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2011 Vancouver International Dance Festival: March 1–19

The Vancouver International Dance Festival has a lot to offer for inspiring visual artists. Dancers are sculptors of space and time using their own bodies as the architectural tools that change our perceptions of the world we live in. Add the creativity of lighting and costume designers and the atmosphere created by original music compositions and you have performances that etch themselves in your imagination....Read more

Cloudscape – Vancouver's Own Comics Community

Comics are by their nature an isolating endeavour, but the Cloudscape Comics
is helping to change that by bringing Vancouver’s indie, manga, and webcomic creators together in one place. The collective meets each week to share their artistic skills and discuss the comics business. The Internet has done a lot to bring people together, but meeting peers in person is an altogether different experience. By actually sitting next to another person and drawing in a casual environment, one is able to ask, “Hey, why do you draw your speech bubbles that way?” or, “Can you help me figure out the perspective in this panel?”...Read more

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival: Plein Air Painting Classes

Celebrating the magnificent awakening of spring, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival presents En Plein Air Blossom Painting classes every Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm at VanDusen Botanical Gardens, between April 2nd and April 23rd, 2011. Working outdoors at one of the most beautiful gardens, plein air inspires both novice artists and those who are more seasoned and searching for a new approach to their art. It is a chance to discover nature’s ever-changing light, colour, form and composition while developing a personal style of painting. As a plein air master, Alfonso Tejada’s focus is to present artists with a variety of tips and techniques to painting outdoors, using watercolour, pastel, oil and acrylic....Read more

South Island Artists

Inspired by an Artist Survival Skills workshop hosted by Chris Tyrell, a number of participants recently banded together to form the group South Island Artists. Their first exhibition, Boundless, will be held at Goward House in Victoria, February 4th to March 2nd, 2011....Read more

Langley Camera Club Presents: Freeman Patterson

The Langely Camera Club welcomes one of Canada’s most highly acclaimed and influential photographers, Freeman Patterson. In his all day seminar, Visual Design, Freeman will share his expertise and exquisite photography through a series of instructional slide programs. The presentaion will be infused with lively discussion and opportunities for questions and answers....Read more

An Art Filled New Year

Set your course for art-venture in 2011. Whether you are a beginner striving to learn or a professional looking to discover new mediums and techniques, there are plenty of lectures, workshops and art classes offered throughout BC.

GRANVILLE ISLAND: Emily Carr Continuing Studies art and design classes emphasize a 'hands-on' format with small class sizes to cultivate an atmosphere of focused learning. Try Book Making, Painting, Textile Printing and more. Explore, create and enjoy in 2011! Visit: http://www.ecuad.ca/programs/cs...Read more

Artist Interview: Camilla d'Errico

Opus visited Camilla d'Errico's studio recently and spoke with her about about her creative process, how her work has been translated into merchandise, and how her marketing efforts help her in the business of art....Read more

Opus Donations 2010

This year, Opus continues the tradition of giving back to our communities by working with our customers to raise money for local arts charities. Each of our sales areas will be fundraising for a local community group chosen by our staff. We encourage you to take part by making a donation next time you visit or make a purchase. Opus will match all donations. Please help us make this year even more successful than last, and in turn provide generous support to arts programs in need....Read more


Photo by Jeremy Lim

November 4th saw the culmination of the hard work and dedication of Corwin Hiebert and Eileen Roth (plus a horde of volunteers) into the one-day mash up that is CREATIVEMIX—Vancouver’s ideation conference. This was the second time that they have put on this event and it was, by all accounts, a smashing success.

On event day, when you walked in to the event location at the Roundhouse Community Centre you found your self immediately in the CREATIVEEX—what Corwin likes to refer to as an inspirational meet-up space that feels like an art show meets grade 6 science fair meets idea expo. Honestly, that pretty much sums it up—it was excellent!...Read more

Towards the Light

“You found your wings, lift slow through charcoal skies. Weighted, I remain.

“Seven years later, I move forward, choose light. Paint pictures not of you but for you—and even now I cannot find the words to write. Still just a heartbeat, still just a breath away, goodbye seems too strong a word for an absence only as complete as I choose to believe. Seven years later, I know that you would want to see me smile.” —Indigo...Read more