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Make It! The Handmade Revolution

Make It! The Handmade Revolution returns to Vancouver November 19th to 21st at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive). This is a super awesome shopping experience that combines a craft show with a party! DJ Leanne will be spinning tunes while you peruse the 100 rock star artists & designers joining us from all over Canada. Since holiday shopping can be somewhat draining we encourage sipping on a glass a wine or beer from our bar. Plus it might loosen you up enough to indulge in a little shopping for yourself too. Hey, you deserve it!...Read more

Process & Intent; The Making of Art

As part of this year’s Culture Crawl experience, Vancouver’s Alex Henderson is curating Process & Intent, a group exhibition at The Cultch that will feature a behind the scenes look at the artist’s creative process. This show, which will be featuring the prototypes, maquettes, patterns and sketchbooks of ‘Crawl’ artists, will offer the viewing audience a rare opportunity to see how various artists bring an idea from the raw, fragmentary state and transform it into a finished work of art....Read more

Great Photos Deserve Canvas

Our friends at the 12x12 Vancouver Photo Marathon visited Opus Art & Design Media to learn more about how our digital printing service can enhance your photo work....Read more

New Workshops & Classes Section Live!

New Workshops and Classes Section

Ten years ago we set out to offer a community space online that would facilitate visual arts community education: our Workshops & Classes section where art teachers and art students seeking art education in BC could link up. Though our site was on the cutting edge of technology at the time, without further refinements we found it lagging behind as the years went on. While we loved our old Workshops & Classes area, technology has advanced enough that we can offer something better, so we decided to do just that.

Introducing our NEW Workshops & Classes Section...Read more

The Old School House: Mosaic 200

Like a mosaic, an art centre involves multiple elements coming together to create a whole much larger than each individual part. The Old School House Arts Centre (TOSH) in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island is made up of many artists, musicians, volunteers and members who together have created a unique and distinctive venue. TOSH is celebrating its twenty-third year as a non – profit art centre and currently accommodates, in seven studios, twenty-five Resident Artists (painters, photographers, potters and a silversmith) who work full or part-time. The three galleries at TOSH are filled with monthly exhibitions for eleven and a half months of the year. To help celebrate the Olympics in British Columbia, TOSH hosted a national juried art show in February of 2010....Read more

Van Gogh Paintings Spring to Life on the Giant IMAX Screen

Van Gogh: Brush with Genius is an unprecedented look at the artist’s life revealed as never seen before. Van Gogh was a man who painted as he loved and who loved as he painted—with fire and passion. The film allows the audience to discover his life of genius, far removed from the ‘tragic artist’ for which he is known.

Now playing at the National Geographic IMAX Theatre in Victoria, Van Gogh traces the life of the artist, through his work and letters, from the time of his first canvas at age 27 to his death in 1890. Narrated by an actor playing the artist, it seems as if Vincent were in the next theatre seat, commenting on the events, sometimes in a fond manner, at other times seemingly somewhat annoyed....Read more

Teens Paint Under Lights at Camp Goodtimes

Imagine a summer evening, 67 teens full of gusto, 12 large canvases stretched tautly along tent walls, and dozens of palettes loaded with bright pools of paint. That was the scene at Camp Goodtimes situated in the forest beside Lake Loon, Maple Ridge. The annual summer camp, hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society, is for children and teens with cancer. This year is the 25th anniversary.

James Picard, renowned Canadian artist, teacher and humanitarian, spearheaded the class for the fourth consecutive year. Opus Framing & Art Supplies, along with other local businesses, contributed canvas and paint to help make it all happen. ...Read more

The Harmony Arts Festival 3rd Annual Grand Prix Plein Air Challenge

The 2010 Grand Prix of Plein Air Challenge was a successful event in spite of the rain and chilling winds blowing from the water’s edge in Ambleside. A challenge to anyone else, that is, but not to this group of 23 brave and focused participants, whose interest in painting outdoors brought them together, not to compete, but to participate in a unique group event. There is a pleasure as well as challenge in daring to paint outdoors. The challenge for this group of artists was having to produce and frame a painting in three hours....Read more

Professional Development at Emily Carr

Continuing Studies - Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Did you know that Emily Carr Continuing Studies offers Professional Development courses and workshops for artists and designers at every level? This fall, take advantage of professional guidance and peer support as you create or update your business plans, get serious about marketing your work, or brush up on your writing and networking skills. All courses take place at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, on Granville Island.

Registration is open now; call 604-844-3810 to reserve your spot, or visit www.ecuad.ca/cs for information on registering.

WHY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT?...Read more

34th Annual Powell Street Festival

Powell Street Festival. Image by Noah Photography.

From sumo wrestling to ikebana, tea ceremonies to screaming contests, takoyaki (octopus balls) to Japanese pop music, the 34th Annual Powell Street Festival offered something for everyone!...Read more