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Surrey Children's Festival

Surrey Children's Festival

Join us for a culturally diverse artistic journey at the 6th annual Surrey Children’s Festival. This year’s Festival will take place June 3, 4 and 5 at the Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park. Surrey Children’s Festival is the only Arts-based children’s festival in Surrey and surrounding area, and this year we are expecting over 20,000 people on site to enjoy hands-on art activities and high calibre performances....Read more

Artists Among Us

Artists Among Us...Creative Transitions Art Show and Sale

ArtWorks Studio, Canadian Mental Health Association presents the 5th Annual Artists Among Us…Creative Transitions Art Show and Sale from May 7 to 9, 2010.

Laughter wafts down the halls of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) building on Sutherland Avenue in Kelowna. In following the source of these cheerful sounds, you find yourself in a large, bright room filled with sunshine and art. A number of people gather in this warm and inviting space, some at easels and others seated at a long center table; some are happily chatting while others are quietly concentrating…everyone is creating art. You have arrived at the ArtWorks Studio in Kelowna....Read more

Make It Vancouver, 2010

Crowds at Make It

The birds are chirping, cherry blossoms are blooming, and you have the overwhelming urge to get out and shop! Instead of heading to a generic, overcrowded mall why not experience a shopping event that will entice all your senses. If you want to support over 90 of Canada's brightest urban artisans and designers Spring Make It is the place to be this May 1-2. Find everything from fashion accessories, clothing, home décor, art, gourmet goodies and many other one-of-a-kind handmade items. All your spring shopping needs are taken care of from lovely gifts to perfect self indulgences. Make It is about celebrating creativity, having fun and supporting amazing Canadian talent. The vibe at the show is funky, hip and urban - very different from you traditional granny craft show!...Read more

Showcase of Art 2010

Showcase of Art 2010 at the Juan de Fuca 55+ Centre

As our population ages, there are more and more seniors doing art, and they have a lot to contribute. The Juan De Fuca 55+ Centre in Colwood, BC, is presenting Showcase of Art, a fine illustration of all the creative and artistic talent that exists in our seniors.

The show highlights the many creative endeavours of the members of the centre, such as oil and acrylic painting, watercolours, wood carving and turnings, chinese brush painting, drawings (various media), sculptures, photography and much, much more....Read more

With Glowing Hearts

With Glowing Hearst, Animal Mother Films, Andrew Lavigne and Jon Ornoy

Well, it’s over now. The sporting/cultural/souvenir-buying frenzy known as the 2010 Winter Olympics has passed through and it certainly was quite an adventure. For the past year, Animal Mother Films, a Vancouver-based production company, has been hard at work documenting the coming of the Games as seen through the eyes of a vibrant and dedicated social media community which has sprung up in the city’ss impoverished Downtown Eastside (DTES). The resulting film, With Glowing Hearts, tracks the growth of this nascent movement of citizen journalists as they prepare to make their voices heard amongst the din of 5,000 visiting media from around the world, and to represent their community to the world as faithfully as possible....Read more

Fresh from the Studio And into your home!

Blackberry Artist's Society Gift Shop artist Jacqueline Sheridan

The Blackberry Artist’s Society (BAS) is a group of artists who really know the benefits of being part of a cooperative. Since its beginning in 1997, the society has grown from just a couple of members to over 30 artists, and they are always happy to welcome new artists to the group. The BAS was formed when the City of Port Moody opened up the Port Moody Arts Centre, in the building that had just become the ’old‘ City Hall. Originally, the Arts Centre was opened and closed by members of the BAS on a part time basis. In exchange for volunteering to open and close the Arts Centre, the BAS was given a space inside to sell its own artwork, and the Blackberry Gift Shop was created. ...Read more

the BALCONY gallery

the BALCONY gallery at Xchanges in Victoria

It’s always great to see new and innovative ways to display artwork. What intrigued us here at Opus about this project in Victoria was the unique gallery space, a balcony, located in an industrial area. As an alternative to a gallery wall, it broadens what can be produced and showcased. Xchanges and everyone here at Opus put the challenge to you - create and submit your ideas and incorporate a balcony any way you imagine it. The deadline to submit has been extended to April 15th, 2010. Don’t delay!...Read more

Supporting Artists

Screaming for Freedom by Shawn Giroux The Lifeskills Centre

The Lifeskills Centre is a unique and groundbreaking resource centre providing opportunities to enter capacity building programs and classes, as well as basic services such as laundry, food, and showers, to Canada’s most vulnerable population. The Lifeskills Centre’s mission is to empower the lives of our visitors and create opportunities for those who are hardest to reach and who have the least in material and cultural capital. ...Read more

On the Journey: Art of Hope and Recovery

On the Journey: Art of Hope and Recovery

As a volunteer at the BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) Victoria branch, I found others in recovery from a mental illness, and their family members, who are artists and poets but who have difficulty exhibiting their work or feel awkward reading their poetry in a public sphere. I was impressed by the high standards of their creative and expressive work. During a meeting with the Peer group, many expressed interest in being part of this project and offering their services....Read more

You sure showed us!

DareArts and Opus Art & Design Media

We spread the word and you delivered beyond anything we could have ever imagined. It is your wonderful support which allows these art organizations to keep on making art. Thank you for your generosity as each dollar donated was matched by Opus.

In total we raised over $35,950.00

We would like to share with you a little about what each organization has done with the money raised over the holidays at each of the Opus locations: ...Read more