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Wearable Art Awards

Picture of a wearable art dress

The Port Moody Arts Centre presents their annual Wearable Art Awards event which encourages local, Canadian and international artists of all mediums to submit evocative, imaginative and thought provoking creations for the human body....Read more


CONNECT: our community, our art, our show

Coast Mental Health presents CONNECT: our community, our art, our show, from February 5th until March 20th at The Gathering Place Community Centre at 609 Helmcken Street. CONNECT is an art show featuring artists who use social services and live, work or consider the Downtown South of Vancouver home. In addition to the juried art show, the public is invited to participate in workshops including: working with textures, poetry reading, collage, photography and drawing.

A catalogue has been produced presenting the artists and a piece of their work, which can be purchased for $20 by emailing artshow@coastmentalhealth.com ...Read more

Petition in Support of the Arts

We are asking all art lovers to help join with the arts community in protest of the funding cuts to the arts in British Columbia. This is your chance to make your voices heard.

How can you help?

Sign or circulate the petition, details below. Please note that all Opus stores have copies of the petition available to sign.

The Petition in Support of the Arts will be presented to the Legislature Feb 10 or 11. The petition is a comprehensive 3 year vision for arts funding in BC. This is the last few weeks to have our say before the budget is presented. Over 2800 signatures have been collected as of Jan. 20th. A huge thanks to all the individuals and groups involved....Read more

Staff Pick Watercolour Workshop

Art Escapes is an exciting series of watercolor workshops taking place at the Granville Island Hotel in Vancouver, BC. An island retreat in the heart of the city, Granville Island brings together the best of Vancouver, an eclectic mix of art, culture and the outdoors.

Capture the excitement of Granville Island and learn something new with internationally renowned artist Nicholas Simmons. Nicholas' workshop will be held from April 22nd to 24th. This workshop is intended to advanced and intermediate painters. The cost is $450 plus GST.

Hurry as this workshop is filling up fast!

For further information and to register, visit www.artescapesvancouver.com

UNYA Aries Program

Wolf Print Design by UNYA Aries Program

Students at UNYA’s Aries Program took part in printmaking workshops offered this month through a generous donation of supplies from Opus Framing & Art Supplies. Twelve First Nations youth (13-15 years old) at the alternate school in East Vancouver were very excited to have a rare opportunity to explore printmaking. Youth were captivated by the process, relishing the challenge to understand the concept of relief work, to envision and execute a design, and to realize the patience and determination that would see it through. A lot of goodwill was generated by the inking process – there was an air of jubilation when youth realized the tangible reward for their efforts. Designs ranged from a simple Christmas greeting to traditional Northwest Coast and Cree designs....Read more

A Night of Social Craft

Aaron Lowe Horizon, Museum of Vancouver, Art of Craft

There are a number of activities you likely save for those times when you’re alone, in the privacy of your own home, or with a group of close friends. Museum of Vancouver (MOV) plans to throw open the doors and invite those who are passionate or just plain curious to join us for a lively evening of social craft.

DIY @ MOV is a night dedicated to celebrating the creativity and community of the growing DIY (do-it-yourself) craft, art and design movement in Vancouver. Generously sponsored by OPUS, there’ll be materials, workshops and group activities in a range of art and craft media from paper and paint to yarn. Activities are geared so that everyone can participate – from the craft newbie to seasoned creators....Read more

Lucky Boxing Day Winners!

Big Sky Easel at Opus Framing & Art Supplies

Our Boxing Day Sale began at each of our locations on December 26th. The line-ups began and the merriness of tummies full of turkey were a-plenty.

We had an array of amazing Door Crasher Specials and best of all, we had a Big Sky Easel as a draw prize. The first 50 people through the door were entered into a draw to win.

We are happy to announce that the winner of the Big Sky Easel for the following Opus locations:

Opus Kelowna is Carol-Ann Hunter.

The Mail Order department is June Hunter.

Opus Victoria is Emily Ashford.

Opus North Vancouver is Mike Nichols.

Opus Art & Design Media is Liam MacLeod.

Opus Granville Island is Brendan Oke.

Congratulations to everyone!

Tireless Runner Fundraiser


Kwantlen Polytechnic University recently hosted its second annual Tireless Runner Fund-raising Dinner and Silent Auction on Friday, November 13th. The Tireless Runner endowment fund was established in 1994 to fund awards for Aboriginal students studying at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. At present, there are approximately 350 Aboriginal students enrolled in various programs....Read more

Vancouver Biennale: On now until 2011, so wander Vancouver!

For those who may not be familiar with the term, biennale is Italian for “every other year” and is commonly appropriated by English speakers to refer specifically to biannual international art events. For some, going to a biennale can be akin to pilgrimage: a long travel for the purpose of experiencing some sort of transformative enlightenment.

But good news! You don’t need to go to Venice or Florence to be exposed to and inspired by International Art. The Vancouver Biennale 2009-2011 is on right now....Read more

Sharing some artistic cheer this season

Kathryn Ricketts Workshop

This year we are continuing our tradition of giving back to our communities by working with our customers to raise money for local arts charities. Each of our sales areas, including all our stores and our mail order department, will be fundraising for a local community group chosen by our staff. We encourage you to take part by making a donation the next time you visit in-store or online &$8211; and Opus will match all funds contributed.
Together we raised over $26,000 last year. Please help us make this year even more successful and in turn provide much needed support to arts programs in need, many of whom are currently facing catastrophic funding cuts. Every contribution helps those in need!


School programs at the VAG