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Make It

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Wondering where to find the coolest, hippest handmade gifts for everyone on your holiday list? Do you want to support talented Canadian artisans and designers instead of huge multinational chains? Would you rather listen to the hottest DJs rather than Christmas music? Well then Make It is the place you want to be this November 20th-22nd! Shop from over 90 of Canada's hottest emerging artisans under one roof. ...Read more

The Art Studios' Winter Sale and Silent Auction

The Art Studios Winter Sale and Silent Auction

Get ready! The Art Studios – Annual Winter Sale and Silent Auction happens soon! On November 26th – come visit us at The Heritage Hall on Main and 15th, from 12pm-8pm. ...Read more

The Drift 2009

The Drift

The Drift 2009
Main Street's 5th Annual Art Festival
October 2nd, 3rd, & 4th
Art in shops October 1-15

Get to know the artists in the Main Street area. Own an original locally- produced artwork.

The Drift is Main Street's spectacular arts and culture festival that takes place annually during the first weekend of October. Artists in the Main street area open their studios to the public and many of the local businesses along Main Street host an artist in their space. ...Read more

Halloween Ghost Train

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Zombies. Voodoo gods. Wild Women of the Woods. Three-headed dogs. Mexican witches' brew. All these and more are in store for those who dare to climb aboard this year's Stanley Park Hallowe'en Ghost Train.

Since 1999, the Ghost Train has become an annual tradition for thousands of families craving thrills and excitement. Reinventing itself each year with new themes, sets, costumes and many more surprises conjured up by the creative team at Mortal Coil Performance Society, the Ghost Train is a uniquely wonderful and fun experience every trick-or-treat season. ...Read more

LIVE Performance: Wiped

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Jennifer Campbell with collaborator Sven Johansson
Date: Saturday October 17, 2009
Time: 3-6pm
Location: Opus Art & Design Media - 100-207 West Hasting Street & Cambie St...Read more

Leonardo: The Quintessential Renaissance Man

Plan to enjoy an engaging presentation on the life and works of one of the worlds' greatest geniuses – Leonardo da Vinci. This visually rich lecture presented by Nancy Crawford will focus on 7 key principles that both define his extraordinary life and are critical for success in our contemporary world. As part of the talk, participants will also learn how they can utilize these principles in their own lives to foster greater innovation, joy and creativity....Read more

36th Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market

Circle Craft Christmas Market

Vancouver's Circle Craft Christmas Market has been a local tradition since 1972. For 36 years, Vancouverites, British Columbians and tourists from near and far have been enjoying the Market where they come face to face with fine BC and Canadian artisans and their work: wood-turners, glass blowers, sculptors and potters, clothing and jewellery designers, toy-makers and many more.

The Circle Craft Christmas Craft Market attracts some 40,000 people eager to discover the creations of hundreds of Canadian artisans all of whom are individually selected based on talent and diversity.

This November, 265 artisans will present their wares under the sails of the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre (999 Canada Place Way). The 2009 Market runs November 11–15....Read more

Thanks for giving Opus a "Best of Vancouver" nod!

Well, shucks! Thank-you to everyone who voted for Opus (on the Internet and in spirit) in the latest Georgia Straight, Best of Vancouver '09. We were delighted to find ourselves at the top of the list for "Best Art Supply Store."

Best of Vancouver Winner

Local Visual Arts and artists are our inspiration, and keep us doing what we do. So really, this award represents the spirit of the visual arts and artists in Vancouver. We're just happy to be a part of it.

Artists! Let's Change the World

Artists, Let's Change the World

It's no secret that art can shake foundations, topple oppressive structures, plant the seeds of change or bring that change to powerful fruition. In many times and places, art struggles to flourish and be recognized, yet always it dances intensely with politics, with activism, with change, surviving and thriving.

It's also no secret that the human world currently faces a very large challenge: climate change. Some consider it to be the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. However you see it, however I see it, as artists, we must consider it. For if art does anything, it certainly considers....Read more

How art made Opus consider

Rejuvenate your creative self

For many artists, September is a time of renewal. No spring blossoms, no resolutions. Instead, what was once new and vibrant, having blossomed and flourished, now falls away in firey grace, opening up an earthy space for crisp new conceptions. It is the perfect time to learn something new.

Now, new doesn’t have to mean brand new (though that can be very exciting). It can also mean a next step. Whether you’re refreshing a skill, or looking for something completely different, our Workshops & Classes database has an incredible selection of courses offered by local artists – there’s sure to be one that’s perfect for the next evolution of your artistic practice....Read more