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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

A Tribute to Excellence

Lake Country ArtWalk 2009

“A Tribute to Excellence” is the theme for Lake Country ArtWalk 2009, a two day festival which will explore the meeting
of art and sports, making a somewhat loose connection to the upcoming winter Olympic Games.

Did you know that creating art was once an official Olympic event? That changed in 1948, when it was determined that because artists get paid, they did not qualify as amateur? ArtWalk will be reviving that tradition by having a number of artists paint on site within a set time using a selected topic. The judges and viewers will have fun handing out the gold, bronze and silver medals during this unique event....Read more

Okanagan Mural Project

Okanagan Boys & Girls Club

During last year’s Christmas season, Opus gathered donations for the Downtown Youth Center, promising that they would match any donation dollar for dollar with an Opus Gift Card. The staff at the Youth Centre decided to use the funds to create a mural in the centre with the youth.

Over the year many youth and staff had expressed interest in painting a mural, but we did not have the means to complete it. The staff and youth were very excited to see it take shape. Acrylic on plywood, the mural features trees, a sun, mountains and other designs and is a collaboration between the youth and staff within the Richter Street Boys and Girls Club....Read more

Going social online

Going social online icons

Since the Internet got popular in the mid 90’s, the world has seen many trends come and go. After the millenium came and went, one trend began to dominate the Internet: Web 2.0, the “social” web. And today, two giants stand tall on the social web scene: Facebook and Twitter.

Why? Aside from their popular entertainment appeal, these social networking services provide valuable communication and community building opportunities. They allow people and businesses to share what they are doing in real time, providing opportunities for event organization and social momentum that are at the same time technically modern yet “grass roots” in feel....Read more


Harmony Arts Festival

With the Opening of the 20th Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver, the second year Grand Prix of Plein Air d’ Arts was launched on Saturday, August 1, at the Ferry Building Gallery grounds. The event was sponsored by Opus Framing & Art Supplies.

Once again, we appreciate the invaluable presence of the gallery as a center for the arts in West Vancouver and, with curator Ruth Payne, their eager support of plein air painting. The enthusiasm for this event has grown, and this year the plein air celebration brought a total of 18 participants, with a large group of art buffs and Festival visitors watching the art in progress....Read more

Mini Murals 2009 at ArtsWells

ArtsWells Mini Murals

ArtsWells all thing art is a festival that takes place in Wells/Barkerville British Columbia during the long weekend in August. ...Read more

Artful Sundays

Artful Sundays

Hosted by Britannia Community Centre, Artful Sundays returns to Napier Square (Napier at Commercial Drive) this summer starting August 9th through September 6th for 5 Sundays from 12pm to 5pm.

This is an annual celebration of local art featuring work in all media including painting, collage, ceramics, jewellery, photography, textiles, mixed media, printmaking and more! Each Sunday features a different group of artists, a unique opportunity to view and purchase artworks in a casual, outdoor setting and talk with artists in this neighbourhood. As well, there will be artist demonstrations and workshops, live music and some community groups participating....Read more

Healthy inside, healthy outside

To live life to the fullest we need a lot of different things: we need to eat well, sleep well, exercise and fill our lives with activities that stimulate us. As adults we have made choices — where we live, how we live, what kind of career we have and how we spend our free time. For many of you reading this, you have likely chosen to spend more of your time on creative ventures than the average person might. And for the people around you, you are likely an advocate or role model for engaging in creative forms of expression....Read more

Harmony Arts Festival

The Harmony Arts Festival Plein Air Grand Prix of the Arts is happening once again this year in West Vancouver, BC at the Ferry Building Gallery on from July 31st to August 16th.

Come and experience the fun of the Second Annual Outdoor Painting Challenge on Saturday, August 8th from 10am-1pm. Register now for only $35.

The rules are simple:
• Paint in any medium
• Three hour time limit
• Must present piece framed and labeled with name and price
• Must be ready for display at the end of the time limit

Visit the Ferry Building Gallery for details and to register at www.ferrybuildinggallery.com or call 604-925-7290. The gallery is located at 1414 Argyle Avenue....Read more

Fibre, Naturally

Fibre, Naturally

2009 is the International Year of Natural Fibre, and this summer the Korean art of Hanji, 100% natural fibre, will be shown in Vancouver, BC from August 11 to 16.

Hanji is traditional Korean Paper, hand made from the bark of mulberry trees. Hanji paper varies in strength and quality depending on the tree the fibres come from, and the process of making the paper. For centuries it has been used for a wide range of products such as windows and flooring, boxes, dolls and umbrellas, as well as for more traditional paper arts.

The artists of Jeonju, Korea have taken Hanji paper in new and innovative directions, making paper yarns which are woven into fabrics; and making extraordinary paper garments through a felting process known as Joomchi. ...Read more