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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

Artist Trading Card Exhibition

Artist Trading Cards

Why are you giving it away? When first introduced to Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), the prospect of giving away an original artwork is a difficult concept for a lot of people. However, ATCs function as much more than just an artwork. They are a reminder that art is a process to be enjoyed, rather than how much an artwork is worth in dollars. ATCs require a smaller time investment compared to a large artwork yet the process often leads to new experiments or ideas. The ability to discuss your works face-to-face with other artists is an added bonus, receiving instant feedback about your art. Whether ATCs are made for an exhibition or a trading session, the key element is the exchange that takes place between artists. There are no art stars, there is no money involved....Read more

Drawn Festival 2009 Presents “City Hall”

Drawn - Artists & Drawings

Drawn 2009 Official Launch Party Tonight, July 17, 7-11 pm at 1 Alexander St. in Gastown.

“City Hall,” is a public drawing performance in Gastown, Vancouver, BC—Four Vancouver artists will transform one of the city’s most historic public spaces into a site-specific drawing performance as part of this summer’s Drawn festival. In a work called City Hall, artists Dylan McHugh, Leisha O’Donohue, Ian Prentice and Rachel D. White (known collectively as DRIL) will draw directly onto a wood-and-canvas replica of the tent that, according to a well-known photograph, served as a temporary city hall after the Great Fire of 1886 destroyed most of Vancouver....Read more

Our NEW Website:

We are so excited to introduce you to our new and improved website. It features the same great information that you have always seen, including art news, events, demos, community news and opinions. We have simply made it a lot easier to find, read and even interact with because you can write comments. We hope that overtime it will provide a place for you to read, and share, art related news, ideas and opinions that are meaningful to you.

We have also introduced an 'Opus Blog' on our site, which includes a range of topics and tidbits that we think are worth sharing and discussing. Feel free to comment on them or add them to your RSS feed so you are always kept informed on new content. Just click the little orange RSS feedbox at the very top right of the blog page to get started....Read more

Gift to Cuban Artists

While attending a conference at the University of Pinar del Rio in Cuba I was fortunate to meet two artists with international reputations. In a country hit by extreme hardship these artists not only maintain high levels of creativity, they are helping their fellow Cubans in other meaningful ways....Read more

FCA in the Okanagan

"I'll give a first prize of $2,008 for such a show" – and with these words, a barely-known acquaintance became the anonymous patron of Art Visions 2008. That was 2 years ago; now the Annual National Art Visions Exhibition and Sale is a reality.

The mission of the Art Visions 2009 exhibition is to recognize and promote the excellent art being created in Canada today. From the beginning the idea has been to offer significant awards to attract quality images for exhibition, and to reward excellence. Submissions have been sought from members of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), an organization with approximately 2,500 members across Canada....Read more

Tips on Keeping a Sketchbook

Here are some ideas Ken O'Connell uses with his students to help newcomers and veterans in creating a sketchbook:...Read more

  • Feel guilty if you haven't made a mark in your book in seven days. We spend a lot of time trying to avoid guilt in our lives, he says, but guilt can also be a healthy motivator. Use it.
  • Divide the page into two or three parts, so you don't feel obligated to fill the page or complete something. The worst stumbling block people have is fear of failure. The sketchbook will be full of fragments. Accept that.

Britannia Legacy Mural Project

The Britannia Gym "C" Legacy mural is being designed and painted by students of the school and volunteers from the community. The resulting work, completed and installed in the spring of 2009, will add a colourful and dynamic facet to this diverse community. Installed on the west wall of Gym "C", it will become an important visual element in the corridor leading to the Britannia Ice Rink. Britannia Ice Rink will be a highly active site for the upcoming Olympic games and will be seen by many in the coming years....Read more