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Pre-Order NOW to Beat the Back To School Rush!

Plan ahead for an artful 2015/2016 school year - place a pre-order for your classroom for fall session delivery. Orders over $200, receive FREE shipping, too!*

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Save 30% Off Any & All Gamblin Products!

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Opus Readymade Frames

Discover your new favourite frame today!

Trevor Code from Opus Granville Island sets the framework for the features and assembly of many of our popular ready-made frames in these quick and simple videos....Read more

The Making of an Escoda Versatil Brush

Watch a true Master in action!

Ricard Escoda, Senior from Escoda Artist Brushes paid a visit to Opus to demonstrate the Versatil, a beautiful brush line that rivals the performance of Kolinsky sable.

These professional synthetic watercolour brushes are handmade, and Ricard, a master brush maker, had all the tools used to craft them on hand. He had everyone entranced as he assembled a round Versatil –  so much so that we had to film it!

Watch Mr. Escoda as he elegantly blends modern technology with time-honoured techniques to create a Versatil brush before your eyes....Read more

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2015

2015 New Spring Plein-Air Blossom Sessions

The 2015 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s (VCBF) Plein-Air Session will be an exceptional celebration of beauty in the city, with participants painting outdoors, searching for the colours and majestic images of the cherry trees in bloom this spring.

The Plein-Air Session is an opportunity to open our eyes, and with our full senses discover the richness of the world always present. It is a time to break away from seclusion and be inspirited by the beauty that surrounds us....Read more

Share your Gift

Join artists Pierre Coupey, Sarah Clement, and Enda Bardell as they reminisce about their first memories of art, and explore what exactly drew them to working with the mediums they love.

Pierre Coupey

"Paint itself is something I'm in love with – the way of making shape and form with a loaded brush. Without that, I think life would be quite deprived."

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By All Means Create with ...

Kathy van Gogh

What's in a name? A lot when yours is shared with a famous relation. Our By All Means Create with… series draws to a close with decorative artist Kathy van Gogh.

Kathy knows the voice of her inner critic well - bearing the name van Gogh deterred her from creating for almost forty years of her life. As a means to paint while not being regarded as a “painter”, she chose to enter the creative world through the decorative arts. In the process, she has found ways to use the critic's voice to make the pieces she loves a success....Read more

Fertile Images + Design

"Use whatever tools are available. We combine film photography with digital photography, painting and design - these all help us make our images." - Zak Sarwari

Zak Sarwari and Lysa Bromaroff have joined together in life, art, and business through their love of photography to form Fertile Images + Design....Read more

Art Battle: Yared Nigussu - Artist & Champion

I think I was born to be a painter. I don't know if I chose it but maybe art chose me. It is above me, beyond what I am. It's like eating, drinking –  so I need to paint.

From crowded arenas to the solace of his studio, artist and 2-time National Art Battle Champion, Yared Nigussu connects with the world around him through his highly expressive paintings. He engages viewers with his upbeat energy, genuine personality, and fast–paced painting style, which has elevated this rising star throughout the Canadian visual art community....Read more

Experience the Best of BC

Since its inception in 2002, the BC Cultural Crawl has kicked off each August in tandem with BC Day celebrations happening across the province. With over 70 communities participating, cultural enthusiasts and travelers alike anticipate the unique and authentic experiences in communities across BC during the BC Cultural Crawl, creating a bustling cultural scene province wide....Read more