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Visual art festivals are integral to a happy, functioning, and vibrant community. As some may already know, it is not an easy task to organize and produce an annual event. Many elements and contributions outside of the visual arts world are needed to make the event a reality. The final result is truly where the signs of a supportive community show....Read more

Yuichi Takasaka: Facemounted Digital Prints

What do you get when you mix a passion for the Northern Lights with a new digital printing process? The answer can be found this month at Vancouver’s Art Beatus gallery in the photography of Yuichi Takasaka and his Fires In the North exhibition, featuring 20 large-scale, facemounted prints of the Aurora Borealis.

We spoke with Yuichi on the opening day of Fires In the North about his stunning, ethereal photography of the night sky, and how his art has changed with the introduction of digital cameras, digital printing techniques, and new display options such as facemounting....Read more

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2013

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2013

A huge THANK YOU to the 464 artists who braved rainy weather to participate in our 2nd Annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge, held at our six Opus locations across BC on Saturday, April 27, 2013. It was a wonderful day of creativity! Another huge THANK YOU to the 16 judges who had to make tough decisions to pick out the winners....Read more

Take it Outside

With summer right around the corner, it is tempting to leave your artwork and studio behind in search of relaxation and fun in the sun. Why not have both by taking your art along! Read on as outdoor artists share what makes working en plein air work for them.

How do you select your scene and location? Are there specific elements that draw you to it?

Maria Josenhans – Oils...Read more

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2013

Start your spring with a creative challenge!
Whether you’re a seasoned painting pro, a beginning artist, or a creative individual looking for a new challenge, join us at Opus for a fun day with your fellow artists.

Paint in your favourite medium – acrylic, oil, watercolour – or create a mixed media piece, drawing, or collage; you name it! Your only limits: working outdoors within the designated painting zone on the surface we provide you with. And, in true plein air style, the challenge will happen rain or shine. ...Read more

Murray Phillips: A Conversation with My Canvas

Murray Phillips' love and respect for Mother Nature is portrayed strongly in his artwork. As a signature member with Artists for Conservation [an artist run group dedicated to supporting nature through the arts] his passion for nature is extended beyond just painting outdoors. From British Columbia's Bugaboo Provincial Park to the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Murray travels far and wide to capture the beauty that the wilderness has to offer....Read more

Surface Preparation: Sizing & Gesso

Colin Mitchell from Opus Langley demonstrates how easy it is to take control of your artwork right from the start by sizing and priming your canvas with gesso. Using a combination of Golden's GAC 400 and 100 for the size and our own Opus Gesso, Colin ensures his canvas will stand the test of time. Watch the video and learn how you can begin taking those extra steps towards a completely customized final piece....Read more

Oil Painting Techniques: Glaze & Cold Wax Medium

Pierre Giroux from Opus Granville Island continues to perfect the painting he began in his previous video, Introduction to Oil Painting. In this informative How-To video, Pierre demonstrates how you can enhance your underpainting using glazes and cold wax medium techniques, adding texture and visual depth.

Watch the video to see Pierre’s process and the final results!...Read more

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival presents Plein-Air Blossom Painting

Alfonso Tejada, Plein Air Master, at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Those who have experienced springtime in Vancouver are familiar with one of the city’s most distinctive, yet fleeting, delights: over 40,000 blossoming cherry trees, displaying every shade of pink to nearly-white.

For those who find themselves in awe of the cherry blossom’s ephemeral beauty, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s Plein-Air classes are the perfect opportunity to capture your inspiration. Classes are held each Saturday in April from 11am-2pm at VanDusen Botanical Garden, which has several spectacular cherry tree locations....Read more

Animated Imagination with Jeff Chiba Stearns

Jeff Chiba Stearns is a Vancouver based, multi award-winning animation and documentary filmmaker. His love of pen, paper, and story is the driving force behind his creative pursuits as he continually strives to inspire others to create. Known for his award-winning animated short Yellow Sticky Notes, Jeff pushed his creative boundaries as an animator when he took upon the task of animating the whole film on Post-It notes. ...Read more