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Opus PLUS Launches

If you subscribe to the Opus Visual Arts Newsletter and have shopped with us by name since February, you’ve read about Opus PLUS and already received some of the benefits of this membership program. May 1, 2012 marks its official launch....Read more

Photographing Urban Vancouver

Rain Where #5, 2011 by Janet Sadel

In September of 2010, I moved from Toronto to Vancouver. Becoming a permanent resident on the West Coast was to fulfill a dream that any scenic and landscape photographer would envy....Read more

The City as Your Studio

Wall Art – Dan Leo

From inspiration to exhibition possibilities, the urban landscape has a lot to offer an artist. Strategic and creative use of city spaces can provide artists with ample opportunities to work big and showcase their talents....Read more

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2012 - Judges Announced!

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge - April 21, 2012

The Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge juries have been selected! We couldn't be happier with the caliber of judges that have signed on to be part of this fun day.

And the judges are...

Granville Island: 1360 Johnston Street, 604-736-7028
Mila Kostic, FCA, Curator
Shirley Thompson, FCA...Read more

Make It: The Handmade Revolution

dani press cards

Apr. 20 (4–9 p.m.), Apr. 21 (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) & Apr. 22 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
At the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive
www.makeitvancouver.com – $5 at the door

It is always an exciting time of year when the first signs of spring start to appear. The days start to get a little bit longer, cherry blossoms bloom, and tiny, bright green leaves poke their heads out. It is also the time when 110 of Canada’s brightest artisans and crafters show off their fresh new designs at the Croatian Cultural Centre....Read more

En Plein Air with Maria Josenhans

Maria Josenhans En Plein Air

It’s plein air season again! Many people are already preparing to hit the great outdoors for some creative inspiration. Others may ask, why paint outside? And where would I start?...Read more

Painting En Plein Air with Maria Josenhans

Local artist Maria Josenhans spoke with Opus about what painting en plein air does for her and her art. Watch and get inspired to go outside and see what the great outdoors can do for your work!

See more of Maria’s oil and encaustic work on her website: mariajosenhans.com and read the full exclusive article, En Plein Air with Maria Josenhans....Read more

Introducing Opus Plus

It’s been nearly forty years since Opus Art Supplies began as a small picture frame manufacturer. In that time, we’ve looked for different ways to understand the creative individual who shops at our stores. That knowledge has allowed us to evolve our business to become one of the best providers of art supplies, digital printing, and framing in North America....Read more

Refresh, Rethink, Rediscover!

Like a blank canvas or sheet of paper, a new year holds the promise of something new and exciting. Refresh your passion for art by trying a new medium. Rethink your approach by experimenting with new techniques. Many traditional art materials have been around for hundreds of years, and evolving technology offers new ways to use them. Rethink some of the materials you use by applying them in new ways. Here are three techniques that can refresh your practice....Read more

New Explorations in Charcoal

Charcoal and Stencil

This past fall, Opus teamed up with the Continuing Studies Department at Emily Carr University of Art + Design to produce a series of videos with their instructors, including artist Vjeko Sager. Vjeko shared his love of charcoal (he confesses to being a “charcoal-holic”) and demonstrated some of his techniques, using charcoal to create large scale, abstract works that made me look at this medium in a whole new way....Read more