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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

Plein Air at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Discover the light and colours of the season under the cherry trees. The transcendent beauty of the cherry blossoms continues to inspire artists during Vancouver’s signature springtime event, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF)....Read more

Twelve Years of Giving

Each year we work with you to raise funds for local community groups and that tradition continues! All Opus stores select an local organization to support and conduct a fundraising drive over the holiday season. We encourage you to take part in this, our 12th Annual Christmas Donation Drive, by making a donation the next time you visit us. Opus will match all donations with a gift card of equal value to the funds raised to help each group’s programs. Please help us make this year even more successful than last with your generous support.

Downtown Vancouver is supporting Hope in Shadows...Read more

Dream Studio

Pierre Coupey in his Studio

Opus visited painter Pierre Coupey in his West Vancouver studio to uncover the key elements of a workspace that supports the creative process.

Pierre Coupey’s studio is as warm and inviting at the artist himself. There is an order and a serenity that equally calms the creative brain and excites it, making you want to pick up your chosen media and get to work. We spoke with Pierre about the beautiful space he has created in his home and how working there affects his practice....Read more

National Portfolio Day

Prints by G. Brown in an Itoya Art Profolio Evolution presentation book.

A portfolio is not only used in the pursuit of work when you complete your schooling but also essential in gaining entry into the art program of your choice. National Portfolio Day (NPD) gathers representatives from more than 25 North American art and design institutions to discuss your educational and professional goals and critique your portfolio for potential admission to your chosen art or design school....Read more

The Handmade Revolution

Heyday Designs – Dominion Wide Mouth Jar

It is time once again to get your craft show party hats on! That’s right, Make It! The Handmade Revolution is back for our first ever four day show. From November 24–27 you will find over 115 artisans and designers from all over Canada at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver....Read more

Anonymous Art Show

Anonymous Art Show

Artists and art admirers alike will love the Anonymous Art Show. Proudly hosted by the North Vancouver Community Arts Council, the 2011 show marks this successful group exhibition and fundraising event’s 7th year....Read more

The Nostalgia of Printed Film: 12x12 Vancouver Photo Marathon

Carol's film cameras, including her Yellow Peace Wide Lens Camera.

I either have an adventurous spirit, or maybe I just think that sometimes it’s better not to know what I’m getting into. I can’t remember why my husband and I signed up – neither one of us had really shot with film much – but in 2009, we both registered for the 12x12 Vancouver Photo Marathon....Read more

Youth Stamp Artist Profile

Going Deeper, Bethany Harris • Wildlife Habitat Canada’s 2011 Youth Stamp

My art teacher, when I was in Junior High, used to say that taking the wrapper off a new canvas was like opening a box of chocolates. It’s exciting, choosing what to paint. Taking the concepts in your head and realizing them on board, canvas, watercolour or sketching paper. Then sharing it with others. That’s what makes art so compelling for me....Read more