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You may have noticed this icon lurking about our new website:

RSS feed icon example

You can find a small one in the top right-hand corner of most “list” pages (pages where article headings and beginnings are listed), as well as in the bottom right-hand area of the front page. It is the standard “feed-icon” which designates web pages that are associated with syndicated feeds.

What’s a feed?

An RSS (Really Simple Sindication) feed is simply a list of recently updated or posted content. Feeds serve as a convenient way to have websites notify you about new stuff, rather than having to check every day, yourself. We think that's pretty great.

For example, if your local newspaper offered an RSS feed, it would most likely be a list of all the headlines for the most recent issue. If it were a daily issue, your feed would update every morning. But that might be too many headlines to handle, so your newspaper also offers separate feeds for each section: if you were to subscribe to the “International News” section, you'd only get the headlines for International News. The more feeds a site has, the more choice you have about what kind of web content you wish to be notified about.

For a more in-depth discussion, check Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_feed

How do I see a feed?

You can see what a feed looks like by clicking the feed icon. But if you have to come click that icon every day, that’s no use. Instead, you subscribe to feeds through a feed aggregator. An aggregator is really just any program that consolidates all your subscribed feeds. Some are web-based, while others can be downloaded, and many offer handy ways to organize and customize your feeds.

Where do I find aggregators?

If you like, Wikipedia has a handy list of aggregators from which to choose. If you do not feel like downloading and installing new software, try scrolling down the page until you find the list of “Web-based Services.” Usually, these are free and simply require you to sign up with a username and password.

How do I subscribe to a feed?

Usually, the aggregator will make it easy to subscribe to feeds (a Manage Feeds, or My Feeds, or Subscribe option should be easy to spot). Every feed can be found at a feed URL. For example, the front page feed for our website is: http://feeds.feedburner.com/Opus. This is all you’ll need – your aggregator will ask you where to find the feed, and you just copy and paste this URL into the box provided and hit “subscribe.” Your aggregator will then give you a link to click to check out the feed. If you have 10 feeds, you’ll have ten links. Instead of checking ten websites, you check your aggregator to see which feeds are updated.

And if you want to make life really easy, try subscribing to a widely used aggregator, like Bloglines, Yahoo, or Google. Why? Well, many of the newer browsers are configured to help you subscribe to feeds more easily. Instead of having to use your aggregator to subscribe, with some browsers you can just click the feed icon and the browser will display a list of many common aggregator services. Pick the one you use, and the browser will take care of some of the subscription process.

Where are the Opus feeds?

Currently, you can find a feed icon on our front page, www.opusartsupplies.com. It is near the bottom, and contains all of our currently featured content.

But you can also find a feed icon in the top right corner of community news, product articles, opinion, the opus blog, all opus blog topic pages (website tips, new products, etc.), and in a few other places too. Just find it, click it, subscribe, and let your aggregator tell you when we've put up new and interesting content that you're interested in.

Happy reading!

Comments

I'm interested in the digital canvas printing and I noticed that members get a discount - how does an emerging artist become a member? thank you
PS your captcha is a veritable challenge to read/decipher; perhaps a button to change it? or audible?

Hello JPierre,

Thank you for your question and your interest in becoming an Opus PLUS Member.

You can sign up to become an Opus PLUS Member at any of our stores or by calling 1-800-663-6953. If you would like to receive our informational and promotional mailings (print newsletters and flyers, and emails), just let the us know when you sign up.

More information on the Opus PLUS Program can be found here: http://www.opusartsupplies.com/services/opusplus

And thank you for the feedback on the Captcha image, it's much appreciated. We'll be making some changes to our website over the next few months so we'll look into this within that.

Hope this helps,
Aska

Hello,
I am a local an artist Mayumi Nogami.
My painting technique “Ink & Gouache resist” is a little unique and so much fun. Many people ask me that I have class or not. Unfortunately, I don’t have a studio now. I am looking for opportunity to introduce my painting technique. Do you have any plan to take new instructor near future? Please check my web site.
Also, I am going to do my small demonstration Jan. 28 1:00-3:00 at Ceder Hill art centre studio. Ceder Hill Art Club invited me. The door is open for everybody by donation to Art Club $5. This is my 3rd demo in Victoria.
I hope you have a moment to check my website or talk to me.
Thank you

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Hello,
I am a local an artist Mayumi Nogami.
My painting technique “Ink & Gouache resist” is a little unique and so much fun. Many people ask me that I have class or not. Unfortunately, I don’t have a studio now. I am looking for opportunity to introduce my painting technique. Do you have any plan to take new instructor near future? Please check my web site.
Also, I am going to do my small demonstration Jan. 28 1:00-3:00 at Ceder Hill art centre studio. Ceder Hill Art Club invited me. The door is open for everybody by donation to Art Club $5. This is my 3rd demo in Victoria.
I hope you have a moment to check my website or talk to me.
Thank you

.

Hello Mayumi,

Thank you for your question. We currently only offer classes at our locations in North Vancouver and Kelowna, however we do offer Visiting Artist Demonstrations and Workshops across all of our locations. Each location books their own Visiting Artist Demonstrations and Workshops. I have passed your information on to the Victoria store, and if they think that your demonstration would be a good fit for their customers, they will get in touch with you!

In the meantime, you are welcome to create an Instructor profile and post any upcoming demonstrations you are hosting at other facilities in our Art News.

To list your demonstration in Art News, you'll need an Instructor profile on our website. If you don't already have one, please visit: http://www.opusartsupplies.com/user/register to sign up.

Remember to make a note of your login name and password so you can post again in the future. For more details: http://www.opusartsupplies.com/community/community-news/creating-art-new...

Once you have your login name and password, you can then create an Workshop / Class post. Just click the "Workshop / Class" link under "Post Something!" and enter the information about your workshop or class. For more details: http://www.opusartsupplies.com/help/you-can-now-post-art-news

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions. Happy posting!
Aska

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