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Opus Celebrates 40 Years: 1974-2014

Opus Art Supplies has been an integral part of the visual arts community in BC for the past 40 years. From humble roots as a wholesale framing company in Vancouver, Opus has grown to include 6 retail locations, a national mail order service, and an online store. As the times have changed, Opus as a business has followed suit.

We sat down with Opus owner David van Berckel as he walked us through not only the history of Opus, but through the physical store locations that helped start it all. The result was a nostalgic look back at the people who helped made Opus what it is today and look toward the future of this ever evolving creative resource....Read more

By All Means Create with...

Mandy Tsung

The second artist to join our By All Means Create video series is figurative surrealist painter Mandy Tsung.

She is well known for her unique representations of the female figure — with her artwork crossing borders to central creative hubs like San Francisco. She works in a variety of mediums from oils and acrylics, to the gentle touch of watercolour as seen in the commissioned painting she is working on in the video. ...Read more

A Creative Block Comes Full Circle: featuring Danielle Krysa aka "The Jealous Curator"

“It was the most weird, emotional and fantastic moment. If somebody told me back when I was that terrified BFA student who didn’t fit in, ‘Don’t worry. In 20 years you will be back here and your book is going to be featured book of the month.’ I would have been good then.”

Years after a devastating critique in art school rocked her "art kid" persona, The Jealous Curator and Creative Block author Danielle Krysa is finally finding her way back to painting through sharing the work and struggles of others....Read more

An Art Market Frame of Mind

The season of giving is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to share your work at a local art market. Below, we’ve assembled a myriad of ideas to help boost your success.

Even if you’re a seasoned market booth artist, read on — you’ll find new tips that will help boost your experience this year, too!

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By All Means Create

18 visual artists and one of the most inspiring creative quotes in art history.

If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. -Vincent van Gogh

Paint, pastel, paper. Screen print and block print. Digital art and photography. Pen and pencil. Collage and clay. All were employed to help us illustrate the words of Vincent van Gogh. We invite you to ignore that inner critic who says, "you cannot" because it is through any medium and by all means that art is created....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

Space To Create

Welcome to Space To Create, a fun new way to help you keep your resolution to make ‘making’ a priority this year.

Doodle or draw, paint or paste! We are excited to provide creative exercises offering you a small space for creative play....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

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2014

We send a big THANK YOU to the 739 artists of all ages who challenged themselves to capture the beauty of nature, urban life, and their imaginations in our 3rd Annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge, held at our six Opus locations across BC on Saturday, May 10th, 2014....Read more

Field Studies: Painting En Plein Air

Gaye Adams (SFCA, PSC, MPAC) is an oil painter who loves painting out on location en plein air. Her field studies are important to her because they become accurate colour references for future paintings, as well as being amazing practice for painting quickly in unpredictable situations.

She uses the experience of the day to further evolve herself as an artist and believes the best way to grow as a painter is to paint outdoors. Getting out of the studio and into a beautiful location doesn’t hurt either.

Watch our latest video, Field Studies: Painting En Plein Air and join Gaye as she takes you out on location, sharing her approach to preparing for painting in the great outdoors!...Read more