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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

Share your Gift

Join artists Enda Bardell, Pierre Coupey, and Sarah Clement as they reminisce about their first memories of art, and explore what exactly drew them to working with the mediums they love.

Enda Bardell

"It only takes one person to believe in someone"

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Opus Donations Drive 2014: Share Your Gift!

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Happy holidays!

What better time to contribute to the arts community than in this, the season of giving. Now in its 15th year, the Opus Donations Drive raises funds for local organizations, matching your cash donations with Opus gift cards of equal value, to assist each group’s programs. Let’s continue to share our gift with the community. See which charity your local Opus store is donating to this year!

By All Means Create with ...

Kathy van Gogh

What's in a name? A lot when yours is shared with a famous relation. Our By All Means Create with… series draws to a close with decorative artist Kathy van Gogh.

Kathy knows the voice of her inner critic well - bearing the name van Gogh deterred her from creating for almost forty years of her life. As a means to paint while not being regarded as a “painter”, she chose to enter the creative world through the decorative arts. In the process, she has found ways to use the critic's voice to make the pieces she loves a success....Read more

Fertile Images + Design

"Use whatever tools are available. We combine film photography with digital photography, painting and design - these all help us make our images." - Zak Sarwari

Zak Sarwari and Lysa Bromaroff have joined together in life, art, and business through their love of photography to form Fertile Images + Design....Read more

Opus Big Picture 2014 – Black & White Edition Gallery

Thank you to everyone who participated in our digital photography event:

The Opus Big Picture 2014: Black & White Edition

This summer, we invited you to interpret the theme Black & White in the medium of photography for our 2nd Opus Big Picture photo event. 172 exciting entries poured in between July 1 and August 31 and our judges had their work cut out for them! The submissions, ranging from thought-provoking to downright magical, made the judges’ task of selecting just three images a challenging one. ...Read more

The results are in, and the judges’ top pic(k)s are…

The Art Market @ Emily Carr

Enter to Win an original piece by Vancouver-based artist Ian Penn!

Ian Penn is a doctor and artist. A dedicated student of classical and contemporary art alike, his work is an ongoing exploration of medium and form, and a reflection of the people, places and stories he has encountered. He graduated from Emily Carr with a BFA in 2010.


Ian is one of 20 alumni participating in ...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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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