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Opus Donations Drive 2015

Share Your Gift this Holiday Season!

Giving back to the arts community is important to all of us at Opus. Now in its 16th year, the Opus Donations Drive raises much needed funds for local organizations, matching your cash donations with Opus gift cards of equal value, to assist each group’s programs.

We would love for you to continue your generous support this year by making a donation on your next visit your local Opus store. Let’s continue to share our gift with the community!

Visit your local store and support their charity by donating this year!...Read more

Science & Art Unite! Daniel Smith Watercolors

Get a behind–the–scenes look at the raw materials used to produce some of your favourite watercolours!

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Ross den Otter: Photographer / Mixed Media Artist

Photographer, mixed media artist, and teacher Ross den Otter began experimenting with fine art materials on his photographs after being inspired by a local artist in the Eastside Culture Crawl. After years of being immersed in the arts, he used this experience to explore and develop a multitude of processes for taking his photographs beyond the JPEG....Read more

Creative Community: Making Cards


After being inspired by a Visiting Artist Demonstration at Opus, Marney-Rose thought about creating books. Cards seemed a less intimidating way to start, and she recently began creating cards for family and friends on special occasions. "The card pictured was for Valentine’s Day. As a watercolourist, it was a natural medium to use to create the card," said Marney-Rose.

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Tips for Studio Safety

Whether you work in your own studio, a shared space, or at home, it is important to take precautions against materials that may be harmful to you or the environment if not handled with care. Here are a few tips and practices you can implement to set a high standard of safety in your workspace.

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Just Add Colour - #OpusColour

Colouring has become a wonderful creative outlet for millions, as adults the world over are discovering how it can improve your focus, allow for moments of relaxation and connection, and that it’s a perfect way to experiment with a host of materials.

Give it a try for yourself - both with free colouring pages and a chance to win an amazing colouring prize pack.

1. Download a Free Colouring Page!

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Blythe Scott: Mixed Media Artist

Victoria mixed media artist, Blythe Scott's, artwork depicts the wonder, beauty, and emotional essence of the places she has been. Originally from Scotland, Blythe is drawn to the textures of the urban landscape, frequently scaling rocky hills and parking garages to get a birds eye view of the landscapes she wishes to portray....Read more

Just Add Colour - Article

Colouring books have grown up! A relaxing, therapeutic, and remarkably fun activity, colouring books have made a comeback with adults worldwide....Read more

Just Add Colour

Colouring books have grown up!

A relaxing, therapeutic, and remarkably fun activity, colouring books have made a comeback with adults worldwide. We visited Vancouver artist Sandeep Johal in her home studio to talk about this creative craze and how it is influencing artists and newcomers alike....Read more

Into to the Studio with Brandy Masch

Are you ready to take the leap into making art full-time? Brandy Masch has recently done just that, stepping away from her day job at Opus Kelowna to dedicate her days to her art career. She shared her path with us, outlining the steps she has taken to get to this exciting milestone. Read on to gather ideas and inspiration for your own journey!...Read more