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Using Your Portrait Online

Has someone once approached you who knows you and is very happy to see you and you recognize their face but you can’t remember their name? Or have you been in a conversation wherein you want to reference someone but their name escapes although you can easily recall their face? This aspect of our behavior has some interesting business implications.

We humans are programmed to remember the human face more readily than symbols; this ability is embedded deeply in our DNA so it is not surprising to learn about the results of some marketing research conducted by Medallia, a media research firm....Read more

Opus Donations Drive 2013: Share the Gift of Creativity!

At Opus, we believe in contributing to the arts community and there’s no better time to do so than in this season of giving! Now in its 14th 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 when you next visit your local Opus store....Read more

The Ultimate Gift

With the holidays right around the corner, you may have already been asked, "What would you like for a gift?". What if there were no limits? What would your ultimate gift be?

We asked this question of our staff members. They could choose something as small as a pen, to something bigger like an easel, or even a variety of items that, when used together, would create their idea of the ultimate gift. As you can imagine, their choices were as varied as the artists who selected them.

For inspiration to treat yourself or someone special on your gift list, watch the The Ultimate Gift above and read the full list below to find out what Opus staff chose and why.

So... what's your Ultimate Gift?...Read more

The Opus Big Picture 2013 Gallery

The Opus Big Picture

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

The Opus Big Picture 2013: Red, Yellow, & Blue

Luscious bright colours and thought-provoking imagery were plentiful amongst the entries to the First Annual Opus Big Picture Event. Participants joined in from all across the country, offering stunning digital photographs depicting our theme of “Red, Yellow, Blue”....Read more

Finishing with a Frame

When you think of finishing a piece of artwork, what comes to mind? For many artists, framing is the final step; the last touch of polish before it is presented to the world. They use framing as a way to present themselves in a more professional manner and to increase the value of their artwork. We visited the studio of North Vancouver artists Dene Croft and Kiff Holland for their insights on the importance and value of framing their artwork, and how they go about it....Read more

Custom Framing: The Opus Way

Having recently moved in to a new home, Crissy had been looking to personalize the space with artwork. A visit to a local thrift shop netted her two original works on paper that worked well together – a large pen and ink illustration and a smaller oil pastel sketch, both rendered in black media and featuring heritage buildings. However, in addition to being outdated in style, the frames that housed each image were causing damage to the artwork....Read more

4 Reasons to Go to The Eastside Culture Crawl

The Crawl is coming, and there are so many reasons to go!

1. Support your fellow visual art creators. There are many ways to support The Crawl and its participating artists.
a. Go to buy your holiday presents. The Crawl is a primary source of career revenue for many creators. Plus, your attendance registers as a positive vote for self-directed marketing initiatives by artists.
b. Send an email about The Crawl to your friends who value hand-made originality. Nothing beats a testimonial by someone known as motivational advertising.
c. Take your friends. Getting a group together to go to The Crawl is a novel way to spend time with friends....Read more

Art Battle

Art Battle is a live competitive painting event held in almost every major city across Canada. Each event sees 12 artists competing against one other in hopes of winning the grand prize of the evening and the chance to compete in the National Championship. The artists have 20 minutes to paint whatever inspires them in the medium of acrylic and as they work, patrons move around the easels to watch their process....Read more

Creative Community

Visual art festivals are integral to a happy, functioning, and vibrant community. As some may already know, it is not an easy task to organize and produce an annual event. Many elements and contributions outside of the visual arts world are needed to make the event a reality. The final result is truly where the signs of a supportive community show....Read more

Block Printing Basics

We invited printmaker Sharilyn Kuehnel and 24hrs Vancouver DIY columnist Julia Dilworth to Opus Downtown Vancouver to demonstrate the basics of block printing. Watch as Sharilyn teaches Julia how to transfer an image onto Safety-Kut Block, carve an image using the Speedball Lino Cutter and Bench Hook, and print on both Strathmore Creative Cards and ...Read more