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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 However, in addition to being outdated in style, the frames that housed each image were causing damage to the artwork....Read more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

Introduction to Watercolour

From her creative studio space in Vancouver, Leslie Redhead shares how to create a beautiful card with watercolours. As a member of the FCA (Federation of Canadian Artists) and the CSPWC (Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour), she has extensive experience as both an established artist and teacher. Leslie is known for splashing, pouring, and dripping her watercolours on as much as she will brush them. ...Read more

Yuichi Takasaka: Facemounted Digital Prints

What do you get when you mix a passion for the Northern Lights with a new digital printing process? The answer can be found this month at Vancouver’s Art Beatus gallery in the photography of Yuichi Takasaka and his Fires In the North exhibition, featuring 20 large-scale, facemounted prints of the Aurora Borealis.

We spoke with Yuichi on the opening day of Fires In the North about his stunning, ethereal photography of the night sky, and how his art has changed with the introduction of digital cameras, digital printing techniques, and new display options such as facemounting....Read more

Getting it Right; Getting Rights

Publicity 1

Recently, I was asked to consult with a local visual artist who presented similarly to many other artists with whom I consult: They feign an interest in improving their business practices but reject all advice. What this person really wanted from me was approval of his existing practices. His problem: he was not selling enough art even though he was getting a lot of publicity.

This young man enjoyed seeking and getting publicity and he was really good at it. But my sense was that he does not like selling. He wants gallery representation but does little to secure it. He is always seeking publicity believing it will lead to sales but when I spoke with him, he had no show or sale plans in place....Read more

Introduction to Figure Drawing

Vancouver based artist, Mandy Boursicot’s skills with a graphite pencil have elevated the hyper-realism of her artwork, and set her career on a steady course forward. She’s invested years in the pursuit of academic art, and is now back from her 4 year tenure as both a student and teacher in Florence, Italy. Mandy is ready to continue the time-honored tradition of both practicing her art, and teaching others the skills she has learned from the great Masters....Read more

Context

A long time ago, while I was working at a local theatre company, the artistic director told us he had finally cast a role that was difficult to fill. He had found a singer who was performing in a bar downtown, and that night I went to hear her sing. Seeing Sybil sing in that bar that night was heartbreaking.

Sybil is an extraordinarily gifted singer and that night I watched her without blinking. She was arrestingly charismatic and she had a rich, dramatic voice with an amazing range. I knew that with us, in our show, she was going to bring the house down every night for thousands of people who would be paying hefty admission prices, but that night no one was watching her and no one was listening. She was background music for people who wanted to drink, laugh, and socialize....Read more