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On the Journey: Art of Hope and Recovery

On the Journey: Art of Hope and Recovery

As a volunteer at the BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) Victoria branch, I found others in recovery from a mental illness, and their family members, who are artists and poets but who have difficulty exhibiting their work or feel awkward reading their poetry in a public sphere. I was impressed by the high standards of their creative and expressive work. During a meeting with the Peer group, many expressed interest in being part of this project and offering their services....Read more

You sure showed us!

DareArts and Opus Art & Design Media

We spread the word and you delivered beyond anything we could have ever imagined. It is your wonderful support which allows these art organizations to keep on making art. Thank you for your generosity as each dollar donated was matched by Opus.

In total we raised over $35,950.00

We would like to share with you a little about what each organization has done with the money raised over the holidays at each of the Opus locations: ...Read more

NEW - Digital Printing on Canvas at Opus

We are very excited to announce our new digital printing on canvas service, available now at Opus Art & Design Media in Downtown Vancouver.

Printing on canvas offers some exciting new ways to make art, from simple projects to printing your art on a large scale canvas. You can even work back into the piece with paints and mediums for further effects. Print photos, digitally created artwork, graphics, scans of your work and more. And because we use pigmented inks instead of dye-based inks, your work will enjoy the benefits of increased archival durability. This is a key point for any artist choosing to reproduce their works of art on canvas....Read more

Opus Olympic Update - Vancouver 2010

At Opus, we want to make sure that your shopping experience is the best that it can be.

With the approach of the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver we would like to take this opportunity to inform you about some of the changes that we anticipate putting in place during the Olympic month of February 2010, as it relates to our Granville Island store specifically....Read more


Skire by James W. Felter

MOMENTUM, an exhibition of works by donor artists of the Coast Art Trust Society, will take place during the 2010 Olympic Games in the vicinity of the Athletes’ Village in Vancouver. The title of the exhibition reflects the ongoing eclectic creativity of established artists over a span of 3 to 5 decades. This is a rare opportunity to see a comprehensive overview of art created on the West Coast of British Columbia. The exhibition takes place from February 2nd to 27th at the Leighdon Studio Gallery at 190 West 3rd Avenue in Vancouver, BC. There is an opening reception at the gallery on February 7th from 2pm-6pm....Read more

Wearable Art Awards

Picture of a wearable art dress

The Port Moody Arts Centre presents their annual Wearable Art Awards event which encourages local, Canadian and international artists of all mediums to submit evocative, imaginative and thought provoking creations for the human body....Read more


CONNECT: our community, our art, our show

Coast Mental Health presents CONNECT: our community, our art, our show, from February 5th until March 20th at The Gathering Place Community Centre at 609 Helmcken Street. CONNECT is an art show featuring artists who use social services and live, work or consider the Downtown South of Vancouver home. In addition to the juried art show, the public is invited to participate in workshops including: working with textures, poetry reading, collage, photography and drawing.

A catalogue has been produced presenting the artists and a piece of their work, which can be purchased for $20 by emailing artshow@coastmentalhealth.com ...Read more

Petition in Support of the Arts

We are asking all art lovers to help join with the arts community in protest of the funding cuts to the arts in British Columbia. This is your chance to make your voices heard.

How can you help?

Sign or circulate the petition, details below. Please note that all Opus stores have copies of the petition available to sign.

The Petition in Support of the Arts will be presented to the Legislature Feb 10 or 11. The petition is a comprehensive 3 year vision for arts funding in BC. This is the last few weeks to have our say before the budget is presented. Over 2800 signatures have been collected as of Jan. 20th. A huge thanks to all the individuals and groups involved....Read more

Staff Pick Watercolour Workshop

Art Escapes is an exciting series of watercolor workshops taking place at the Granville Island Hotel in Vancouver, BC. An island retreat in the heart of the city, Granville Island brings together the best of Vancouver, an eclectic mix of art, culture and the outdoors.

Capture the excitement of Granville Island and learn something new with internationally renowned artist Nicholas Simmons. Nicholas' workshop will be held from April 22nd to 24th. This workshop is intended to advanced and intermediate painters. The cost is $450 plus GST.

Hurry as this workshop is filling up fast!

For further information and to register, visit www.artescapesvancouver.com

UNYA Aries Program

Wolf Print Design by UNYA Aries Program

Students at UNYA’s Aries Program took part in printmaking workshops offered this month through a generous donation of supplies from Opus Framing & Art Supplies. Twelve First Nations youth (13-15 years old) at the alternate school in East Vancouver were very excited to have a rare opportunity to explore printmaking. Youth were captivated by the process, relishing the challenge to understand the concept of relief work, to envision and execute a design, and to realize the patience and determination that would see it through. A lot of goodwill was generated by the inking process – there was an air of jubilation when youth realized the tangible reward for their efforts. Designs ranged from a simple Christmas greeting to traditional Northwest Coast and Cree designs....Read more