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A Night of Social Craft

Aaron Lowe Horizon, Museum of Vancouver, Art of Craft

There are a number of activities you likely save for those times when you’re alone, in the privacy of your own home, or with a group of close friends. Museum of Vancouver (MOV) plans to throw open the doors and invite those who are passionate or just plain curious to join us for a lively evening of social craft.

DIY @ MOV is a night dedicated to celebrating the creativity and community of the growing DIY (do-it-yourself) craft, art and design movement in Vancouver. Generously sponsored by OPUS, there’ll be materials, workshops and group activities in a range of art and craft media from paper and paint to yarn. Activities are geared so that everyone can participate – from the craft newbie to seasoned creators....Read more

Lucky Boxing Day Winners!

Big Sky Easel at Opus Framing & Art Supplies

Our Boxing Day Sale began at each of our locations on December 26th. The line-ups began and the merriness of tummies full of turkey were a-plenty.

We had an array of amazing Door Crasher Specials and best of all, we had a Big Sky Easel as a draw prize. The first 50 people through the door were entered into a draw to win.

We are happy to announce that the winner of the Big Sky Easel for the following Opus locations:

Opus Kelowna is Carol-Ann Hunter.

The Mail Order department is June Hunter.

Opus Victoria is Emily Ashford.

Opus North Vancouver is Mike Nichols.

Opus Art & Design Media is Liam MacLeod.

Opus Granville Island is Brendan Oke.

Congratulations to everyone!

Tireless Runner Fundraiser


Kwantlen Polytechnic University recently hosted its second annual Tireless Runner Fund-raising Dinner and Silent Auction on Friday, November 13th. The Tireless Runner endowment fund was established in 1994 to fund awards for Aboriginal students studying at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. At present, there are approximately 350 Aboriginal students enrolled in various programs....Read more

Vancouver Biennale: On now until 2011, so wander Vancouver!

For those who may not be familiar with the term, biennale is Italian for “every other year” and is commonly appropriated by English speakers to refer specifically to biannual international art events. For some, going to a biennale can be akin to pilgrimage: a long travel for the purpose of experiencing some sort of transformative enlightenment.

But good news! You don’t need to go to Venice or Florence to be exposed to and inspired by International Art. The Vancouver Biennale 2009-2011 is on right now....Read more

Sharing some artistic cheer this season

Kathryn Ricketts Workshop

This year we are continuing our tradition of giving back to our communities by working with our customers to raise money for local arts charities. Each of our sales areas, including all our stores and our mail order department, will be fundraising for a local community group chosen by our staff. We encourage you to take part by making a donation the next time you visit in-store or online &$8211; and Opus will match all funds contributed.
Together we raised over $26,000 last year. Please help us make this year even more successful and in turn provide much needed support to arts programs in need, many of whom are currently facing catastrophic funding cuts. Every contribution helps those in need!


School programs at the VAG

Unique art marketing

MyArtClub.com dvd

Opus has sold MyArtClub.Com artist website CDs for years. Over that time, MyArtClub.Com has built a large image database. Using this to artists' advantage was their objective.

Building from their October 2008 Canadian Fine Art Market Report, first reported in Opus' November 2008 newsletter, Cam Anderson and Peter Newell of MyArtClub.Com launched a trial marketing program this summer, a 14 week fine art raffle with the Coquitlam Farmers Market!

Art buyers, the report had found, are 80% female, and supporters of local art are the most likely to buy art regularly. BC farmers markets attract an 80% female population of buyers seeking quality locally produced goods. The fit seemed very good, and indeed the success of the program bore this out. ...Read more

The Gift of Time Gala for Canuck Place

The Gift of Time Gala

The Gift of Time Gala in support of Canuck Place Children's Hospice was a record breaking success. Held October 29th at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, this fundraiser featured many unique ways for the 600 guests to generously support the children and families of BC that are on the Canuck Place program.

Opus Framing & Art Supplies was integral to the success of one of the fundraising ideas. Artist Jolinda Linden provided guidance to the children at Canuck Place as they created 100 ceramic hearts using their precious hands. Once fired by Jolinda, the hearts were then glazed by the kids with her help, and that of brother-in-law Trevor. The finished hearts were mounted into shadow boxes which were generously donated by Opus! ...Read more


Langley Fine Arts School

How do you Remember and honour the sacrifices of war when you are too young to have ever experienced them... when even your parents have most likely only witnessed the hardships and horrors of battle on TV?

Through the power of art.

Students at Langley Fine Arts School have poured their hearts out in a deeply moving tribute to Canada's soldiers, and to everyone world-wide who has been afflicted by warfare. From brightly coloured paintings of poppies by Grade 1 and 2 students, to Grade 12 students' pen and pencil sketches of things they would stuff into a backpack during a sudden evacuation, the exhibition studies the many facets of warfare....Read more

Art News Alert: Urgent Arts Advocacy Appeal

Dear Friends & Colleagues

Your Alliance for Arts and Culture in Vancouver, BC is launching a Creativity Counts: Restore Arts Funding Now campaign as our contribution to the groundswell of arts community protest against the devastating cuts in provincial arts funding this past fall.

There are six simple requests:

1) Forward this message to everyone on all of your email lists -- professional and personal. The government needs to hear from everyone who cares -- working artists (professional and amateur), media people, audience members, arts board members, and their friends, colleagues and neighbours....Read more

Christmas is a' Comin' and the Cards are in the Mail

It’s a little known fact that Tim Cratchett actually said: “God help us every one!”

That’s because he couldn’t just go to the local supermarket or card store or other handy dandy location and buy Christmas cards. He had to make his own.

Today, lots of us still love to give or receive handmade cards. The earlier you start, the better chance you have of getting them done on time for the current year’s festival.

I know someone who made her own cards one year in collaboration with her long-time best friend. They spent so much time, so much money and turned out such elaborate, exotic cards, that the cards ended up being their gifts!

Here are some goodies from Opus to help you get yours done by hand, in style, on time and in budget....Read more

The Stand-bys