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FCA in the Okanagan

"I'll give a first prize of $2,008 for such a show" – and with these words, a barely-known acquaintance became the anonymous patron of Art Visions 2008. That was 2 years ago; now the Annual National Art Visions Exhibition and Sale is a reality.

The mission of the Art Visions 2009 exhibition is to recognize and promote the excellent art being created in Canada today. From the beginning the idea has been to offer significant awards to attract quality images for exhibition, and to reward excellence. Submissions have been sought from members of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), an organization with approximately 2,500 members across Canada....Read more

Tips on Keeping a Sketchbook

Here are some ideas Ken O'Connell uses with his students to help newcomers and veterans in creating a sketchbook:...Read more

  • Feel guilty if you haven't made a mark in your book in seven days. We spend a lot of time trying to avoid guilt in our lives, he says, but guilt can also be a healthy motivator. Use it.
  • Divide the page into two or three parts, so you don't feel obligated to fill the page or complete something. The worst stumbling block people have is fear of failure. The sketchbook will be full of fragments. Accept that.

Britannia Legacy Mural Project

The Britannia Gym "C" Legacy mural is being designed and painted by students of the school and volunteers from the community. The resulting work, completed and installed in the spring of 2009, will add a colourful and dynamic facet to this diverse community. Installed on the west wall of Gym "C", it will become an important visual element in the corridor leading to the Britannia Ice Rink. Britannia Ice Rink will be a highly active site for the upcoming Olympic games and will be seen by many in the coming years....Read more

The Grand Prix d'Art in Qualicum Beach

Let's get artists out of their studios and onto the streets. The Old School House Arts Centre (TOSH) at 122 Fern Road West in Qualicum Beach does just that once a year (Saturday, July 25, 2009) to the great enjoyment of artists as well as the general public. Our event is fourteen years old this year. Each year it attracts about fifty Plein Air Painter participants from Vancouver Island and BC's Lower Mainland and hundreds of spectators....Read more

Support Needed for BC Artist!

Vancouver based artist Jin-me Yoon has been nominated for the Art Gallery of Ontario's Grange Prize. Each year, The Grange Prize recognizes the work of Canadian and international contemporary photographers, awarding $50,000 CDN to a winner chosen through an online public vote from among two Canadian and two international artists.

We encourage you to show some BC pride by supporting this renowned artist and professor of visual arts at Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts. Please show your support by taking a few minutes to vote for her at: www.thegrangeprize.com/Vote

You will need to verify your vote so look for a reply email from the Grange Prize that asks you to click on a link to verify your vote. Anyone can vote anywhere in the world....Read more

Learning through Art

School District 23 is pursuing a partnership with Learning Through the Arts (LTTA) in the hope of training and employing local artists to provide LTTA curriculum to as many schools as possible throughout the central Okanagan.

Lori Sherritt-Fleming, BC Regional Manager for Learning Through the Arts, speaks to the power of arts in education. "I have had the privilege of being actively involved in the transformative educational magic that LTTA brings to school communities across Canada and the world."...Read more

Supporting Inner-city Arts

On Saturday, March 28th Opus hosted our 3rd Annual Staff Bake Sale, which was held in conjunction with our annual warehouse Garage Sale. All proceeds collected from the sale of goodies were donated to the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre's after school art programs which offer sessions such as Art Attack and Cartooning.

There was a wide variety of delectable treats ranging from cookies and bars, to loaves and cupcakes, all baked with love by Opus staff members. In total, we raised $308 – and Opus has matched that amount with a gift card for art supplies.

Thank you to everyone who indulged in our delicious baked goods and donated to this great project. Your support is greatly appreciated. Congratulations to everyone involved!...Read more

Experience Vancouver Film School this summer

Coming in July, Vancouver Film School presents exclusive programs for aspiring animators, filmmakers, designers, makeup artists, game developers, talent managers, sound designers, actors, and writers who are thinking about joining VFS and learning more about the entertainment arts industry.

For five days, students will be able to try VFS while living and breathing the curriculum in its world-renowned programs, no matter what part of the entertainment arts they're passionate about. They'll learn from top VFS instructors and come away with hands-on experience and something to add to – or form the very beginnings of – their creative portfolio or reel....Read more

Camp Goodtimes

The Canadian Cancer Society's Camp Goodtimes was established in 1985. Since then it has continued to grow in its mission to serve children with a history of cancer, as well as their families. Located on beautiful Loon Lake in Maple Ridge, programs operate in July and August every year. Loon Lake offers an incredible natural setting within the University of British Columbia's Research Forest....Read more

Celebrating our 1st Anniversary!

April 2008 was an exciting time for us as the doors of Opus Art & Design Media were preparing to open for the first time. Increasing requests for different kinds of supplies motivated the birth of our newest store...Read more