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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2015

2015 New Spring Plein-Air Blossom Sessions

The 2015 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s (VCBF) Plein-Air Session will be an exceptional celebration of beauty in the city, with participants painting outdoors, searching for the colours and majestic images of the cherry trees in bloom this spring.

The Plein-Air Session is an opportunity to open our eyes, and with our full senses discover the richness of the world always present. It is a time to break away from seclusion and be inspirited by the beauty that surrounds us....Read more

Share your Gift

Join artists Pierre Coupey, Sarah Clement, and Enda Bardell as they reminisce about their first memories of art, and explore what exactly drew them to working with the mediums they love.

Pierre Coupey

"Paint itself is something I'm in love with – the way of making shape and form with a loaded brush. Without that, I think life would be quite deprived."

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By All Means Create with ...

Kathy van Gogh

What's in a name? A lot when yours is shared with a famous relation. Our By All Means Create with… series draws to a close with decorative artist Kathy van Gogh.

Kathy knows the voice of her inner critic well - bearing the name van Gogh deterred her from creating for almost forty years of her life. As a means to paint while not being regarded as a “painter”, she chose to enter the creative world through the decorative arts. In the process, she has found ways to use the critic's voice to make the pieces she loves a success....Read more

Fertile Images + Design

"Use whatever tools are available. We combine film photography with digital photography, painting and design - these all help us make our images." - Zak Sarwari

Zak Sarwari and Lysa Bromaroff have joined together in life, art, and business through their love of photography to form Fertile Images + Design....Read more

Art Battle: Yared Nigussu - Artist & Champion

I think I was born to be a painter. I don't know if I chose it but maybe art chose me. It is above me, beyond what I am. It's like eating, drinking –  so I need to paint.

From crowded arenas to the solace of his studio, artist and 2-time National Art Battle Champion, Yared Nigussu connects with the world around him through his highly expressive paintings. He engages viewers with his upbeat energy, genuine personality, and fast–paced painting style, which has elevated this rising star throughout the Canadian visual art community....Read more

Experience the Best of BC

Since its inception in 2002, the BC Cultural Crawl has kicked off each August in tandem with BC Day celebrations happening across the province. With over 70 communities participating, cultural enthusiasts and travelers alike anticipate the unique and authentic experiences in communities across BC during the BC Cultural Crawl, creating a bustling cultural scene province wide....Read more

Resources for the Outdoor Artist

For the last six years, we have invited artists to join us in a province-wide movement to create in our great outdoors. Rain or shine, the Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge has been a great success and a tremendous amount of fun.

Click here for a recap of the 6th annual #OPUSOPC, May 7, 2017!

The event day is done, but the Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge is not over. We hope you continue to challenge yourself for the rest of this spring and summer… and beyond! Take your creativity out into your community and keep the creative adventure going. To keep the ideas and inspiration percolating, check out these great resources for creating outdoors: ...Read more

Day Job: 20 Years of Artists from Opus Kelowna

Day Job Exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery

2014 marks two milestones for Opus Art Supplies. In 1974, owner David van Berckel created a framing business that became the Opus we know today. And in 1994, he expanded that business to the Okanagan with Opus Kelowna....Read more

From Opus, With Love

Complete the perfect Valentine's Day gift with an Opus Gift Card. They are available in any denomination – and unlimited creativity comes at no extra charge! To purchase a gift card, please telephone our mail order department toll-free at 1-800-663-6953 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm PST) or visit us at your local Opus.

And really wow them by tucking the gift card into a greeting card personalized by you for that added touch! Start with Strathmore Greeting Cards, the perfect blank canvas for your Valentine's greetings. Then bring out the paints, pencils, and papers to create a one-of-a-kind presentation. Here are some ideas....Read more

Brushes Beneath the Blossoms

Plein air painting, or painting “in the open air”, has a long and storied tradition in the world of art. It brought us Monet’s water lilies and Renoir’s sunny parks. The beauty of nature has inspired countless artists. And every spring, right here in Vancouver, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival offers you the opportunity to experience painting en plein air. Come join us under the cherry blossoms for a variety of classes, each taught by a local artist....Read more