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The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival presents Plein-Air Blossom Painting

Alfonso Tejada, Plein Air Master, at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Those who have experienced springtime in Vancouver are familiar with one of the city’s most distinctive, yet fleeting, delights: over 40,000 blossoming cherry trees, displaying every shade of pink to nearly-white.

For those who find themselves in awe of the cherry blossom’s ephemeral beauty, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s Plein-Air classes are the perfect opportunity to capture your inspiration. Classes are held each Saturday in April from 11am-2pm at VanDusen Botanical Garden, which has several spectacular cherry tree locations....Read more

Animated Imagination with Jeff Chiba Stearns

Jeff Chiba Stearns is a Vancouver based, multi award-winning animation and documentary filmmaker. His love of pen, paper, and story is the driving force behind his creative pursuits as he continually strives to inspire others to create. Known for his award-winning animated short Yellow Sticky Notes, Jeff pushed his creative boundaries as an animator when he took upon the task of animating the whole film on Post-It notes. ...Read more

Donations Drive 2012

The holiday season is upon us! As we have been doing for the past 12 years, we are again happy to be raising funds for local community groups. Each Opus location is conducting a fund raising drive for a local organization. Opus will match all donations in gift cards of equal value to the funds raised to assist each group’s programs. We would love for you to continue your generous support this year by making a donation to our 13th Annual Christmas Donation Drive the next time you visit us....Read more

Dream Studio with Alan Wylie

Alan Wylie (CSPWC, AWS DF, SFCA, NWWS, CIPA, CWA, LWS) has had a long journey in his painting career to obtain the status and studio he has now. From painting in an old chicken coup, to a garage in the middle of winter with socks on his hands, to working in dark basements and kitchen tables; Alan has weathered it all in his quest to obtain a fulfilling career in painting.

After working in these challenging spaces, Alan was finally able to build his dream studio at his current home in historic Fort Langley. Watch Dream Studio for an exclusive look inside his work space as he shares his story and insights into his practice. ...Read more

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Sharing Studios

Vancouver illustrator Leah Schell and graphic designer husband Steve Monteith of Abundant Sink Creative not only share their lives together but their studio space as well. Watch Sharing Studios and see how they find inspiration within one another’s work, then read more about Leah’s illustration practice in the article The Wonderful World of Illustration below....Read more

How Do You Figure Out What to Sell?

When you are a super creative person, there is a whole lot of stuff you can make. If you are a painter, you can create an original piece worth thousands and still have your art featured on bookmarks and greeting cards that only cost a few dollars. Perhaps you are a ceramic artist commissioned to do custom work but also sell buttons at 2 for $10. Is it a good idea to have such a broad range of price points? Well, that all depends....Read more

Sketching Life with Jack Turpin

Throughout his career as a high school art teacher and into the present, the most significant impact on Jack Turpin’s painting is his dedication to artistic journaling. For Jack this is where ideas, words, and images come together; where connections are made and where life’s little details are revealed....Read more

Pixels to Paint

Vancouver artist Ellen Scobie creates incredibly detailed digital prints from her photographs.

Ellen’s background in stone lithography printmaking, where she layers textures and colours to beautiful effect, led her to begin working in a similar manner with her digital photographs. The resulting works can be comprised of over 75 layers, each with data pulled from her photos....Read more

Why We Create

Why do you choose to create?
How does the creative process affect you?
What makes a creative individual?

We posed these questions to artists visiting Opus recently. What they shared was a depth of passion for the creative process – personal responses that mirrored why so many of us choose to express ourselves through visual art.

Sometimes we all need that little reminder of why we do what we do, and hopefully this video will help to inspire and honour the creative individual in you!...Read more