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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

Opus Celebrates 40 Years: 1974-2014

Opus Art Supplies has been an integral part of the visual arts community in BC for the past 40 years. From humble roots as a wholesale framing company in Vancouver, Opus has grown to include 6 retail locations, a national mail order service, and an online store. As the times have changed, Opus as a business has followed suit.

We sat down with Opus owner David van Berckel as he walked us through not only the history of Opus, but through the physical store locations that helped start it all. The result was a nostalgic look back at the people who helped made Opus what it is today and look toward the future of this ever evolving creative resource....Read more

Opus Donations Drive 2013: Share the Gift of Creativity!

At Opus, we believe in contributing to the arts community and there’s no better time to do so than in this season of giving! Now in its 14th year, the Opus Donations Drive raises much needed funds for local organizations, matching your cash donations with Opus gift cards of equal value, to assist each group’s programs.

We would love for you to continue your generous support this year by making a donation when you next visit your local Opus store....Read more

The Opus Big Picture 2013 Gallery

The Opus Big Picture

Thank you to everyone who participated in our digital photography event:

The Opus Big Picture 2013: Red, Yellow, & Blue

Luscious bright colours and thought-provoking imagery were plentiful amongst the entries to the First Annual Opus Big Picture Event. Participants joined in from all across the country, offering stunning digital photographs depicting our theme of “Red, Yellow, Blue”....Read more

Art Battle

Art Battle is a live competitive painting event held in almost every major city across Canada. Each event sees 12 artists competing against one other in hopes of winning the grand prize of the evening and the chance to compete in the National Championship. The artists have 20 minutes to paint whatever inspires them in the medium of acrylic and as they work, patrons move around the easels to watch their process....Read more

Creative Community

Visual art festivals are integral to a happy, functioning, and vibrant community. As some may already know, it is not an easy task to organize and produce an annual event. Many elements and contributions outside of the visual arts world are needed to make the event a reality. The final result is truly where the signs of a supportive community show....Read more

Yuichi Takasaka: Facemounted Digital Prints

What do you get when you mix a passion for the Northern Lights with a new digital printing process? The answer can be found this month at Vancouver’s Art Beatus gallery in the photography of Yuichi Takasaka and his Fires In the North exhibition, featuring 20 large-scale, facemounted prints of the Aurora Borealis.

We spoke with Yuichi on the opening day of Fires In the North about his stunning, ethereal photography of the night sky, and how his art has changed with the introduction of digital cameras, digital printing techniques, and new display options such as facemounting....Read more

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2013

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2013

A huge THANK YOU to the 464 artists who braved rainy weather to participate in our 2nd Annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge, held at our six Opus locations across BC on Saturday, April 27, 2013. It was a wonderful day of creativity! Another huge THANK YOU to the 16 judges who had to make tough decisions to pick out the winners....Read more

Take it Outside

With summer right around the corner, it is tempting to leave your artwork and studio behind in search of relaxation and fun in the sun. Why not have both by taking your art along! Read on as outdoor artists share what makes working en plein air work for them.

How do you select your scene and location? Are there specific elements that draw you to it?

Maria Josenhans – Oils...Read more

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2013

Start your spring with a creative challenge!
Whether you’re a seasoned painting pro, a beginning artist, or a creative individual looking for a new challenge, join us at Opus for a fun day with your fellow artists.

Paint in your favourite medium – acrylic, oil, watercolour – or create a mixed media piece, drawing, or collage; you name it! Your only limits: working outdoors within the designated painting zone on the surface we provide you with. And, in true plein air style, the challenge will happen rain or shine. ...Read more