Sharing some artistic cheer this season

December 1, 2009

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

This year Granville Island is supporting School Programs at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
The Gallery’s School Programs provide 20,000 children each year with access to world-renowned exhibitions, arts education, and arts practitioners.
In partnership with Opus Framing & Art Supplies, the Vancouver Art Gallery will ensure children from less advantaged areas can continue to have meaningful arts experiences.
The program’s curriculum is shaped in the belief that art fosters self-esteem, dignity, community and civic engagement. School Programs provide a positive, supportive and educational environment to less advantaged children within this community.
The specific objectives of School Programs are to engage students in critical thinking skills and foster an appreciation for works of art, by attending tours and participating in hands-on workshops equipped with high-quality art supplies.
For further information regarding this program, and current exhibitions, please visit


The Art Studios, Vancouver Coastal Health

Mail Order is supporting the Art Studios, a program that operates through Vancouver Coastal Health, located in Vancouver, BC.
The Art Studios provide a safe, respectful and accepting community where people with mental health diagnosis of all ages and history, with or without knowledge of art, can grow through participation in art. By encouraging artists to participate in their leisure pursuits and creative endeavours,
Art Studios helps develop leadership and decision-making in various capabilities.
On premises, they have one pottery studio, one painting and printmaking studio, a library (The Rembrandt Room, which doubles as an art studio) and space for their superb rehabilitation staff. Art classes, workshops and studio time happen throughout the week.
Their collaborative program created by members and staff produces outstanding artwork while providing invaluable opportunities for rehabilitation.
Members can create, volunteer, mentor or teach at The Art Studios. Participation can be short-term or long-term.
For further information regarding the Art Studios, please visit their website at:


Community Arts Council
of Greater Victoria

Victoria is supporting the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria (CACGV). Their Arts in Education programming with the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria puts a high priority on expanding youth education in the arts. They create opportunities and strive to reach out to those without resources to culturally diverse children, to those at risk, those with disabilities, and they are always inclusive of gender, religion, income and sexual orientation.
Their second, though just as important, priority is to always bring student and youth art into the public domain with exhibitions at the CACGV Gallery as well as other venues when possible. Youth are able to experience the joys of a complete exhibition including: Opening Nights open to the public, entertainment such as music, readings, and Guest Artists.
The Curatorial Program ensures diverse and quality programming of local community-based art at the CACGV Arts Centre Gallery. 40 art exhibitions and opening events are organized and facilitated throughout the year. This program requires the talents and skills of the Curator, Arts Administrator, and Communications Network Administrator, plus up to 300 volunteers for events throughout the year.
Satellite Galleries project puts art, literature and media arts into five distinct Victoria locations. The Artists Corner at the Greater Victoria Central Public Library, the Victoria International Airport, the Gallery at the MacPherson Theatre, the Bay Centre and Phantom Galleries (ie. empty downtown storefronts). This project gives more visibility, support and recognition to amateur and established artists and art groups.
For further information about the CACGV, visit their website at


BridgeArt, Langley Association for Community Living

BridgeArt is a group of artists who are supported by
The Langley Association for Community Living (LACL). BridgeArt began in 1998 as a small group of individuals who had the desire to develop their artistic skills and to express themselves creatively.
Artist’s works of art include a variety of subject matters and styles, including: realism, abstract, impressionism and naïve art. The majority of the paintings are done with acrylic paint on canvas. However, each artist is also experimenting with different mediums that include: collage, 3D sculptural forms, painting on glass, and creating one of a kind cards and functional art.
BridgeArt artists show their works at local art exhibitions through participation in community events and projects. Several artists will accept commissions. All proceeds from the sales of their artwork go directly to the artists.
For further information about this program, please visit



DAREarts stands for Discipline, Action, and Responsibility in Education, and was founded in Canada by a teacher, Marilyn Field, to help Canadian children find positive alternatives to negative influences in their communities.
As juvenile social programs are decreasing, and school budget cuts have resulted in decreased arts education. DAREarts Foundation is helping to fill this gap. Through a five-year arts education program that complements Canadian elementary schools by exposing “at risk” students, ages 9-14, to the arts.
Marilyn Field discovered that any student’s character could be developed through the application of the arts in a daily life.
DAREarts strives to empower all children to achieve their potential by using the arts to motivate a lifelong pursuit of excellence. By building self-esteem and leadership abilities, the arts can help children make wise choices in friends and lifestyle.


Painting Classes, Kelowna Society for Community Living

On Monday mornings, KDSCL’s Art Therapy painting class has the opportunity to use Opus’ facilities in their new workshop space. The purpose of having their painting class at Opus is part of the Kelowna & District Society for Community Living’s mission statement that people with disabilities are able to reach their individual goals and to participate and contribute as equal members of the community. A great teacher, such as KDSCL’s painting instructor, Marg, teaches the recipients basic ideas and different styles of painting such as abstract, impressionism, and postimpressionism. The students tend to focus on landscape scenery photographs and do their best to paint what they see, modifying only a little.
By the final class, this fantastic group has learned the basics from painting backgrounds, middle grounds and foregrounds to name a few techniques. Not only are they aware and respectful of the learning environment, but they’re also learning to respect their tools such as proper storage and handling of brushes. What is most important with this painting group is that they are learning how to take their time, learn some new skills and to have fun and experiment. To learn more about Kelowna & District Society for Community Living, please visit their website at


Artists for Kids Trust

The Artists for Kids Trust was established in 1989 through a generous partnership among some of Canada’s finest artists and the North Vancouver School District.
Their mission, through the sale of original prints created by its artist patrons, is to build an art education legacy for the children of BC. There is a gallery, which houses an amazing collection of work created by its patrons. To view the artworks for sale, please visit
Artists for Kids provides a variety of art enrichment program opportunities for thousands of students of all ages each year.
The primary objectives of this program is to provide a variety of Fine Arts enrichment opportunities for learners in North Vancouver schools and the community at large, and to provide scholarships to graduating students from North Van schools.
The After School Art Program offers a wide array of art courses for young artists ages 5-18 throughout the school year. All courses are taught by art teachers, and provide learners with an opportunity to further develop their individual abilities and skills and designed to foster positive attitudes to the visual arts.
The Summer Camps provide young artists with the opportunity to develop their abilities immersed in a rich learning environment. The week-long elementary and secondary aged camps take place in Brackendale, BC.
For further information we encourage you to visit their website at