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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

Resources for the Outdoor Artist

For the last three 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.

At this year’s Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge (#OPC2014), we hope to see even more artists take their passion for creating outside. Join your fellow artists, have fun, and submit your creation for a chance to win.

Read more about the Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2014 and let's get this whole province painting!...Read more

Space To Create

Welcome to Space To Create, a fun new way to help you keep your resolution to make ‘making’ a priority this year.

Doodle or draw, paint or paste! We are excited to provide creative exercises offering you a small space for creative play....Read more

Custom Creativity

Find freedom in print! Alter your images to create expressive prints and unique displays with ease through digital editing and printing.

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Packing for Plein Air Success

Acrylics or oils, watercolours or drawing materials - no matter what media you choose, we've assembled a few checklists of the essentials required for a fun day with the great outdoors as your studio!...Read more

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2014

The goal for the 2014 Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge (#OPC2014) is 1000 participants with the decree, “Let’s get this whole province painting!”

Now in its 3rd year (click to see highlights from 2012 & 2013), this event provides a unique opportunity for the visual art communities of BC to come together to make art outdoors.

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The Ceremony of Parting

"And how do people perform that ceremony of parting, Jane?", Mr. Rochester asks Jayne in Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre. Saying a permanent goodbye, like other major life changes, is a dynamic renewal to some and anathema to others.

Creative people are good at adapting to change and optimists are good with transitions. So, as a creative optimist, I am embracing the change that this last column in the Opus Visual Arts Newsletter brings....Read more

Opus Copenhagen Mouldings

Inspired by Scandinavian design, the latest addition to frame mouldings at Opus – the Copenhagen – combines natural materials with sleek, modern lines.

Balancing beauty and function, the Copenhagen embraces the Scandinavian design principles of minimalism and utilizing natural materials. Crafted in Europe, this moulding is finished with real oak, maple, and teak veneers, giving the look of hardwood, without the added expense....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