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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

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

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

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

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2014

We send a big THANK YOU to the 739 artists of all ages who challenged themselves to capture the beauty of nature, urban life, and their imaginations in our 3rd Annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge, held at our six Opus locations across BC on Saturday, May 10th, 2014....Read more

Field Studies: Painting En Plein Air

Gaye Adams (SFCA, PSC, MPAC) is an oil painter who loves painting out on location en plein air. Her field studies are important to her because they become accurate colour references for future paintings, as well as being amazing practice for painting quickly in unpredictable situations.

She uses the experience of the day to further evolve herself as an artist and believes the best way to grow as a painter is to paint outdoors. Getting out of the studio and into a beautiful location doesn’t hurt either.

Watch our latest video, Field Studies: Painting En Plein Air and join Gaye as she takes you out on location, sharing her approach to preparing for painting in the great outdoors!...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

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

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