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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2015

2015 New Spring Plein-Air Blossom Sessions

The 2015 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s (VCBF) Plein-Air Session will be an exceptional celebration of beauty in the city, with participants painting outdoors, searching for the colours and majestic images of the cherry trees in bloom this spring.

The Plein-Air Session is an opportunity to open our eyes, and with our full senses discover the richness of the world always present. It is a time to break away from seclusion and be inspirited by the beauty that surrounds us....Read more

Opus Daily Practice Challenge

Just Practice

It’s time to make time for making! Scheduling in even 5 minutes a day of creative time can have outstanding results. This month, we challenge you to challenge yourself to … Just Practice!

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Last Minute Gift Ideas!

Whether you're shopping for the seasoned artist or a new creative enthusiast, we're here to help!

Find great gifts for painters, sketchers, sculptors and more, and ease your last minute shopping with fun and inspiring ideas for all the creative people in your life....Read more

Share your Gift

Join artists Pierre Coupey, Sarah Clement, and Enda Bardell as they reminisce about their first memories of art, and explore what exactly drew them to working with the mediums they love.

Pierre Coupey

"Paint itself is something I'm in love with – the way of making shape and form with a loaded brush. Without that, I think life would be quite deprived."

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Opus Donations Drive 2014: Share Your Gift!

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Happy Holidays!

What better time to contribute to the arts community than in this, the season of giving. Now in its 15th year, the Opus Donations Drive raises funds for local organizations, matching your cash donations with Opus gift cards of equal value, to assist each group’s programs. Let’s continue to share our gift with the community. See which charity your local Opus store is donating to this year!

By All Means Create with ...

Kathy van Gogh

What's in a name? A lot when yours is shared with a famous relation. Our By All Means Create with… series draws to a close with decorative artist Kathy van Gogh.

Kathy knows the voice of her inner critic well - bearing the name van Gogh deterred her from creating for almost forty years of her life. As a means to paint while not being regarded as a “painter”, she chose to enter the creative world through the decorative arts. In the process, she has found ways to use the critic's voice to make the pieces she loves a success....Read more

Fertile Images + Design

"Use whatever tools are available. We combine film photography with digital photography, painting and design - these all help us make our images." - Zak Sarwari

Zak Sarwari and Lysa Bromaroff have joined together in life, art, and business through their love of photography to form Fertile Images + Design....Read more

Opus Big Picture 2014 – Black & White Edition Gallery

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

The Opus Big Picture 2014: Black & White Edition

This summer, we invited you to interpret the theme Black & White in the medium of photography for our 2nd Opus Big Picture photo event. 172 exciting entries poured in between July 1 and August 31 and our judges had their work cut out for them! The submissions, ranging from thought-provoking to downright magical, made the judges’ task of selecting just three images a challenging one. ...Read more

The results are in, and the judges’ top pic(k)s are…

The Art Market @ Emily Carr

Enter to Win an original piece by Vancouver-based artist Ian Penn!

Ian Penn is a doctor and artist. A dedicated student of classical and contemporary art alike, his work is an ongoing exploration of medium and form, and a reflection of the people, places and stories he has encountered. He graduated from Emily Carr with a BFA in 2010.


Ian is one of 20 alumni participating in ...Read more