Opus brings photos to canvas

Posted by on December 11, 2009 at 10:24 pm.

OpusOn Thursday we landed a sponsorship deal with Opus Framing & Art Supplies (follow them on Twitter @OpusArtSupplies) that made us want to forfeit our titles and enter the contest ourselves: The four main winners will receive their winning photos blown up and printed on canvas! This is the kind of thing you normally only see in an art gallery and seriously, we are jealous.

I’ll let Nadine Nickull from Opus explain how this all came about:

Opus joins the 12×12 momentum

When 12×12 contacted Opus, we immediately got excited. What a great project. As art lovers and art makers, we appreciate any initiative that encourages art activity and reminds creators to use their eyes, skills and instinct. Plus, it’s just plain fun!

So it was easy to get involved. And even easier because as an art form, photography has been going through some amazing changes in recent years. Technology has adapted the way we all do things. Perhaps this is helping to blur some of the traditional lines which have distinguished artists from photographers. Yet both will tell you that a traditional C-print has a certain something that simply cannot be underestimated.

Whatever the case, we are finding that Opus is not just for artists any more, as many photographers are visiting us asking for all kinds of things we have never carried before. Of course this is very exciting for us. For example, did you know that we currently carry the most diverse selection of digital papers in Canada? And we’re darn proud of that!

We are also introducing a new service in the coming year at our downtown Vancouver store. We will soon print your digital images onto canvas. In a recent customer survey we did about considering this new service, we received some fabulous feedback. Our customers feel we have a history of facilitating their creative process and as a result, they trust us to be able to help them make the transition to printing their work digitally, even when they do not have the experience or knowledge. Wow. That’s the kind of praise that makes you feel very proud, and helps us to know we are on the right track with expanding into this brand new area of service.

So with that said, we want to congratulate 12×12 on this fun and inspiring event. And we hope that you will visit us at Opus to see how we can be a part of your creative process.

The Opus Story:

Opus storeWe began as a small picture frame manufacturer over thirty years ago, designing our own frames and stocking framing supplies for the professional art community. Many of the relationships we established early on have remained, as most of our long-term customers continue to shop with us to this day.

Through our beginnings, we realized that there was a need in the BC arts community for a comprehensive supplier of fine art materials. We now stock ready-made frames, chop frames and mats, student and professional art supplies, and a full range of unique arts, crafts and digital media materials which we continue to expand.

We currently operate an online store and mail order service plus six stores in BC — on Granville Island, North Vancouver, Downtown Vancouver, Langley, Kelowna and Victoria — so that we can serve customers across Western Canada and beyond.

opusBooksOur company philosophy is ‘small is beautiful’. We have worked hard to develop a community and culture where we can share ideas, develop solutions, and be innovative and passionate. We practice sustainable and earth-friendly options in our buying practices and our business dealings. We donate to our community and help our customers share their stories through our website and a monthly Visual Arts newsletter.

Many of our staff are also artists themselves and very knowledgeable about the products and services we provide. We believe we are our customers best resource when they are looking for creative solutions and materials.

Opus offers a wide range of framing and visual art related services from custom do-it-yourself framing, to classroom rental, to our community donations program, and much more. To find out what Opus can do for you visit their website, join their Facebook group or follow them on Twitter @OpusArtSupplies.

We are tremendously excited to have Opus on board as a sponsor and can’t wait to see the winning photos mounted and displayed the way photos should be viewed: In large format, on canvas.

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  • […] We introduced you to Opus Framing & Art Supplies and their canvas printing services in advance of Raw Talent 2009 but Opus doesn’t just offer printing, canvas stretching and framing services. They also sell a variety of coatings to further enhance the appearance of Giclée prints. Canvas printers are in reality extremely high quality inkjet printers that can render digital images onto all sorts of media including archival canvas. The nature of inkjet printing ink is that it comes out as a matte coat. As such, dark colours and blacks are not as dark as they can be because matte surfaces tend to reflect a certain amount of light. Depending on the original medium the image was created in and the intended effect, this can be both a plus and a minus. In many cases the matte effect is what is desired. But in others, like that of photos, the artist may want a different finish, either glossy or even with some texture to it. The same goes for painters who are printing reproductions and mixed-media artists who use the Giclée prints as a base for further artistic expression. Different Giclée Print Coatings […]

  • […] We were surprised to receive a gift card from Blenz, a bag from London Drugs, a 25% off coupon for Opus Framing, a free day pass to the Vancouver Lookout, etc… and all the door prizes. I would have been […]

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