New CREATIVEBLOCH Artist Magazine and Group Art Show!

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Creativebloch (www.creativebloch.com) is pleased to announce our first issue of CREATIVEBLOCH MAGAZINE! The magazine will be released as part of our Fall Group Art Show, ECLECTRICITY.  The first edition will include 17 amazing NYC artists, and will be available to order after October 6 exclusively though our website.

The artists will also be featured in our gallery show, which opens October 6, from 6-9 PM in DUMBO.  Come celebrate the show and the magazine!  

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1764380590509081/

Learn more at the CREATIVEBLOCH WEBSITE

Painting Dreams Art Tours Featured in North Shore News!

A big thank you to the North Shore News for featuring our owner and project creator for Painting Dreams International Art Tours this weekend in the paper!

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This summer, Monika took the second annual retreat to Wroclaw, Poland-the European Culture Capital for 2016. Monika taught art classes while Sabrina Widner from Coastal Storm Gallery coordinated activities such as gallery visits, museum tours, gnome hunts, castle visits and walks through the city.

This tour was made possible from our sponsors and affiliates: Twin Peaks Construction, Art by Edy, MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery, Art World Expo, Make and Break Arts Foundation,  Daddy BloggerJireh Stone Vancouver

Read the full article: http://www.nsnews.com/entertainment/dossier/travel-inspires-monika-blichar-s-creative-journey-1.2331560

Artists interested in travelling to Barcelona, Spain in 2017 can join us for the next art trip, please email artists@theartworldexpo.com or visit www.mabartstudio.com to register online. The next meeting is scheduled for September 25, 2016 from 2:00-4:00pm. Instructors for the 2017 tour will be Monika Blichar and Irene Eaves. Activity Coordinator will be Sabrina Widner.

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Art Workbook by Founder Monika Blichar Helps Spark Creativity

“You’re Going to Make It-A Creativity Workbook to Help You Make Your Best Art!” by Founder of Art World Expo Monika Blichar has been a real hit this summer!

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Monika has been working with emerging and established artists since 2009 via various projects including teaching at MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery in North Vancouver. In response reflections about how to help people be more creative in their art and lives, she put together a unique workbook to help even the most beginner artist ignite creativity!

Inside students can complete 10 exercises on things like highlighting, shading, perspective, colour wheel and even some work on portraiture. Monika also included some inspirational worksheets that will help anyone pin-point what they would like to do with their creativity and take action steps to achieve those goals. Blichar says that fostering the desire to create is crucial to well being and spurring imagination. She can’t live without creating and attributes her own creativity to doing something right-brained every day. “Whatever it is that you would like to create,” she says, “it can be nurtured and developed with an open-mind, dedication and most importantly, fun!”

Monika is always giving back to the arts community through fundraising and this is just another way for her to help others start their own work and be sure they understand the fundamentals of art. The first 100 books help support facility costs at MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery. So far, Blichar has sold 80 copies! Help her meet the goal by ordering an Ebook Here!

Fundraising Offers at our Studio!

We have been very  fortunate to have the wonderful support of our community since opening our studio and gallery space three years ago!
As a result, we have been able to accomplish many wonderful projects including ongoing children’s and adults arts programs, art shows featuring local and international artists in our studio and gallery as well as via Art World Expo, and even starting Painting Dreams International Art Tours and so, so much more!

A big huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us sustain the space and our projects by continuing to take classes, volunteer for events and shows, and purchase locally crafted merchandise. Everything helps and each one of your efforts really makes a huge difference in helping us build a thriving arts community around inclusivity, creativity and imagination here in Vancouver, BC.

As the summer season is in full swing, we are ready for another season of fundraising! Please have a look at some of our offers this month and help us meet our goals! All proceeds help support our efforts to help others find and foster their creativity, whether they are budding or professional artists.

July/August Fundraising Offers for Our Patrons!


GET CREATING IN STUDIO!
$13.00 PAINTING CLASS
Use anytime during “Studio Painting” classes. No Limit but must be used within 2016! Makes a great gift or a fun activity!

“YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE IT-A Creativity Workbook to Help You Make Your Best Art!”
$17.00
The first of Monika’s “You’re Going to Make It” Creativity Workbooks! This is the first and for a beginner artist who wants to be creative, spark imagination and make his/her best art! Inside, you’ll find 10 exercises, tips and tricks, and inspiration to keep you motivated and excited about being a creator rather than a spectator! This is an EBook format for easy delivery.

GET INTERNATIONAL! -UNAVAILABLE UNTIL SPAIN 2017
$80-2nd Annual Painting Dreams International Art Tours-Wroclaw, Poland the Capital of Culture 2016! Get your company seen by putting your logo on our travel totes and luggage this year! Includes social media marketing posts (minimum 3 posts) of your company on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. We will also post your website link on our tour videos. 
LOOKING FOR ART? 
$150 MONIKA’s “#GLAMOURNOIR50” Painting Challenge-50 Original Pieces looking for new homes! All the pieces are up on Monika’s Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1719504204958169.1073741832.1556162547959003&type=3&uploaded=1

$250-VIP DONOR PACKAGE 
15 PACK Painting Class, a Lavender West Coast Mind Body Scrub (Value $20) and Body Bath Salt (Value $20) made with Lavender from France! Choose one Custom Painting from either “40 Painting Challenge-French Series” or “Glamour Noir” pieces by Monika. ($100-150 Value per painting)
VIP DONOR PACKAGE Value:  $310-$360

$500-ULTIMATE VIP DONOR PACKAGE  
-Includes everything in the VIP ART PACKAGE plus a week of Full Day Art Camps fortwo kids (Value $450+gst each) as well as a painting dreams scarf (Value $20) and a credit in the official 2016 Painting Dreams International Art Tour promotional video as an “Associate Contributor”.
ULTIMATE VIP DONOR PACKAGE Value: $1500

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 604 999 6177. All offers above are available until June 30, 2016.

All funds raised this month will help support Make and Break Arts Foundation’s fundraising goals this summer.

Funds will be used:

-support facility operating costs
-arts programming costs: supplies and staff for the 2016 summer season
-Art World Expo production costs
-Painting Dreams International Art Tour operational costs

Be sure to help us support our projects this year and do what you can-everything really does help and it means so much to us to be able to continue to offer all these wonderful events in our community and represent Canada abroad.

We appreciate your support and look forward to offering you some great locally made or produced services, products and events!

Have a look at the Fundraising Offers HERE!

Finding Inspiration-3 Tips for Artists

by Monika Blichar

 

One of the hardest things artists struggle with is finding inspiration. We have no shortage of ideas that come to us, but actually finding inspiration for individual pieces or collections can be tricky! This is even more true when you experience a creative block-nothing’s coming!

Having spend the last two weeks abroad on tour with our annual artist retreats, Painting Dreams International Art Tours, I have thought about inspiration quite a lot. Being in a new place has not only inspired me to make new and entirely different work, but has also opened up my palette for a thirst for something more in art and creativity. I thought I would share my top three tips for finding inspiration with you while sitting in our city apartment on a Sunday evening in Wroclaw, Poland. Feel free to try them out, share and connect with me on social media and share what you’re doing to find inspiration!

1-New Environments 

We all know that stepping away from your day to day routine can spark an enormous amount of insight, creativity and inspiration. Each time I travel, I make sure to document my surroundings carefully as I always find some kind of spark of intrigue in the things around me when I create paintings especially. In our suite this year, I have been delighted to see antique furniture and items that are engaging in my curiosities. I haven’t painted any of these items yet, but have taken pictures so that I don’t forget and can incorporate them into my art later perhaps.

My room where I’ve been writing and sharing my trip, art and visits to galleries. Below are some of the cool pieces in this suite. 

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2-Challenge Yourself

Another thing to remember when looking for ways to find new inspiration is to challenge yourself. If you’ve always painted flowers, try buildings or landscapes. If you’ve always made abstracts, try doing a portrait or a plein air painting outside at a local park. You don’t have to travel far to try new things! It’s just about the conscious effort of finding new items, people, or local things to draw on for inspiration for new work. I also recommend trying new products. Recently, I worked on the two paintings on cedar blocks below with beeswax, fabric, pearls, paint, pages from “The Winter’s Tale” by Shakespeare too! I added word cut outs from magazines and even dried leaves!

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These are the two pieces that were definitely outside my norm. Both are available for purchase. $150/each or $250 for the set. 

3-Research 

If you are really stuck on finding inspiration. I leave you to the wonderful world of Google. Where anything is possible and researchable. Try typing in a word or era and see what you find! The possibilities are limitless and everything is “Google-able!”

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Check out this Google Doodle by 11 year old Audrey Azhang, the 2014 Doodle 4 Google winner.

In response to the question, “What would you invent to make the world a better place?” more than100,000 Google Doodle contest entries were received from students in grades K – 12.

Azhang told Google:

To make the world a better place, I invented a transformative water purifier. It takes in dirty and polluted water from rivers, lakes, and even oceans, then massively transforms the water into clean, safe and sanitary water, when humans and animals drink this water, they will live a healthier life.

From: http://searchengineland.com/doodle-4-google-winning-illustration-earns-winner-30000-scholarship-spot-googles-homepage-193568 

 

Don’t forget to like my page on Facebook and connect with me on Twitter! I share lots of daily tips, progress and love to hear from artists all over the world about their work!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Monika-Blichar-1556162547959003/?fref=ts 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MonikaBlichar 

Painting Dreams Art Tour-Wroclaw, Poland

by Monika Blichar

Wroclaw is known as “the meeting place”. With its picturesque architecture, many coffee shops and restaurants as well as attractions to visit, any artist will find an array of inspiration. The city is full of people, art, history and culture!

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Photos: City Square called the Rynek, Botanical Gardens, and a painting from 1864. 

Our trip here this year is part of Painting Dreams International Art Tours. Each year, a group of artists joins us for a two week tour of a selected area overseas. This year, we chose to take the tour to Wroclaw as it is the European Culture Capital for 2016 with stop overs in Amsterdam and Warsaw. We arrived late on Saturday night and since arrival, have enjoyed visiting attractions such as the Rynek, museums, and art galleries. The city is quite busy this year and we are finding that many people speak English well. Our travellers are able to get around easily on the trolley system and our apartment is located minutes from the downtown core. So far, some of our highlights have been visiting the National Museum, the Botanical Gardens, and the Panorama.

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Though our group is small this year, we have made time to create works and are anticipating cooler weather in order to be able to paint plein air! The weather has been unusually hot for the area this year, but we have been able to create a few pieces over the last few days! Sketching has been ideal to get some ideas down on paper and our canvas pads and travel kits have been a great way to create pieces that are easily transportable and that can be made anywhere.

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Sketch by Monika “Polish Princess” as well as two acrylic paintings. Inspirations for these pieces have been the city’s 300 some odd gnomes and Polish scenes, insects and architecture. Works in progress. 

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Kathryn has been working steadily on her bird piece. Colours are coming along and she has been working from the workbook provided to tour members. “You’re Going to Make It-A Creativity Workbook to Help You Make Your Best Art” by tour operator and art instructor Monika Blichar. You can order your own copy of the workbook EBOOK HERE

If you are interested in travelling with Painting Dreams International Art Tours, please register for our next information session on August 28 held at our studio and gallery in North Vancouver, BC. If you are out of the area, we will be streaming the meeting so you will be able to be present virtually. Please register PAINTING DREAMS IN SPAIN 2017

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3 Tips for Shipping Works of Art

3 Tips For Shipping Works of Art

by Cormac Reynolds
whistl.co.uk 

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Your art or any art is important and more often than not also delicate. So, how do you best serve your interests and ensure its safe in transit – here are some golden tips.

Pack the Art Work Correctly

Make sure everything is secured and well protected to ensure it does not get damaged whilst in transit. This may mean taking extra time to do the packing because you want to be as careful as possible in order to keep the art safe.

We recently packed some valuable painting that was going to be shipped to Nigeria. We covered the glass with 2-inch masking tape. The masking tape is used to keep the art from being damaged if the glass breaks during transit. If the glass is broken, it will stick to the tape, instead of cutting the painting.

Then, we cut a sheet of polystyrene to cover the taped glass. Then, we used small bubble wrap to wrap the art both ways. A larger bubble wrap was used for further protection. Most carriers request 2-inches or 6 cm of cushioning around an object to provide protection. If you use less, the carrier may not uphold your insurance claim if the item is damaged.

We make sure all sides are cushioned in order to protect the frame. You can also use frame protectors, which would be well worth the cost if the frame is large.

After the picture is wrapped, we slid it into a dedicated art box. The lid of the box slides down to the bottom of the box, so you have a double wall of protection. When you put the art in the box, you have to ensure it is snugly fit. You don’t want the art moving around in the box because that can cause damage.

The Outside Packaging Needs to Be High-Quality

Ensure you properly mark and label all of the items, so that the people who handle the packages know that they contain valuable items. You also need to make sure the exterior packaging is of high-quality.

You don’t want your treasure to arrive and the packaging is in tatters. Even if the artwork is in perfect condition, you want the exterior packaging to reflect the value of the piece inside.

Find a Shipping Method That is Good and Affordable

Shipping art does not have to come with a high price tag and there are many quality vendors such as Whistl that can send it for an affordable price. If you’re an art dealer you don’t want the price of shipping your art pieces to take all of your profits. You want to make sure your items are safe and handled properly but you want to pay a fair and reasonable rate.

If you’re shipping your artwork abroad, you also have to ensure all of the paperwork is complete. You’ll need customer’s declaration documents and you may be liable for import taxes in the country the item is being shipped to. These are all things you should consider when looking for a shipping method.

Keep these three golden rules in mind and you won’t go wrong. However, you must remember to choose a carrier that has a good reputation for handling the packages that pass through their hands. When it comes to protecting your works of art, you want to make sure they are safe from the time they leave your hands to the time they get to your customer.