Edmonton-here we come!

Did you know that ART WORLD EXPO 2019-Edmonton Official Page is coming up on March 15, 2019? This will be our second production in Edmonton with Art World and this year is set to be amazing! The talent in Alberta is amazing!

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We have tickets available here: https://theartworldexpo.com/attend-event-3/

Vendor applications here:
https://theartworldexpo.com/exhibitor-information/

Be an affiliate, sell tickets and make extra money! Sign up here: https://theartworldexpo.com/affiliate-sales-team/

In addition, if you are an Alberta business owner, we would love to get you involved as a sponsor! Auction item donation and sponsorship opportunities in exchange for marketing at the event or on social media are all options. Do you have a store in Edmonton, a business or a service you would like to promote to our guests, vendors and followers? Send us a message if you’re interested or if you have a recommendation of someone we should connect to! Check out: https://theartworldexpo.com/sponsorship/

Art World presents Two Carrots Studio

by Monika Blichar

5D00D46B-A3B0-4D8A-B96B-2924DF8D947C - Carrie Carbol-Ritcey (1).jpgIt’s always interesting to see new artists come to our Art World Expo family and when I saw Carrie Carbol-Ritcey work come through our submission, I was not only thrilled but really interested in what she is doing because she is really invested in her work and business. Not only is she a talented metalsmith, she is also teaching, exhibiting, partnering up with local merchants in her area and continually learning about her craft by pursuing higher education in her industry. She is really doing it all. I caught up with her today and here’s what she had to say about her work, inspiration and goals for her company Two Carrots Studio.

You are an accomplished designer and metalsmith. When did you know you wanted to pursue design as a career?

I’ve always been involved in the arts. Music, creative writing, mixed media collage, building, sewing, I am incredibly lucky to have a family that has always supported my artistic pursuits, whatever they might be. I had a conventional job for a long time, but my years in the corporate world left me wanting to do more. One silversmithing course led to another and another and I realized I had found my passion. My favourite line from my artist’s bio reads: I find silversmithing to be the perfect combination of right and left brain thinking: art and science, engineering and physics and just a little bit of alchemy that results in beautiful and accessible pieces of wearable art. That’s why I do what I do.

What inspires you when you create new pieces?

I always have a sketchbook with me, and have been known to rummage in my bag for something to sketch on while at the movie theatre! I find inspiration everywhere, in architecture, nature, books and music. My Stick Flower line was and is inspired by the
artwork of my youngest daughter. Kids draw the most fantastic things, in bold lines and vibrant colours. She’s been drawing amazing stick people lately, with impossibly long limbs and giant cartoon hands. I just love them, and one of them is going to have to become part of a piece soon. My oldest daughter is an artist, and I proudly frame and display her pieces around our house. I get inspiration from just watching her create, and I will support her Arts passion just like my parents did for me.

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Do you have a favourite piece you have made?

Usually my newest piece is my favourite! I love to tell my customers that my rings all come in ‘not my size’ or I would have to keep them all!

I think my current favourite is the piece I made in a week long workshop at the Red Deer College Series Summer Arts program last year. ACAD’s Linda Chow was my instructor and I learned so much that week! The piece is a two sided pendant featuring a huge labradorite stone with a hand fabricated water lily and carved lily pads on the front and back of the piece. Linda taught us that ‘sculpture has no front or back’ and to reflect that in our work when creating a sculptural piece of jewelry.

Another favourite would be the copper poppies seen in my logo. Like a lot of my projects, these started out as a simple idea on paper, probably a bit out of my current skill set. I love a challenge, and making the poppies pushed me to learn several new techniques. The first set was a gift for my amazing mom. After that, I made several more sets and still carry them as part of my line.

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You teach a variety of workshops in the area. Can you tell us more about any upcoming workshops you are hosting?

I am lucky to be part of the group of instructors at Bedrock Supply. I learned a lot of my skills in the Bedrock studio, and I am thrilled to be part of the teaching team. I have two classes left in my winter schedule. Both classes give students a chance to work with metals, learn about tools and gain some foundation techniques in metalsmithing. On March 22 I’m teaching a simple silver band ring class, and on April 2 I am teaching a roll printed earring class. I’ll have examples of both at the Art Expo show-come see me to learn more about the classes and the pieces we will be creating!

What are your goals for your business in the coming year?

I have a few things in the works. I just finished up a Valentine’s Day collaboration with the amazing local chocolatier Colleen Heidecker, and would love to do that again. I am working at making as much of the behind the scenes work as streamlined and automated as I can. The business of being a maker and an artist isn’t as fun as the creating!

There is nothing I would like more than to be a silversmith 100% of the time. Right now I’m balancing small scale production work with the creative pieces I love to do. Selling the ‘bread and butter’ pieces frees up time to create the really fun stuff, and also pays
the bills. Professionally I’m always looking to learn more about the craft. I’m headed back to Red Deer College Series Summer Arts in July. Being surrounded by artists and makers in the fantastic studio spaces at RDC is the best way to spend my summer vacation. In 2020 I plan to travel to Washington State to immerse myself in a week long workshop with one of my favourite silversmiths, Nicole Ringgold.
Will you have any show specials for Art World Expo guests at the show this year?

I just might! People will need to come see the Expo to find out!

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To learn more about Carrie and Two Carrots Studio, visit her website twocarrotsstudio.com If you haven’t bought your ticket to the show yet, you can do so HERE.

Follow Two Carrots Studio on Social Media:

http://www.facebook.com/twocarrotsstudio

http://www.instagram.com/twocarrotsstudio

 

Decadent Delights will Delight Again at Art World Expo Edmonton

by Monika Blichar

If you have a sweetooth, you’ll be pleased to learn that Decadent Delights will be attending Art World Expo in Edmonton again this year on March 15, 2019 at the Muttart Conservatory. I caught up with Hasna the owner and here’s what she had to say about her company, the last year and what to expect at the show this March.

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You’re coming back for another event with Art World Expo in Edmonton. What have you been up to since last year with your dessert business? 
First and foremost  I am very excited to be back for another year with the Art World Expo !
The year has definitely passed by quick , Decadent Delights is growing and the dream is to have a business shop open in the near future. I am of Lebanese heritage, I so I have been introducing more Mediterranean desserts which have been a huge hit! We also are making more vegan friendly desserts and took a tour in Paris as well as visited the south of France. What an amazing trip I must say, to visit some famous pastry chefs and get inspired! Bringing a little bit of France to YEG!
What did you enjoy most about last year’s event? 
The Body painting was excellent!  It was a great turn out, a lot of wonderful talent, meeting new faces, and all the creativity.
What kinds of desserts will you be making this year and will you have any specials for guests? 
Definitely going to have a vegan friendly option, some of our famous cookies and repeat of last year’s tarts since they were a big hit!  I will be making a new forms or cupcake minis which are super cute and elegant. I don’t want to spoil too much 😉 but you don’t want to miss out on these!!!!
What are your goals for the next year with your business? 
The goal is to set up contracts with a few cafés who are interested in selling our products .
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Do you have any tips for dessert makers who are starting out?   
Baking is a form of art, imagine it, then act on it. Start with making a cookbook with various recipes, looking at others’ work,  get inspired,(watching bake shows was one of my forms of inspiration! If this is something you truly want to do- there has to be passion! Keep working on your goals get excited about them and it will always be a positive turn out! Sometimes we fail but that’s just because we need to know what didn’t work and try something else, create creativity!
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Learn more about Decadent Delights on their INSTAGRAM account. Be sure to get your tickets to the show this year HERE. 

Cassie Zaccardo

by Hannah Johnson

When it comes to defining your art style and making a name for yourself, there are very few artists who have such a unique set of styles and stand out qualities in their art. Cassie Zaccardo is an artist who has built up a new and reputation for herself over the years due to her unique style and ability to move from medium to medium to ensure the best possible final result for the type of piece she is working on.

Most artists will usually work within one medium, say pencil, acrylic, charcoal etc, whereas Cassie works within all mediums across different types of projects at the same time. This brings a pop to her work that is hard to emulate and provides Cassie with an approach to her work that captures the true energy and artistic creativity of all of her pieces.

While working on her own personal work, Cassie also takes on commission pieces for anyone looking for custom portraits, pet portraits, abstract pieces and much more. There is a growing demand of portraits of family member’s and pets that people really want to capture in a creative and fun way, which is why Cassie is such an in demand painter and artist, her style really resonates with people and manages to capture their true emotions and love for the one that is getting immortalized in a painting or drawing.

If you would like to find out more about Cassie Zaccardo and her breathtaking art, you can visit her website www.cassiezaccard.com or alternatively you can follow her Instagram account and be kept up to date with all the projects and art that she is working on.

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Early Bird Vendor Applications for Christmas Fairs in 2019

We are excited to be producing Christmas Fairs and want to thank each of you who participate in our events each year! Registration for the 2019 Christmas Fairs is now open!

As a perk, vendors who register before December 31 will receive $15 off their participation fee. If you’re an artist, local vendor or business person, we want to see you at our events next year! All types of vendors are welcome at our event and we encourage artisan products, young entrepreneurs and local businesses to participate. Fill in the registration form here:

https://theartworldexpo.com/exhibitor-information/

Get the discount here:

http://mabartstudio.com/store.php#!/ART-WORLD-EXPO-CHRISTMAS-FAIR-2018-EARLY-BIRD-Vancouver-or-Victoria/p/98231727/category=0

See you in the 2019 Christmas Fairs!

If you have questions about the vendor form, please call 604 999 6177.

Interview with Nature and Wildlife Photographer GovindVijayakumar

Snow_Leopard2_Govind-Vijayakumar.jpgThere are different types of photography and wildlife photography is one of the genres amongst them. Today, let us meet GovindVijayakumar, a wildlife photographer based in India. He is also the owner of PhotographyAxis, through which he shares his photos, tips, and tutorials on photography. His photography works got published in many renowned magazines and books.

When did you get interested in Wildlife Photography?

I started developing an interest in photography after completing my graduation. I have completed my graduation in Electronics and Communication. I bought my first DSLR camera after getting into my first job as an Electronic Design Engineer. It was my initial days of photography, and my interest was on Architecture and people photography. I managed to learn more about photography within one year. Later, I became more interested in Nature. So, I slowly switched to Nature and Wildlife photography. For me, “Photography is All about Light and Colors.” I am doing Nature and Wildlife photography for the past seven years.

Can you share some of your best wildlife experiences?

I had lots of good experience in wildlife. I would share a couple of my wildlife experiences. Recently, I had been to Papua New Guinea, which is known for the extraordinary Birds of Paradise. It was like a dream come true to see these beautiful birds. I was lucky to see the courtship display of the male Raggiana bird of Paradise. I am still getting goosebumps when I tell this. I managed to see around 10 Birds of paradise species.

Photographing the Snow leopard was another best experience in my wildlife career. It was the toughest of my wildlife trips at an altitude above 12,500 feet in bone-chilling weather. The terrain was tough. I managed to get some good snaps of Snow leopard in a close range. The male snow leopard, which I sighted was sitting on top of a kill.

What is your Photography advice to Amateur Photographers?

The most important quality required for a good wildlife photographer is patience. You need to be patient enough to wait for the action to happen. You don’t need costly equipment to get your best shots. You need to know your camera correctly. So, understand the strength and weakness of your camera and use it accordingly.

The best natural light for photography is during Sunset and Sunrise. You can get the best shots during this time. Photography is 80 percent capturing the scene in the camera, and 20 percent in post-processing. Don’t think post-processing as a high-end photo editing skill. It is just a basic photo retouching which involves necessary color correction, exposure adjustment, and image sharpening. To be a successful photographer, you need to have a good portfolio of your works.

If you are new into photography or if you want to improve your photography skills then it is worth checking out his photos and photography tips.

GovindVijayakumar’s Website: www.photographyaxis.com

 

Joan Reese Photographs-New York City Artist

MUSEUM QUALITY PRINTS OF JOAN REESE’S Photographs are available!
Joan Reese is a popular New York City artist and photographer. Ms. Reese’s new collection of photographs capture the energy of the city she loves the most; New York. She feels sitting in an outdoor East Village Cafe, watching the colorful people walk by is as interesting as going to the movies. Ms. Reese’s camera captures
“Coincidental Portraits, Travel, and Street Photography.” She has been creating art and photographs for many years, she has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. She has taught art and studied Chinese painting with a master painter in New York’s Chinatown. Fine Arts America produces Museum quality reproductions of her paintings and photographs on Canvas prints, framed prints, throw pillows, duvet covers, tote bags, shower curtains and household items.
https://joan-reese.pixels.com

Follow Joan Reese’s blog, “New York City Artist.” Each week you will receive a positive inspirational quote with a beautiful image to brighten up your week! Miss Reese’s blog is great for anyone that wants to know everything about New York’s entertainment scene, fine dining and the arts. A real plus: Ms. Reese shares her cost saving tips when visiting New York City.
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HERBERT SIM “Adam & Eve: The Fall of Man”

by Francine Jansen
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A digital illustration work entitled “Adam & Eve: The Fall of Man” by Herbert R. Sim, was seen making waves across photo and video-sharing social networking service – Instagram, amassing thousands of engagements, shares, likes and comments.
The illustration itself showcased the one of the most important stories in the Bible, or rather among the first stories in the first book ‘Genesis’ of the Bible – The story of ‘Adam and Eve’, being tempted by the serpent; and the orgin of mankind.
This illustration however is different from the hundreds if not thousands of other such artworks out there in the world. The artist himself had an unconventional theory, that the serpent which tempted the first humans Adam and Eve, had legs! And the serpent was drawn dragon-like, that similar to a Chinese dragon, but with a typical western dragon look
ing face, that similar to Game of Thrones’ dragons.
The Serpent is seen entwined around thetrunk of the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil”; who in the story itself tempted Eve to eat the fruit from the tree, who shared the fruit together with Adam.
Even more intriguing was the main characters were made to resemble that of famous celebrity couple, Ryan Reynolds, starring as Adam; and Blake Lively starring as Eve. And their naked bodies were perfectly sculptured in the illustration.
The artist, Herbert Rafael Sim, is a digital illustrator, writer, and philanthropist, entrepreneur, investor. Some might even know him as ‘The Bitcoin Man“.

ART WORLD EXPO CHRISTMAS FAIRS-VANCOUVER AND VICTORIA, BC!

Join us at Art World Expo presents Christmas Fairs in Vancouver and Victoria, BC! 
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Features:
Free to attend-no admission for guests! 
50+ Holiday Vendors to help with your last minute holiday shopping and unique gift giving this year! 
Musical Performances
Arts & Crafts Station for Kids
Goody Bags for first 100 guests
Catering on site: Have lunch with us!
50/50 Raffle: Win some HOLIDAY CASH at the event!
Auction table benefiting Make and Break Arts Foundation
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Vendor List for Vancouver, BC 
Carolyn Bruce Designs – Statement Jewelry
Magnetic Memos and Memories
Elizabeth Cross
Mila Chanel
Hoai Dang-Lachance Hoai Not Art
Salvaged Earth Art
June Corstorphine
Magnetic Memos and Memories
Tribal Collective
Silver FX https://silverfx.ca/
flexurie
Paint to Paper Studios
Fifth Avenue Collection www.fifthavenuecollection.com/jbarnett
ArtGoia
Dallas Vienneau https://www.instagram.com/photorighterphotography/
Wandering Warrior https://www.instagram.com/wanderingwarriorcollection/
Mitchell Thomas Tharp
https://www.instagram.com/mitch.tharp/
Julia’s Crafts
Corsus Body Care
Fiona Alexa
The Hat Emporium – Linda BannermanLocal Businesses:
Kristi Weaver Kristi Weaver – Independent Scentsy Consultant
Amanda Loewen Mandy’s Beauty Bar ♡
Renee Chin Coffee Power
SweetLegs Vancouver with Julia Julia Kukler
Lasting Colour by Andrea, SeneGence and LipSense Independent Distributor Andrea Turner
Mary Kay with Jennifer -Radiant You
Bob the Dog
Janette Bundic
Chiara Rai
Audrey’s Slime
Fifth Avenue Collection www.fifthavenuecollection.com/jbarnett
Kathy Chapman – Tupperware Page
Soxx Appeal

Local Businesses:
Christine Lakhbir Johel Inner Harmonious Peace
Cove Book Nook – Usborne Books
Drop and Flourish

Liquor, Wine and Beer:
Dragon Mist Distillery

Artisan Food Vendors:
Zeina CB Zeina’s Chocolate Boutique
Sable Shortbread Company Ltd.

Vendor List for Victoria, BC 
Artisans:
Monika Blichar Monika’s Art Boutique-Studio & Gallery
Art by Edy
Oh So Lovely Online
Coastal Storm Gallery
Carolyn Bruce Designs – Statement Jewelry
Floelle Artist
Sweet Life Candle
Raincoast Jewelry Design
RoxyWallHanger
Gem And Pebble
Bat-Fish Studio
Gulf Island Cribbage
Kailyard Creations -Handmade Greeting Cards
Silver FX
Photos in Nature by Nancy
Dino & Panda Inc.
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Helen H. Designs
Banbutsu
The Hat Emporium – Linda BannermanLocal Businesses:
SparkySnacks
Alyssa’s Bookshelf – Independent Usborne Consultant
Tracey McColm www.facebook.com/essentialoilsnaturalhealthandwellness

Local Service Providers:
Coach Diane Travis

Artisan Food & Beverage:
Dragon Mist Distillery

Food Truck:
Country Crepes

Sponsors:
Twin Peaks Construction
Island Arts Magazine
Oh So Lovely Online
Art by Edy
Monika’s Art Boutique-Studio & Gallery
Fresh Magazine
Coastal Storm Gallery
Make and Break Arts Foundation
Painting Dreams International Art Tours

Thank you for your interest in our events! We are SOLD OUT for vendor spots in Victoria, BC but have a few more spots left for our Vancouver show. For more information about being a vendor at our Christmas Fairs, please visit: https://theartworldexpo.com/exhibitor-information/

Questions: Call Monika Blichar at 604 999 6177

How to Use Sculptures in Your Garden

How to Use Sculptures in Your Garden

Michael Smith

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Sculptures, when placed correctly, can transform your garden and create an almost magical focal point. When you find the perfect sculpture for your property, it will turn your pools, ponds, hedges and borders into a magical wonderland. Let’s take a look at how you can use sculptures in your garden to create the garden that you have always dreamt of. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about how to use sculptures in your garden.

Choose Your Site

The first thing that you must determine is the location of where you will be placing your sculpture. The style of artwork is often determined by your garden itself. If you have a contemporary design, you should choose abstract modern sculptures. If, on the other hand, you have a traditional garden, you should opt for classical or quirky sculptures. However, there are no rules when it comes to choosing your sculptures for your garden.

Look around your landscape and see the areas that could benefit from a piece of art.  Here are some locations in the garden where a sculpture can go:

* Beside a water feature like a pond or a pool

* At the end of a path

* Beneath a tree

* In a corner of the garden

* At a viewpoint

* In front of a shrub

* Along a wall or hedge in the garden

* In an alcove

* Amongst plantings

Finding the Best Place for a Sculpture

Oftentimes, the size, color, subject and style of your sculpture will help you determine the best place for your sculpture. For example, a sculpture like a kingfisher on a reed or a bronze nymph that is washing her hair would look perfect in an informal pond. A steel water lily sculpture amongst living water lilies or a metal fish coming out of the water would also look great and create an interesting focal point.

Formal water features can be enhanced using abstract sculptures. The reflections created by the water can add further interest to the water, especially in still water locales. Another option is to place a glass sculpture close to the water to create a dappled light effect that sparkles against the water.

Creating Harmony in the Garden

One way to create harmony in your landscape is to use a coordinating colored sculpture beside a particular plant. For example, a bronze or copper sculpture would work beautifully against teal plants like cornflowers, irises, hydrangeas or lobelias. You can also use similar colored plants like apricot foxgloves, roses, Verbascum or Japanese maples with bronze or copper.

The blue green patina of copper and the silver of stainless steel looks amazing with plants with silver leaves like the feathery leaf Artemisia or Festuca glauca grass. You can also pair these metals with purple allium or white flowers to create harmony in the garden.

You can compliment the form and movement of the plants in your garden using swaying or linear sculptures in your landscape.

Contrasting colors, textures and forms can also create interest in your garden. For example, using grass in the landscape creates movement. Placing a bold sculpture among dainty and frilly grasses will create interest.

Pale marble, stainless steel and marble will pop when placed among darkly colored plants like Tom Thumb and Black Elder. Adding a sculpture to this area can lighten it up and create interest in an otherwise dark corner of your landscape.

Take a Hint from Nature

You can create amazing results by using sculptures that represent plant life. Placing these items among your plantings, around your water features, under trees and shrubs and along borders can add interest to the area.

If you garden is located in a rural setting, take a look at your surroundings. A sculpture that nods to the hills, hedges and landscape of the area is a great way to pull the great outdoors into your garden. If you have a long line of hedges, a wall or a fence, a sculpture can break up the area and add a focal point. Finally, if you have a break in the trees surrounding your property, adding a sculpture can help draw your visitors’ eyes to the amazing view past your line of trees.

Humor in the Landscape

There may be places in your garden where you can add whimsical and humorous sculptures. These will help to brighten up an otherwise dull area in the landscape. Humour is personal and should showcase your unique sense of humor. Luckily, there are many different sculptures available that will allow you to create a personal artistic sculpture to your garden. You could also use outdoor canvas art.

Finding Garden Art and Sculptures for Your Landscape

Visiting a sculpture garden will teach you how you can add art to your landscape for interest and design. In addition to visiting a sculpture garden, you can search online for unique garden art. Thanks to the internet, you can find artwork and sculptures based on specific artist or styles. If you have not decided the type of sculpture you want, visit local art galleries, garden centers and public gardens to help you gather ideas.