Today’s Auction Item-Hotel in Downtown Vancouver

Today’s auction item is a one night stay at the Times Square Suites Hotel Vancouver Enjoy a One Night Stay with Parking in a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Vancouver. Perfect for when visitors are coming to town or for a staycation! 
One night in a One Bedroom Suite w/Parking

Suite has capacity for up to 3 adults; 

or 2 adults & 2 children under 12 years.

Maximum 4 people in the suite.

No cash value. Subject to availability & restrictions. Normal cancellation

policies apply


Oct 2017 to April 2018

Oct 2018 to Dec 2018

The gift certificate has a value of $226.70CAD

Sponsors Wanted! 

We would love to invite you to be part of our annual event this year! Join us by helping keep arts alive in our community and feature your business in an interesting way! 

We are looking for items for our silent and live auctions, advertisers in our swag bags, logo ads on our popular media wall, main stage sponsors and walking body art advertisers! We are also looking to fill our Gold, Silver, and Bronze Sponsor packages this year! Get your company seen at this annual gala and throughout the year with our comprehensive packages and support a show that helps feature and promote hundreds of artists annually in Vancouver and Toronto. 
 Thank you to everyone who has supported this event each year by donating products and services as well as purchasing advertising and sponsorship packages! 

Call 6049996177 to learn more! 

Art World Expo Gearing Up

Are you looking for art or accessories? This year, be sure to attend the 7th annual Art World Expo at Science World on May 12! A variety of vendors include everything from handmade fashion to art, accessories, photography and even make up and cosmetics will have you and your group devouring all there is in the art world. You chance to see and purchase works from over 100 talented artisans and makers both local and international.

From top left: Apothic Wine Tasting 2016, Ryan Broderick Paintings

Bottom Left: Crowds at the Main Stage

Middle Top: Michael Griffin Middle Bottom: Michele Trask and Deanna Fligg

Bottom Right: Guests Tara and friend enjoying the gala in 2015! 

Tickets are now available! 

Want to show and sell with us? We are accepting vendor applications until April. 

Vendor Tips: Sell Your Art

by Monika Blichar, Art World Expo Owner and Producer


Selling art can be tricky. I mean, lets be honest about buying art. It isn’t a necessity like food or shelter nor can it improve your employment skills via education or training. Investing in art doesn’t bring you a fancy certificate for a future job position, nor does it help you do your job better because its settings has better apps than your last device. It can’t help you put gas in your car or buy new running shoes for your kids, nor can it help you get dog food for your puppy. So, what is the motivation for people to buy art and how can you sell your art regularly despite these drawbacks?

Have a look at these vendor tips; be sure to send me your ideas and I might just post them in my next blog with credits to you-website and photos included of your art too!

1-Market to a Specific Audience

Whether you make wood sculptures or plaster casts is irrelevant. Who you are marketing to is what is important. Afterall, if you are targeting college or university students just because you’re currently in college or university, it may work for bumper sticker art, cards or prints, but once you decide you don’t want to sell 500 items at $5, your chances of selling a piece at even $100 to a student is slim. Before you continue your marketing today, think about who your audience is and then find ways to reach that audience.

2-Social Media

I harp on artists all the time about using social media to promote their art. What other free tools are there? Social media is definitely the number one tool to reach the maximum number of people for no monetary investment. Artists in our events will promote their work and use our #artworldexpo hashtag; you’re more than welcome to use it too and we’ll share and retweet your art. That’s the beauty of it really-you can reach so many people and if you use good hashtags, others will share your work too. Be sure to comment, like, and share other people’s posts, images and content in order to spread the love! In terms of social media, whatever you put in, you’ll get back.

3-Follow Up

Many artists sign up for markets, events, and trade shows; preparing everything correctly including draw boxes for contests, email marketing newsletter campaigns, and then; fail to follow up for numerous reasons. Whether you didn’t do as well as you thought at your event sales wise or you just didn’t get the number of people through your booth as you though, the biggest waste of time after an event is that you didn’t follow up with people you met or who entered your draw box. That is where the REAL fortune is. Adding people to your mailing list, inviting them to your Facebook Page, or keeping them in the loop for your next event is the KEY to creating relationships that will help you grow your business and sell more art.

I always love to try new things when selling art. I diversify my work and my workload; making adjustments all the time. What worked two months or two years ago, might not work today. The important thing is that you always experiment with your sales strategies and sales goals with the knowledge that there is something for everyone and someone out there is looking for exactly what you have.

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Monika Blichar is an Entrepreneur and Artist. She is owner of MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery in North Vancouver and producer of Art World Expo and Painting Dreams International Art Tours. She is always pushing boundaries as an artist and creative entrepreneur. Her love of the arts has been a part of her life since childhood.


Valentine’s Day-Fundraising Offers

With LOVE day just around the corner, we thought you might like to enjoy some special offers from our team this year! It can be super hard to find meaningful gifts for your loved ones, but with our creative players working on collaborations behind the scenes, you have nothing to worry about!


Valentine’s Day Special Offer-Proceeds support Make and Break Arts Foundation

Art Class for Two, Art Card by Chelsea Sinclare, Red Rose, and a Bag of Organic and Vegan Truffles. All the above for only $100! BUY NOW

Order the Truffles Only HERE

Thank you to our partners at Hooray Truffles for helping make this year’s Valentine’s Day fundraising possible. We met Kim through a referral from one of our long time guests, supporters and promoters Erin Lacey from Cinderelly’s Castle. What a great connection Kim has been in our community! Since meeting, we have had the pleasure of working with Kim at our event, as well as her beautiful daughter Daynah for one of our photo shoots last year. We’ve seen Kim at many markets in the Lower Mainland and enjoy her work so much that we thought who better to partner with for our Valentine’s Day fundraiser? We so appreciate your vegan and organic treats and your timeliness in supporting the arts in Vancouver Kim!

If you haven’t followed the team at Hooray Truffles, be sure to check out their website here:HOORAY TRUFFLES WEBSITE

glamournoircarad.jpgDaynah Kingston, Kim’s daughter modeling for us last year. Daynah is a special girl who touched our hearts last year for this shoot. A stage 4 cancer survivor and inspiration to all of us to lead our best lives. If you are interested in purchasing this print, please click HERE

Painting Dreams International Art Tours-Barcelona 2017!

Have you always wanted to visit Spain? See the sights, visit the Gaudi buildings, bask in the colourful creativity all around you? Here is your chance to visit this beautiful country with Painting Dreams International Art Tours!


A 12 day creative artist retreat awaits the emerging or experienced aritst. Guests on tour this year can expect daily art instruction from founder Monika Blichar and co-teacher Irene Eaves. Both women have a combined painting and teaching experience which includes painting, drawing, mixed media and intuitive painting. Guests will receive daily art classes inspired by a joint venture workbook available exclusively to tour participants inspired by Spain’s architecture, landscape and colour. In addition to our art practise, we will be helping guests enjoy museums, art galleries and day activities after classes. Guests can expect a full day of art and culture with evenings to themselves as well as a free day to contemplate their art, explore the surroundings or venture off on a day trip solo or as a group.

Read the Full North Shore News Article About Painting Dreams International Art Tours featuring Founder Monika Blichar here:

Read the Full North Shore News Article About Painting Dreams International Art Tours featuring Founder Monika Blichar here:

If you are interested in travelling to Spain for the 3rd annual Painting Dreams Art Tour, please contact Monika Blichar at 604 999 6177. A free information session is set for February 15 at 6:00pm at MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery in North Vancouver, BC. RSVP HERE

Social Media Tips All Artists Should Know

New social media marketing techniques are a must have for any new artists looking to form a following or any veteran art dealers looking to reach a wider audience. New techniques will help you reach your goals in terms of social reach. There are a few strategies that you should consider implementing on your social accounts.

Optimize Your Website


A website is something you need to have for business and will help you get your foot in the online door. However, you may want to consider a refresh of your website particularly if it is an older site. You need to ensure that your website is optimized for search traffic and for mobile devices.  


Start Up A Blog


Blogging is one of the best ways to get your art or gallery onto the search engines. This will also provide a great content platform for other social network activities. You should look at posting your opening hours and content about new shows on the blog. You can also give your readers a creative behind the scenes view of what happen in the creative process, when you set up for shows or any other new information.  


Maximize The Facebook and Instagram Presence


The first step in social networking should have been setting up a Facebook and Instagram business page for your brand or gallery. The page is free, it is easy to use and it gives you access to every user one Facebook which is over a billion people. If you have not already, you need to set up your Facebook and Instagram business page.


Once the page is up you can invite your friends, family and colleagues to like the page and share it with their social group. Then you need to start posting using a similar strategy to your blog. You also need to engage with any followers you have that leave comments or content you via the page. One good way to make your social media seem more popular is to add a few followers beforehand.


Take Advantage Of Pinterest


Art is a visual activity and the best visually orientated social network is Pinterest. To get started on the network you will need to set up your profile and this needs to include keywords and a link to your website. Once you are set up you can start pinning.


When you pin your art on the site you need to include a watermark to protect the image. You also need to add some keywords and a caption. You need to describe the image clearly because this will help users find your image when they search the site. You also need to link your images back to your website or the page that you are trying to promote.


If you want to get more exposure for your art you can include prices in the description. You can also use the gift section of Pinterest and this will show the price of the art in front of the image.


Experiment With Facebook Ads


If you are looking for a low-cost method of promoting shows or events then you should consider Facebook ads. Many large art companies use Facebook ads to promote their new events and to connect with people. Artlog found that spending $75 on Facebook ads for an event resulted in $200 of ticket sales which is a great profit and helped them reach out to new people.

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