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Dress code: 7 Wonders of the World Theme

19+ ONLY EVENT

The most fabulous night of art, dance and music! Find unique items for mom, yourself, and enjoy networking and meeting the most interesting creative artists and companies in Vancouver and beyond! Proceeds from our annual event auction support Make and Break Arts Foundation via art programs, kids art camps, education and professional development and support for artists in our community.

See you tonight!

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Interview with Angie Balbon-Body Painting Artist and Competitor

by Monika Blichar

Our friend, volunteer and long time supporter David Torok had his face painted last year for our event by a lady named Angie Balbon. After some convincing, Angie decided that she would indeed participate after David encouraged her. We are very lucky that we have people like David in the community to support artists and make sure they are encouraged and go for their dreams.

We caught up to Angie for an interview. Be like Angie and Dave. Believe in your dreams and go for it!

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1-Why are you intrigued by body painting?
Body painting is a beautiful and unique art form unlike any other. The artist has the opportunity to get very intimate with a  living breathing canvas. Working with the natural curves of the body creates a breathtaking masterpiece far from two dimensional.
2-When did you know you wanted to work in the creative arts industry?
I have been enamored with the arts since I was a child. Art class was one of  my favourite classes throughout my school life as a youth. When I was a young teen I discovered makeup and the beauty of it’s trans formative qualities. MANY years later I decided to combine the two loves and attend the well reputed Blanche MacDonald Centre in 2012 for Professional Makeup Artistry, a perfect fit. Since then I have dabbled in the makeup career as a Freelance Artist.
3-You attended Blanche MacDonald in 2012. What is the most interesting thing you learned in their make up program?
That the possibilities are ENDLESS, and the world is your oyster! Always maintain professionalism, a positive upbeat attitude, network and keep learning. Knowledge is power!
 
4-In 2013, you competed and won 2nd place at the IMATS. What inspired your character design for that competition?
The theme that year was Oz, in honor of the movie being released that year. I chose to do my own version of a Winkie Guard (Wicked Witch’s soldiers), but updated with a backstory. He is the offspring of a Winkie Guard and a Munchkin post the Wicked Witch’s demise, choosing to continue to serve for the Emerald Castle. I also have an affinity for green people, ha ha.
My model, Scott, was the perfect candidate for the role.

Below are links to the article written by Blanche for my win as well as Youtube links to the video of the competition:
5-Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Creating music (fronting/vocals for a touring festival music project) and making body art masterpieces Freelance while I instruct at my own yoga studio. Shoot for the stars!!!
6-Can you give us any hints regarding your body painting work for the 2017 Art World Expo Body Painting Competition? 
As life and the universe connects us all and the wonders of the world, so does my beautiful expecting muse.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2017

Schedule of Events – May 12, 2017

 7:30pm DOORS OPEN

 8:00-8:15PM Guest Speaker Graham Baldwin,

CEO Westside School of Vancouver

 8:30PM DISKORDANCE by XBA DANCE CO.

 9:00PM FASHION SHOW-WEST COAST HATTERS

10:00PM SILENT AUCTION CLOSE

10:15PM LIVE AUCTION

10:30PM 2017 ART WORLD EXPO BODY PAINTING COMPETITION

11:45PM LAST CALL BAR

See you all tonight for an amazing 7th anniversary event at Science World!

Must be 19+ to enter.

Interview with Mary Kay Representative Claudia Cruz

by Monika Blichar

Well, there are two reasons we love that Claudia is in our event this year! One is that we have a lot of make up artists involved in our event each and every year and Claudia is part of a huge business selling and promoting make up products. The second is that Mary Kay facilitates an income for make up artists. We love to support local business owners, but also help them become successful while participating in our shows. I met Claudia over the holidays in 2016. I encouraged her to participate in another fair that I was volunteering for and thought that she should be at the Expo to come share the other side of make up with guests this year!

 

1-When did you decide to become a Mary Kay representative?
I became a Mary Kay Consultant in 2014 and became a Director December 2016.
2-What fascinates you about make up and skin care products?
I love empowering women. I believe in women power with or without make up or skin care, but unfortunately we are our biggest critics. Sometimes our self esteem has to do with how we look not how others see us. It can be that we have acne, dull skin, sun damage or luck of knowledge on how to care for our skin. I have met with women that have literally had tears rolling down their cheeks after doing a guided facial with me as you can see the difference right away. Those are the moments that fill my heart. I know that it sounds drastic but I know I am changing women’s lives.  They continue to use our skin care products without having to deal with their beauty/skin care problems ever again. You see, as women we can face any problems, issues and obstacles no problem, all as long as we are content with ourselves. If  we are not satisfied with ourselves, we don’t function to our full potential. A woman is worth everything but a woman with confidence is just priceless and unstoppable.
3-Where do you see yourself and your business in 5 years?
I am currently on a mission of recruiting women who are willing to work towards their dreams. I need women of all ages, sizes, colour, ethnicity to join my team. I will work with them and guide them through the process all as long as they willing to work. This business is about you writing your own pay check, you decide how much you want to earn and work for it. In 5 years I see myself with a strong team of a minimum of 25 ladies who will be in a place they can’t even imagine right now!
4-Will you have any specials or promotions for guests of Art World Expo this year?
Yes, I will have a draw for a Satin hands set, (value of $57) and Every entry whether you win or not will get a Complimentary guided facial.
Mary Kay offers a wide variety of customizable skin care products for men, women and teens. We have 5 lines of skin care solutions for anti-aging, sensitive skin and acne, as well as a line of colour cosmetics.
Our products are 100% guaranteed and have thousands of hours of research and testing in each one. A leader in ethical skin care in North America, Mary Kay does not cause or conduct animal testing, so you can feel good about the products you love.
In addition, many of our products have been independently tested and have received the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.
Mary Kay employs over 3.5 million consultants in 35 markets, representing one of largest female workforce in the world.
Mary Kay has been the official beauty sponsor of Project Runway, the Country Music Awards and regularly supports the local Adopt a Grandparent program.
Through our Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation, we have donated almost $2 million to women’s shelters and programs addressing domestic abuse and helped thousands of women going through cancer treatment.
Mary Kay consultants are independent and each purchase supports a local entrepreneur.

Your Independent Mary Kay Sales Director

Claudia Cruz

778 862-1663

Contact me to request your complimentary guided facial which includes a microdermabrasion treatment. I guarantee you will get healthier looking ski instantly.

Learn how to care for your skin, prevent or get rid of any aging signs, sun spots, black heads, acne and so much more!

www.marykay.ca/claudiacruz

Didn’t get a chance to register as an exhibitor or vendor? Early Bird 2018 is now available!

Don’t miss out on being a part of a TEAM full of passionate, independent and motivated arts professionals who strive not only to show and sell excellent work, but who also wish to inspire the world!

Are you a painter? Body Painter or business that promotes artistry, wellness, foods, or adventures? Do you have a wine or beer that is created with unsurpassed quality and pride? All kinds of vendors are welcome in our event! Artists, businesses, foodies and more!

Register today for your EARLY BIRD ENTRY in the 2018 installment of Art World Expo 2018! Hurry, early bird registration and fees are limited to our deadline of May 30, 2017!

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Interview with Annsabelle Recitas Ramas

by Monika Blichar
This week, I catch up with Annsabelle Recitas Ramas. I always love to meet new artists and Annsabelle intrigues me not only because she is an interesting painter, but also because she brings to her work a passion and cultural background in which you can get lost. Her work is a sort of hidden gem in a vast sea and when you take time to look and appreciate it, the sea; with all its waves and motion, becomes still.
1-What inspires you in your art?

I call my collection of work inspiration for all.
Creativity comes from deep in our soul.
We all want to find purpose in life. Sometimes heavy thoughts are colours in my dreams. My greatest art is inspired at the latest hours of the day when my mind’s eye turns my hand into strokes of chaos. Yesterday’s paint strokes are sometimes dark, but I see bright colors through the shadows of my pain.

2-How did you start making art?
I began painting at a young age, but I stopped. I have always loved art. Art is my life. Recently, during a difficult period of my life, I started painting again. I used painting as an outlet for my emotions. I come alive through the spirits in my paintings. I’m loving painting and feeling alive again.

3-What have been some of your favourite pieces so far?
My favourite pieces are The Hidden Pain, The Waterfalls, Calgary Life, Storm in the Afternoon, Chaos 1, and Out of my Mind

4-You make a lot of abstract work. What do you feel makes a good abstract painting?

I create art with my heart and soul. I feel that, to make a good abstract paintings, people should be able to relate and react to it. The piece should speak to people and move them, emotionally. It should give them strength, allow them to explore their imagination, and create harmony and rhythm in their homes. I strive to create modern and exciting abstract art that inspires people.

5-Where do you want to see your business in five years?
I will be promoting my art and expanding in the Vancouver area. I dream of doing some international shows in New York City, Los Angeles, Arizona, Dubai, and my native Philippines.

6-Will you have any special offers for AWE 2017 guests?

Yes, we will have limited edition paintings, posters, and postcards on special prices for guests. We will also have a raffle prize draw for one of my limited edition prints, and one of my favourite paintings, “The Hidden Pain,” (pictured in this article) will be available in the AWE 2017 Silent Auction. Visit and chat with me at my display area!

Biography – Annsabelle

Annsabelle “Ann-ann” Ramas (b. Annsabelle Recitas Ramas on March 7, 1980) Is a Filipino-Canadian Abstract Artist. Her provocative, imaginative works recently landed her a feature in the prestigious lifestyle magazine, Jet Set.

Annsabelle’s art is rooted in her love of the splendours and senses of her land, the Philippines, and her struggles with – and courage to forge ahead from – personal experiences of heartache and pain. Her free strokes feature rich, colourful depth and unmistakable gravitas. Annsabelle is most in her element – brush in hand – painting her intricate feelings on a blank canvas.

Her collection of work is called Inspiration For All.  Believing that creativity comes from places deep in our soul, she hopes her art will help others find purpose and meaning in their life.

If the mundane doesn’t make sense to you, perhaps Annsabelle’s divine strokes of thoughts and dreams may speak to your soul.

Annsabelle’s greatest art is inspired at the latest hours of the day when her mind’s eye turns her hand into strokes of chaos. Yesterday’s paint strokes of dark days past are making way for bright future horizons.

To see more from Annsabelle, please visit her website http://annsabelle.com/ 

Interview with MJ Patterson-West Coast Hatters

by Monika Blichar

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1-When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

I never knew I wanted to be a designer, I always thought I wasn’t very creative until the passion for millinery entered my life. When I came to Vancouver from the UK eight years ago I started working for the hat store on Granville Island and felt shy selling hats as it was my first retail job. So I started cleaning and repairing hats as a way to keep in the background and fell in love with classic men’s hats, they are definitely my biggest passion. The lines, shapes and history sparked my interest and I undertook a short course to learn how to block hats traditionally.

2-What inspired you to become a hat designer?

After the millinery intro course I started looking at different styles and moved into free form hat making, this is more organic than blocking because its just me manipulating the felt or straw to create shapes, it’s like there is a hat inside the material waiting to come out. From here I started doing custom work and mixing free hand and traditional blocking techniques, I always custom free hand the crowns of the men’s hats I make. I also restore hats for people who have a well loved piece that needs cleaning and fixing up, I like the thought that I’m keeping a piece of history alive. I enjoy experimenting with new materials and pushing the boundaries of what is traditionally made using them. The feeling of completing a free-form crown that could never be made on a traditional block or draping fabrics to create organic headpieces that no-one else is making, that’s when I feel the buzz of actually creating something new. As an artisinal craft, millinery is little known and I love the idea that I am keeping a tradition alive.

3-What is your favourite material to work with?

Most definitely Abaca silk as its amazing to sculpt with, it’s a blend of silk and abaca fibre, which is banana palm fibre, you’ll see some pieces in my show.  I enjoy all of the mediums I work with and I like to try out new things (I knitted a top hat out of copper wire for a show a couple of years ago, I remember someone saying you couldn’t so I decided I would go ahead and give it a go!)

4-You have done quite a few shows and made hats and fascinators for events and galas. What would you tell an up and coming designer about the fashion industry and how to get noticed?

This is still quite new for me and I’m still working on trying to make people take notice, there’s always a lot of people who want something for nothing so you need to filter out what you want your business stance to be. Always wear a piece of your own work, I’m always wearing one of my hats, actually my husband is generally wearing one too! Its a hard industry to be noticed in, small designers generally don’t have a huge budget for marketing and events so it really is about getting out and being seen putting yourself out there. And don’t give up, your passion should always drive you, eventually if you shout loud enough people will hear.

5-Where do you see yourself in 5 years.

I want to have a store/ design studio in which people can have a hat made while they wait, it will also be a space to teach more people the craft. Eventually I want to have my hats sold all over Canada and America and have a reputation for excellence and innovation. I want to do more shows and become known as a Vancouver hat maker that makes amazing men’s hats and cool fascinators for hat connoisseurs.

6-This year, you are doing a hat show at the annual Art World Expo and you have been making pieces especially for this event. Can you describe a little of what guests can expect this year?

Expect to see a mixture of traditional pieces and free form sculptural head wear, some bold statement pieces and some more classic hats. You’ll have wait to see what the material wants to be.

About MJ

MJ immigrated from England nearly 8 years ago and found herself working in a hat store on Granville Island. She had no idea how to sell, so started watching how hats were cleaned and repaired. She caught the bug and started to research the whole process at home learning traditional techniques. She started making hats about 5 years ago again using traditional techniques. Her business has grown from there! She now has a studio on Commercial Drive and makes custom hats on original wooden blocks and also repairs vintage hats. She feels lucky enough to be one of those people who love their jobs! Visit her Facebook or Website