Author: monikablichar

Monika Anna Blichar was born in Latina, Italy in July, 1982. After immigrating to Canada in the early 1980’s, the family lived in Red Deer, where they bore a second daughter, and then moved west to B.C. in 1996. Monika has completed a B.A. in English and French from the University of Victoria and has also obtained a teaching credential with the B.C. College of Teachers. Primarily self taught, she has also studied art at Camosun College where she learnt various techniques and strategies in creating contemporary pieces. She continues to pursue creative projects and is exploring various professional opportunities in the arts which include body painting and events coordination. Her interests include the Humanities, writing, traveling, and being outdoors. Art has played a significant part of Monika’s life and continues to be an expression of her flowing imagination, appreciation for beauty, and a reflection of seeing beyond the obvious. Monika is currently living and working in Vancouver, B.C. She is the owner of MAB Ventures Inc., An Arts & Entertainment Agency, and is President of Make and Break Arts Foundation. Her notable projects and initiatives include founding Art World Expo, Diamond Dolls Women's Networking Group, MAB Arts Studio & Boutique Gallery and THE FAB Art Program.

Fred Bugs

Fred Bugs often called F.B. Infante or simply F.B. is an Italian abstract artist best known in the US for his spontaneous figurative drawings, he is a synonym of attention to every visual representation. Fred Bugs’ works are a mix of abstract art with childlike and primitive emotions. Fred Bugs, as the name is interesting is also derived from Federico Cabras, a fascinating individual artist. He was born in 1997 in the Sardinian village of Bosa, which has 8,000 residents and is located in the province of Oristano, As Fred says, art has been a massive part of his life ever since he started making drawings in his school. He did so partly due to boredom and because he wasn’t much of an extroverted person with an edgy character.

Fred Bugs’ works from the first decade of the 2000s to the current day are all characterized by continuous experimentation, imagination, and innovation. Throughout the years, Fred Bugs has also created many works, mainly on paper and cardboard, using pastels or mixed media. During this period his works became very popular, especially the series of Buffo drawings. Seeing Fred’s work, one can easily recognize that these are his.  His artistic creations show a vision made up of figures which seem to come out from an unknown place and also the ones that tell contradictions and emotionality of the society. His choice of colors and the way he uses the color red in light or the darker shades of yellow, green, and black and having an addition of light or dark blue shows you when you are looking at his craft: (he often represents abstract birds and dragons in colorful geometric places or landscapes).

When you look at Fred’s work, you can immediately tell that it is his creation. He has a particular style and expression that sets his work apart from others. His artistic creation shows a consistent vision in paintings that seem to come from an unknown place and also conveys the contradictions and emotions of society, especially the famous little dragons that move in different scenarios. The work of Fred Bugs also stands out for the choice of color palette and the artist’s ability to give emotion to the faces he creates makes it even fresher natural and special. Fred Bugs has participated in several exhibitions and became known at an international exhibition in Venice, where his work “Don’t judge me” was shown. He has also worked to make his works, including mixed media drawings, available to the public. The artist has always been a great follower of abstract figurative art from the second half of the 19th century to today. His unorthodox works and style are significantly more well-liked by the worldwide public than by his local Italian audience, and the European collecting public greatly values him. But still, he is very much appreciated in his homeland. He keeps on giving importance to some values like knowledge against the banality or a lack of artistic and human personality and emotion.

There have been many occasions when his art has attracted a large audience. His abstract work brings together geometric art, surrealism, and infantile primitivism, the author does not follow what is fashionable in art he has always kept his style and his spontaneous figures; He has been drawing for ten years, making his work recognizable on all platforms. He never stopped creating since he realized it would be difficult for others to recognize him through his art because he came from a small far-off village.

Since 2021, the artist has been engaged together with other European figurative artists in the promotion and distribution of figurative art in the form of posters and stickers ready to be exhibited in museums and important European city districts. Recently he will also be creating Non-Fungible (NFT) artworks (special editions) for various online galleries in the near future.

Stay Motivated-New Year, New Podcast with Monika

A few tips from Monika on how to kick off the new year! Monika shares three tips on how to get motivated with three tools you can use to strategize, plan and achieve success as a creative entrepreneur this year. This podcast episode is sponsored by Sandra Flora Design. Check her out for your home design needs at:

Listen to the full episode on Spotify here:

The Art World Podcast-Magda Major Mox Foods

CHeck out our latest episode of The Art World Podcast with Magda Major from Mox Foods!

I interview Magda Major from Mox Foods, Mox Ice Cream and Mox Group. A multi-talented entrepreneur, Magda shares her wisdom and her expertise in everything from product creation, scaling her business, and how to be flexible while being outside the box in business from her perspective as a business consultant in the food industry.

This episode is full of amazing wisdom and practical content that any creative entrepreneur can apply in their business!

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I hope you enjoy!



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A Feather and a Stone at Art World Expo

Welcome to our art family A Feather and a Stone. We are so looking forward to you being part of both our Christmas and Spring shows in Vancouver this year!

Let’s give Sheena some love everyone!

Growing up on Vancouver Island, Sheena Francis Olito has always found inspiration in the beautiful west coast rainforest. The ocean, rivers, and grand forests provide a calming and relaxing atmosphere for creative inspiration. As a First Nations artist, it is no surprise that her designs use natural elements like sterling silver, amethyst, moonstone, and turquoise.

Sheena had always known she wanted to be an entrepreneur. After high school she obtained a Business Diploma with Entrepreneurial focus and set out into the world. After meeting renowned artist Clarence Mills she rediscovered her love of making jewellery and enrolled in a Metal Jewellery Design program at the local college.

Today you can find her creating in her studio on the unceded territory of the Quw’utsun people. As she continues to expand her skills designing jewellery, you can view her evolving journey on IG @afeatherandastone

Sheena is of Southern Tutchone and Scottish descent. She belongs to the Kwanlin Dun First Nations in Whitehorse, YT. Having recently connected with her mothers biological family, she has discovered she comes from a long line of matriarchs belonging to the Wolf clan. She is eager to learn more about the culture and traditional teachings of her ancestors.


“To help people seeking motivation to fight eating disorders, such as those leading to obesity”

In this difficult historical period, in which society is burdened by war, economic crises, and climate change, psychological discomforts have greatly increased. Moreover, the situation has been aggravated in the last few years by the COVID pandemic and the harsh rules put into action to fight the spread of the virus: society seemed to be so focused on the emergency situation that it ended up building around it a model of living based on the new rules and encouraging a constant narrative of what is happening.

Among these restrictions, social isolation and the inability to engage in physical activities have worsened the situation of many people suffering from eating disorders, obesity in particular. Of course, the best choice to deal with all these problems is turning to medical or psychological specialists, but sometimes people are not motivated enough to contact them. That’s when different groups independently started to think that art could be the right tool to make a positive change in society.

Let us try to explain this hypothesis, formulated by several groups independently, in a clear and organic way:

– The goal of the project “ONLY ART WILL SAVE THE WORLD” is making art known and valued in today’s difficult society, and to spread it as a tool for healing the rift between many people’s inner world and the outer reality. 

– The project “ONLY ART WILL SAVE THE WORLD” also recognizes painting and sculpture as a branch of the Hermeneutic Philosophy. This means that art is recognized as having the ability to reveal ourselves and the world around us, according to the interpreatation of the modern hermeneutic current by the philosopher Heidegger.

Dr. Matteo Bertelli also remarks that “the order of the external world, created by Renaissance architects and sculptors in Italy, is reflected in the internal world of the individuals, leading to their well-being.”

Dr. Bertelli believes that Italy is one of the best places to live, both because of the Mediterranean diet and because it is the homeland of Renaissance-era architects, who captured perfect proportions and designs that led to the construction of the capital cities, where most people live even today.

MAGISNAT is driven by the idea of science meeting art for collective welfare. In conclusion, art and the Mediterranean diet, as well as science and research, can powerfully merge together to lead people around the world to better health.

Artists and associations who would like to contribute to the realization of this project – the idea is to organize exhibitions and lectures on the topic of the effect of art on our well-being – can email Dr. Bertelli at

Art World Expo is BACK!

We are thrilled to announce that after a long few years, our events are back! Our Vancouver events are booked and we are working on our Victoria, BC and Edmonton, Alberta event date confirmations. We are looking forward to seeing you all again!

If you would like to participate as a vendor, please visit:

We have booked our annual Christmas Fair for December 2 and 3 at the Polish Friendship Society in Vancouver and our 10th anniversary event at the Pipe Shop at the Lonsdale Quay for March 31, April 1 and 2, 2023.

Sponsorship and advertising packages will be available soon.

See you there!