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Final Call for our Art World Expo Christmas Fair Vendors! 

Are you an artisan or independent rep looking for a holiday event to participate in this year? Look no further and join our exciting Christmas Fair this year! 


We have a limited number of tables left for vendors at our Christmas Fair on December 16! Submit your registration today here: https://theartworldexpo.com/exhibitor-information/ Questions? Call Monika Blichar 6049996177 

We love to small businesses and Artisans and our Christmas Fair will be no exception to sharing the love for all things unique and local this December! 


Thank you to Two of Hearts boutique in Kits for donating $5-$25 gift cards to spend in store! Lots of raffle prizes every 30 minutes! 

Preview products, join the convo and connect with participants on our Official Facebook Event Page

When you attend this COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY EVENT, you’ll find: 
-Over 50 vendor tables including art, jewellery, fashion, hand knit goods, make up, skin care, chocolate, baked goods, kids accessories, essential oils, dog accessories, home decor, and health and wellness products and services and much more! Everything you need in one venue to complete your holiday shopping and networking! Ask our vendors about collaborations, participating in your events or if you’re a gallery or boutique owner, come browse to see if you could work with one of our Artisans in 2018! 


-Fashion Shows by John Pfaff, Carolyn Bruce Steampunk Jewellery, and West Coast Hatters on models provided by award winning female body builder fitness models from Team Fitness! Yes! Exciting! 


-Cheeses Crust Food Truck-Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Drinks! Really good sandwiches! 


-Raffles every 30 minutes-Prizes from local vendors and of course, many of our sponsors from Art World Expo! Tickets sold on site! 

-First 100 people through the doors receive a complimentary goody bag! No purchase necessary! Just be one of the first 100 people at 11:00am sharp! 

-Face Painting for kids and adults by award winning body painter and visual artist Francoise Boise ($10/person) She’s amazing! Don’t worry, she will do Holiday themed paints too! 


-Silent Auction Benefiting Make and Break Arts Foundation-all proceeds support independent Artisans and Arts Programs and Exhibitions in BC. It’s a win win! (Huge line up of awesome stuff to bid on-great for holiday gift ideas and of course-gifts for ourselves!) 

-Arts & Crafts Station for Kids-leave them at the craft station and go shop and mingle! We have you covered! 

-Finally, when you’re all done, take a photo at our photo booth with visitors from the North Pole! Capture a memory and celebrate Christmas 2017 with us! 

Current vendors: 

Monika Blichar

Art by Edy

Carolyn Bruce Designs – Steampunk Jewelry**FASHION SHOW**

West Coast Hatters**FASHION SHOW**

John Pfaff Art & Fashion**FASHION SHOW**

Fashion Show models sponsored by Team Fitness-Award Winning Female Body Builders from BC! 

LumberJax Custom Wooden Jewelry 

Karolyn’s Tupperware

Inner Harmonious Peace

Kathline Essential Oils Accessories

Jennifer Haase, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant

SPOIL YOURSELF, Cristina De Vellis

Jessica’s Homemade Alfajores-Baked Goods

Fifth Avenue Collection by Pardeep

Younique, Amanda Cherewick

The Sweet Doodle

Whisk Premium Matcha

Copper Paw Designs

Coastal Storm Gallery

Dagmar Doubkova Herbal Life

Bodacious Butterflies

Scentsy Kristi Weaver

SweetLegs Vancouver with Julia

Love Eco Jewels

Spain Gourmet Canada

Radiant Life Hoops & Styles 

Petite Hippo

Earth Meets Spirit

Boise Art Works-Face Painting for Kids On Site $10/each

Deanna ArtFORMS

Diamond Movement

Andrea Renée Blackett MONAT

Diva’s Niche

All Day Shine by Julie SeneGence Independent Distributor # 384814

Crafts By Julia

Bryce Musil Azrael’s Forge Gems and Fine Jewelry

Taylore Mcmanne Jewellery
 

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Museum Quality Prints of Joan Reese’s Art Are Available!

Joan Reese is a popular New York City artist. Ms. Reese’s style is organic in nature while using shapes and tones to capture the essence of movement. They are very fluid. The colors look as if they bounce off one another and create a continual vibration through the image. She has been creating art 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.
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2017 Holiday Artisan Catalog has arrived!

Christmas is an important time for all of us at Art World Expo and MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery. We love to share the magic of the holiday season with our guests and visitors in many different ways including special events like our Art World Expo Christmas Fair and our MAB Holiday Shopping & VIP Event. Every year, we are also fortunate to put together a wonderful holiday catalog that features artisan and designers in British Columbia. Our goal when creating it is to source unique works to feature as well as help artisans in BC sell their work and thrive as independent artisans.

We have created a video that showcases all of the artisan products this year and also a full catalog which is now available online.

Our deadlines for ordering are November 15 for November 20 pick up and December 15 for December 15 pick up. Shipping worldwide is available. Please contact us at 604 999 6177 if you would like to place your order by phone or you have questions about shipping!

4th Annual Christmas Market by Valley Markets

”Tis the season to get jolly! We are excited to start the holiday market season! Join us this weekend in Chilliwack where we will be featuring the works of several AWE artists that are represented in our boutique gallery. We will have art, jewellery, greeting cards, accessories and home decor available to start your holiday shopping! Be sure to shop local and support independent artisans and business owners this year and join us at this two day fair where Monik Blichar will be offering free face painting for the kids too! 

Over 100 vendors, food truck, door prizes and more! View the event page HERE

Irena Orlov


Irena Orlov, innovative, contemporary fine artist, architect, designer, illustrator, photographer is known for creating captivating works which are full of energy.

Extraordinary versatile in her mediums, Irena could never imagine life without art. She is an artist whose path in the fine arts has led her to a unique expression of mood and color. The combination of antique and a very clean, crisp modern design sense creates a highly prized, individual art style. Her images begin spontaneously and give expression to personal creativity and insight. Each piece is unique in design. Irena often prefers to think of herself as a craftsman, constructing, or interpreting imagery and messages from her conscious and subconscious mind.

“I’ve been drawn by the magical beauty behind fine arts and design since childhood. Having a successful carrier in architecture and design for quite a long time, I began to deal with fine art.

I began to look for new ways to express my emotions and feelings. The process of creating art gave me what I wanted – endless ways of expressing myself.

During the creating process, I don’t limit myself to a specific style or medium therefore my art is mostly represents mixed media. My creating process is based on my emotions and my mood. I’m very spontaneous. Today I might use photography to convey my feelings…tomorrow I might paint to express myself. My work is infused with spirit and energy I felt at the moment I created it. It encourages viewers to interpret it their own way. My art evokes different feelings in the audience depending on their individual experiences and memories.”

STATEMENT

Irena has lived in Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Canada, and now lives and works in Los Angeles.

I was and continue to be inspired by the beauty of the world around me and can spent hours to explore it. The rapid world at which is everything changed so fast, I discovered that I will never live in quite the same world. Life unfolds only in moments. Capturing moments that are full of emotion is the key to my art.

Visit Irena’s Website for more info. 

Join us at the 17th Annual West Coast Women’s Show this Weekend!

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR-TRADESHOW & MARKET SEASON!
Art World Expo is pleased to be returning to the West Coast Women’s Show again this year for the third consecutive year!
 
Come visit us at BOOTH 516! 
This year, we are featuring 7 artisans and designers including:
Monika Blichar
Carolyn Bruce Designs & Steampunk Jewellery
The Pirate & The Gypsy
Lumberjax Custom Wooden Jewellery
Deanna Fligg
Cynthia Fligg
West Coast Hatters
This year, MONIKA BLICHAR is a SPOTLIGHT STAGE SPEAKER!
ART WITH MONIKA – YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE IT!
Monika Blichar
Art World Expo &  MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery
Get hands on and create a work of art
with a professional artist and entrepreneur!
Complimentary art class for guests!
Stage times:
Friday, October 20
1:45PM
Saturday, October 21
1:45PM
Sunday, October 22
3:45pm
PRE-SHOW COLLECTOR SPECIAL!

VIP Special for West Coast Women’s Show 

Includes:
-2 Painting Party Seats to the next Dia De Los Muertos paint party in studio ($55/value per person) on October 23 or in 2017 in studio from 6-8pm with all materials included.
-3 Greeting Cards by Monika Blichar-French Collection ($12/Value)
-One Lumberjax Pendant ($25/Value)
-One Carolyn Bruce Tea Infuser ($16/Value)
-One Pair of Honey Bee Earrings by Deanna Fligg ($25/Value)
-One $25 Gift Card for Pirate and The Gypsy
-One $25 Gift Card for West Coast Hatters
-One $25 Gift Card for Cynthia Fligg Designs
-Two Tickets to the 8th Annual Art World Expo ($50/value)
Value is: $321 
Pre-Show Collector Special Price $209.00 
 
Pick up in studio! As a thank you, we will also offer a painted pumpkin for your home or office just in time for Halloween! 
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Offer Expires 10/22/2017

Ryan McGee-Weird Art & Lowbrow Charm

by Monika Blichar

I have long admired artists who push boundaries and when selecting artists to participate in our events, I always strive to reach artists who are different, fresh and new in their work. When I came across Ryan McGee’s work, I noticed something ‘je ne sais’ quoi about it. It’s dark but delightful. It’s strange and sublime. He examines life through a distorted lens. I loved it the moment I saw it and knew that we had to feature him in our Toronto event on November 17. I caught up with Ryan to ask him about his art. Enjoy!

 

1-When did you start making art?

I can’t pin point exactly when I started making art, for me it was something that just had to happen, I always had a need to express myself visually. When I was younger this took the form of drawing on walls and filling up sketchbooks with crude doodles. It wasn’t until my time in College that I started to really to think critically about what my art was, and what I wanted to put out into the world.

2-What inspires you to create?

I have always had a very strong interest in the weird, and this fuels me in everything I create. I pull from everything that strikes a cord with me on a personal level, and things that capture the underground culture I love. I often find myself collecting outdated horror and sci-fi comics, saving images of early surfer, and hot rod culture, and tuning in to a new band that connect with me. All of these elements get archived in somewhat of a nexus of inspiration for me to draw from.


3-How do you think art can change society?

I believe that art is extensive, and reaches just about everyone through various outlets. In my case I always wanted to create art but I never truly felt comfortable in the fine art culture, so I sought out sub art groups to get into. I think that’s the truly amazing thing about art is that there really is something out there for everyone to connect with. There will always be a steady flow of talented people who want to create, and express themselves. As long as art continues to have various outlets for these people to grow creatively then there will always be potential to change society by pushing new ideas, and concepts through their works.

4-Do you try to convey messages through your illustrations?

There is a certain charm I believe in lowbrow art, and this is something a try and capture in my pieces. I like to play with the imagination of the viewer through my strange, and sometimes-goofy pieces, I think this connects with the onlooker reminding them that art can fun. If my work has any type of message I would say it’s for people to take a step back, and not take themselves so seriously.


5-Where do you see yourself in your art business in the next five years?

I would love to have really established myself at least within the Toronto art community in the coming years. My dream would be to sustain myself entirely on my art, and that is something that I am really working on accomplishing. I think it is important especially for artists to set goals set for themselves and their art, and to always be striving to grow creatively, and professionally.

6-What kinds of works will you have for sale at Art World Toronto? Will you be offering attendees any show specials?

I will have a variety of pieces available for sale at Art World Toronto from patches to stickers to prints. In terms of special offers I really value meeting, and networking with new people at these events. Chances are if you come and say hi you’ll end up with a discount on some pieces, or maybe some stickers for free.

To order tickets to the Toronto Art World Expo, please visit This Link

October-Keep the Magic Alive!

Hello October! 
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Halloween at the PNE! Fright Nights! 

When we were young, my mom always made sure that we had cool costumes for special events. Early on when we first came to Canada, she sewed for a living and when school plays or music festivals came around, she used to spend time making us costumes for dress up days. I remember we would ask her to make us all sorts of things and she would stay up all night in the games room downstairs in our house in Red Deer and make them for us. Sometimes, she wouldn’t sleep just to get our outfits done! I remember going to “Fright Nights” at the Red Deer Mall every year and all of us would have home made costumes each year.
Today, I remember how fun it was when we were kids and we believed that we could do anything, be anything and really make magic happen. In my work, I take this wonder and imagination and love to bring it to my studio so that others can feel the same glimmers of magic-especially children.
This month, I invite you and your families to join in our festivities and experience some of the magic of the season! We are hosting several events and participating in trade shows where you can get your face painted, make a Halloween themed art activity or get spooked at our 5th Annual Monstars and Beasts Haunted House. If you would like to help make magic happen for others in the community, please get in touch as we are looking for volunteers to help with our Pumpkin Sale, Haunted House and set decor!
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Monstars & Beasts Actor and guest in 2013!
Have a creative month everyone! Make it SPOOK-tacular!
Sincerely,
Monika Blichar, B.A. & B.C.C.T., UVIC
October Studio Events and News:

MAB ART STUDIO & BOUTIQUE GALLERY-1335 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver, BC 

NEW ARRIVALS: GEORGIA BELLE SKIN CARE AND LUMBERJAX CUSTOM WOOD JEWELLERY! OVER 15 LOCAL ARTISANS INSIDE! START YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING NOW!

OCTOBER 14-DIWALI FESTIVAL-ROUNDHOUSE, YALETOWN

MONIKA BLICHAR SPEAKING AND GIVING FREE WORKSHOP!

OCTOBER 20-22-WEST COAST WOMEN’S SHOW

ABBOTSFORD TRADEX-MONIKA BLICHAR IS SPEAKING ON STAGE THREE TIMES AND WE WILL HAVE A BOOTH WITH SHOW SPECIALS AND 7 ARTISTS REPRESENTED! COME CHECK IT OUT!

OCTOBER 27, 28 & 31-MONSTARS & BEASTS HAUNTED HOUSE

FRIDAY OCTOBER 27-ADULTS ONLY

SATUDAY OCTOBER 28 AND TUESDAY OCTOBER 31-ALL AGES

GOODY BAG, HOT CHOCOLATE, PHOTOBOOTH, ART ACTIVITY, FACE PAINTING AND LIVE MONSTARS AND BEASTS!

TICKETS: $20/CHILDREN $25/ADULTS

PROCEEDS SUPPORT MAKE AND BREAK ARTS FOUNDATION

OCTOBER STUDIO HOURS

We invite you to check out our boutique with new artisan works arriving each month! Start your holiday shopping and let us help you find one of a kind items made by local artists! If you would like to volunteer to help us with the Haunted House, please email artists@theartworldexpo.com today!

Painting Classes, Local Art & Unique Gift Ideas

THURSDAYS 4-930PM *** FRIDAYS 11-4PM ***SATURDAYS 11-4PM

OR BY APPOINTMENT CALL 604 999 6177 

SHOP ONLINE: WWW.MABARTSTUDIO.COM/STORE