Art World Expo Interviews Her Healing Guidance: Melanie Sereda

Tell us about who you are and what you do? What’s your company name, when did you start, what are you main services and goals as a business owner? 
My name is Melanie Sereda and I am the owner and founder of H.E.R. Healing Guidance. Spiritual Healing is the core focus of my business. I assist others in their personal healing journey through many different modalities. I connect to spirit to ascertain the right modality for each individual, if the client is unsure of which one they need in the moment. I am a Reiki Master, Soul Coach, Psychic Intuitive and have mediumship abilities. As a Spiritual Healer, my goal is to always provide information for the clients highest and best good. I do not allow for negative energies to come through as they are not relevant for the healing process. Even though some information may be taken as negative, it is not intended as such and can be used in a positive light to allow for beautiful healing outcomes. All my services are available through distance (video chat, zoom, phone calls, and even email) because energy does not know time and space. The energy felt between two people in the same room can be felt at the same intensity across the country or even the globe, if the person receiving is open to it.
Art World Expo’s 10th Anniversary is postponed this year due to the COVID19 global crisis. What do you normally offer when you are at a trade-show and how have you pivoted your services during this time of social isolation? 
I offer mini sessions at trade-shows and markets for those who may like smaller readings, more specific guidance or simply get a small taste of the work I do. For example, I can offer Soul Connection Readings – I connect my soul to yours and they offer a visual description of how your soul is feeling right in the moment. As I describe the image I am given, spirit offers guidance or information for a deeper connection that the person can take how they choose and sit with it. I also offer 3-Card Oracle card readings. Whether you have a specific question or simply wish to have general life guidance, I pull 3 cards from a given deck and read them as they lay. Another option is an Aura reading, where I connect to your energy and see the colours of your current Aura. As our auras change, colours have different meanings for different people and the certain colours may also have different meanings within yourself at different times of your life.
Have you introduced new products or services during this time? 
I am currently adding Guided Writing Readings to my offerings right now. In this, I connect to the client’s spirit team, angels and loved ones in spirit to allow them to speak through me. Once connected, I sit with pen and paper and allow them to put their thoughts to paper. Once they are finished, I either transpose the information or simply take pictures of the writings and send them to the person requesting it. Because it is not me, specifically, who is writing the guidance, the handwriting is different and can be almost illegible.
What have you learned about yourself as an entrepreneur during this time of social isolation? 
As a spiritual healer and entrepreneur I have learned that I still have a lot of healing left to do! And I have been taking the time to ensure I complete it! It has been a lot of work, but so worth it in the end. I’m feeling deeper connected to spirit, cleaner, lighter, and so ready to continue helping others. I’ve also learned to trust even more than I used to. My faith in spirit has never failed me and it has continued to shine despite the hardships. As an entrepreneur, I’ve realized how much time I’ve been taking away from the simple things in life. Owning your own business is a lot of work. And I’ve had to make sure I keep putting in the time to continue my growth as a business and as an individual.
If you could give other creative entrepreneurs a tip right now, what would you tell them? 
Be sure to find balance! Chaos is created when your equilibrium is off. Understanding how to get the most of your productivity while still finding time for fun will allow your business to continue to grow at the same time as you gain personal growth.
To learn more about Her Healing Guidance, visit https://her-healing-guidance.square.site/ or Instagram and Facebook with the handle @HER.Healing.Guidance

Art World Expo-10 Years of Creativity!


Art World Expo 2020
April 3-5, 2020
Get your tickets now!
Limited vendor spots remain!
Visit our website for more information!


Sponsor Alert!
Jack Lonsdales Pub!
Welcome to our sponsor at Jack Lonsdales! A cool pub on Lonsdale Avenue, we are excited to have them support our event this year!
Visit their website here to make a reservation. Did you know that they have 2 for 1 Sunday brunch? Yum!
Miss Art World…will she surprise us with a visit to our show?
Rumor has it that Miss Art World has our event penciled in! Originally from Los Angeles, she is a force in the Art World!
Unique Works You Can’t Find anywhere else!
The Art World Expo continues to be a leader in showcasing unique and out of the ordinary art work. Tammy Ham will be with us for the weekend showing and selling her upcycled art projects all weekend!
Fashion Shows!
We are gearing up for 3 fashion shows this year with 4 different designers at our 10th annual event! Fashion shows will take place on the Friday night at the Opening Gala! Current Designers include:
Monika Blichar
Carolyn Bruce Designs
Tammi Anne Barker
Ziicka the Wildrose
Live and Silent Auctions
We are gearing up for an amazing live and silent auction too! We have so many great donations coming in already! Be sure to come prepared to bid on unique art, jewellery, prizes from local businesses, vacation-stays and much more! All funds raised help support the production of our event in Vancouver, Victoria and Edmonton in 2020!

See you at the show! Tickets are on sale now!


A Brand New Decade-How to Be Creative in 2020

A Brand New Decade-How to Be Creative in 2020
A brand new year is here and once again, many of us out there feel filled with possibility, dreams and lots of goals for a brand new year but also a new decade! Are you someone who loves a brand new year? I sure am and I am so excited for all that 2020 will bring! This year is extra special because I am celebrating 10 YEARS IN BUSINESS!
The last 10 years have brought many amazing experiences, projects and connections with our community and I am beyond grateful for every minute! (Even all the hard stuff!) This year, we are planning to start our next decade with excitement, celebrations and of course, lots of creativity! I hope you will join in the fun!
As we head into 2020, I often use January as a month to plan and refocus on what I really want from the year ahead. Do you do that too or do you just wing it? Whatever your strategy is, studies on an ongoing basis show that CREATIVITY IS IMPORTANT TO SUCCESS and in fact, a necessity. If you are interested in this topic, have a look at some of these articles:
I wanted to share some ways to be creative in your life this year. If you like some of the ideas, be sure to let me know next time you come or just write a reply to this post. I always love to hear from all of you near and far who have been a part of my last 10 years in business!
1-Surround Yourself with Creativity
A great way to get your creative juices flowing this year is to surround yourself with creativity. Join a group, meet creative people, add creative items/decor to your space, get books on creativity from the library or seek out creative spaces in your city. When we are surrounded with creative people, places and things, we tend to get more creative ourselves!
2-Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
If you are doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, you’ll never get anywhere! Getting out of our comfort zones is a key to being more creative in any area of our lives. This year, I am challenging myself and all of you to get out of your comfort zones and push yourself to do new things that you would not normally do. If you have had a dream to do something, let me know and let’s help each other stay motivated this year!
3-Get a Creativity Buddy
Working with others can be a great way to stay on track, get more done, and stay accountable. In the last few years, I have buddied up with a couple of partners on projects like Murray the Dragon as well as working on individual events with other designers and artists. Having a buddy to work with has helped the creative process immensely because you now have a partner who sees things in a different way and who can contribute to the project through a different vision. One of our coolest customers introduced us to her creativity buddy this year and the two of these ladies craft together and do fun art projects together when they have time. What a wonderful way to be creative while maintaining a friendship!
4-Make a List
Yes, do it. Make the list! Writing down your goals, ideas and dreams helps you not only visually see what you want to do but it also helps your brain find ways to accomplish the list, even while you are not conscious of that process! Take time to make a list this year and put it somewhere visible where you can see it often and check off things as you do them!
5-Take Time to Check In
We are usually pretty good at this at the beginning of the year, but by the end, do you find yourself just whizzing around day to day to get your to do’s done forgetting about that big list of dreams from the beginning of the year? This year, I pledge to take time every week to review my goals, edit and adjust, and make sure to check in with my mental, emotional and physical self daily. Are the things I am doing daily making me happy? Am I taking time to nourish all areas of my well being? Checking in is just as important as being creative and goal setting so that you make sure to take care of yourself throughout the process of being creative in life and living your best life! Be sure to take time to check in with yourself through meditation, exercise, getting away, journaling, or just simply taking 10 minutes a day for silence.
I hope that 2020 brings immense joy, wonder and creativity to all of you and I look forward to seeing or hearing from you this year! Stay tuned for special event announcements this year, 10 Year Anniversary Celebrations and new projects coming up as we head into a new decade of all things creative! Be sure to get your tickets to the 10th Annual Art World Expo HERE and if you are an artist who wants to show at this event, sign up HERE.
Have a wonderful week ahead and check out all the awesome things happening this month at the gallery as well as in the arts community in Vancouver and beyond! You can find out more information about our boutique gallery in our January Newsletter HERE too!
Stay creative!
Wishing you all a wonderful 2020 from all of us at Art World Expo and Monika’s Art Boutique-Studio & Gallery!
Monika Blichar, B.A. & B.C.C.T.
Owner & Founder, Lead Artist, Studio & Gallery Arts & Program Manager and Art World Expo Producer!
Paulina Gorecski
After School Program Leader & In House Floral Designer!
Jorden Liteplo
Creative Connections Music Therapy and Knit Wear Designer!
2020 Art Assistants
Anna, Dirty Paws Designer & Kids Activity Helper
Sophia, Studio Helper & Kids Helper-cool human in high school!
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Art World Expo Christmas Fair-Saturday, December 14, 2019

It’s that time of year! (Insert Christmas jingle here!) It’s Art World Expo Christmas Fair time and you’re all invited!

We know you are all busy at this time of year but here are 5 reasons you should make time and come to Zgoda Polish Friendship Hall on Saturday!


1-Get out of the house for free!

That’s right! We are encouraging you to come out to this FREE TO ATTEND event. Look around, everyone else is charging you to go to their events BUT

we aren’t because we are awesome and so are you! Christmas is a time to connect with our neighbours, friends, and family and we wouldn’t do it any other way. We would love for you to come and enjoy the fair without worrying about entrance fees! In fact, since we started our Christmas Fair at the Polish Friendship Society, we have never charged for entry. Why? Well, we know that this time of year is expensive and our goal is to help you enjoy some holiday magic without feeling like you need to budget ANOTHER thing! This way, you can spend a few dollars with vendors, get something from the food truck or concession or just come and browse and meet new people without feeling the burden of entry fees!


2-Speaking of New People…

We want you to come out and meet new people in the community! We have tons of vendors, volunteers, models, photographers, and helpers just waiting to meet you! We love sharing our talent with the community and you never know who you will meet or who you might become friends with in 2020! Meeting new people is one of the primary reasons we put on our shows each and every year. Do you think you have room for new friends or contacts this year? Come and meet some KICK ASS people on Saturday. We promise you will not be disappointed!

3-Enjoy a Fashion Show!   

This year, we are pleased to have RECVRD Apparel hosting a fashion show for your viewing pleasure! We love local designers and guess what? Kimberlea the founder is also up for the Mompreneur Awards! Voting is open HERE! Learn more about the collection HERE!

4-Cheesy Christmas Photos? Get Your Photo Taken With Patrick Parenteau 


So it’s Christmas and even though you don’t wanna get your photo taken…you kinda wanna get your photo taken! Well, you’re in luck! Patrick Parenteau, Official Art World Expo Photographer, will be taking photos in a “Mini Photo Session” style booth at our event. Don’t worry, he won’t make it as cheesy as Walmart and we promise that you will have fun. He’s a riot and a really friggin’ talented photographer who has 30+ years of experience behind his belt! Book your photo session HERE in advance to skip the line up!

 5-Shop local! 

Well this last point is one that pulls our heart strings because it is so important. All we can say about this point is that shopping local is necessary to help keep local artists going. It feeds local families, local entrepreneurs, and local people living and working right here in BC. When you make any purchases at our event this year, it means that someone in our community is earning revenue. Please consider coming to the fair and redirecting your purchases so that someone in our community can feed their family, put a little extra in their savings or follow their dream. We guarantee when you make any purchases with us, you will feel amazing not only buying unique items but knowing deep down that you have made a difference in the life of one of our vendors. And you know what, isn’t that what the Holidays are all about?


If you have managed to read this far, you deserve a kudos! We all hope to see you at the show!

More info on our Event Page!


by Monika Blichar

Marie-Helene Babin Make Up 1st Place 2015 Theme Fairy Tales

Thank you to everyone who made our last event at Science World such a great success! We appreciate all of you so much! It’s because of all our guests, fans, sponsors, volunteers and family who come from all over Canada to come help out each year that this event is possible!

Stay tuned for a compilation of our photos or head to our FACEBOOK PAGE to see some photos as they are being released from event photographers and media!


One of Chris Collacott’s images of Telus World of Science. He exhibited his work with us in 2010-2014. 

From the moment we started Art World Expo, we knew that the venue had to be a special one. When I thought of what kinds of cool venues there are in Vancouver, I knew that Science World was a special place. It’s iconic history and placement within the city’s most central location made it an easy choice as the venue for our Vancouver show. It truly has been an amazing run at this venue! We have met so many amazing people and have hosted over 1,000 aritsts, vendors, performers, and body painters via this event in Vancouver alone. That’s pretty spectacular!

Eager guests intrigued by the annual body painting competition which has been running annually since 2010 and is also now running in Edmonton! 

All good things must come to and end, they say! On the contrary, we are not ending our event, we are just making it bigger and better for 2020! Our next location is The Pipe Shop at the Shipyards! Mark your calendars for April 3, 4, and 5, 2020 for our first multi-day event happening on North Vancouver’s premiere waterfront venue which is host to an array of cultural activities including the Friday Night Shipyard Markets and events like the Polish Festival and more!

Early bird registrations for vendors and event tickets are available until May 31, 2019! Don’t miss out on being part of making history and being in our new location as a vendor or a guest in 2020! We are all so excited and look forward to the new location and all the new opportunities it will bring our show. 

Join us at our annual Art World Expo event at our new location “The Pipe Shop” at the Shipyards. Your early bird ticket includes a three day pass to the event on April 3, 4 and 5, 2020 as well as entry to the Art World Expo Friday Night Gala & 10th Annivesary Party! Our show is now in its 10th annual year and we want to see you all there!

Show theme for 2020


Tentaive schedule:

Friday, April 3, 2020

10th Anniversary Party: Featured Vendors, Tribute to the Last 10 Years-An Art Walk down Memory Lane, Fashion Shows, Body Painting Competition, Musical Perfomances, Silent and Live Auctions, and Bar.

Saturday, April 4 and Sunday April 5, 2020

Vendors, Live Demonstrations, Guest Speakers, Food Trucks, Auctions and more!

Thank you to my fiance Robert Brody of Twin Peaks Construction for supporting this event since the beginning in 2010! We could not have done it without your team!

I always love to hear from guests, artists, vendors, and volunteers so if you have a question or would like to be involved, please be sure to send us an email via the CONTACT US form on our website. I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you all again for a fantastic run at Science World for 9 years! I look forward to putting together the 10th Annual Art World Expo and our 10th Anniversary Party over the next 11 months. You all have truly inspired me to keep going all these years and I am so looking forward to the future of what Art World Expo will bring to the North Shore and to many new cities in 2020.


Art World Expo Vancouver-May 10!

Join us for Art World Expo Vancouver on May 10, 2019!


As usual, we have so many great things happening in store for you! An array of vendors join us again this year for your shopping pleasure-just in time for Mother’s Day, you won’t find such a selection anywhere else! We also have two fashion shows, live demonstrations, a body painting competition, live and silent auctions plus a bar and food vendors too!

This year is a special one because it will be our LAST event at Science World where we have hosted the show the last 9 years. It is truly the end of an era and will be a special event so we would love to see you all there! Be sure to get your ticket today and find a CINEMA THEMED costume to wear! Tickets are available HERE! 

See you at the show!


Monika Blichar, Event Founder & Producer

Questions? Call 1 604 999 6177

Gravel Shows Fan Art at Art World Expo Edmonton

by Monika Blichar

I found Eric on Instagram and reached out to ask him if he was interested in participate in the Art World Expo in Edmonton. I loved his fan art work and thought he make a nice addition to the event since our show themes this year are “Celebrating Cinema!” The power of social media is so amazing these days! I caught up with Eric and asked him about his work, inspiration and what he would do if he had an unlimited bank account…his answer to that question is awesome!

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What inspires you to make art? 
I’ve always had deep love and appreciation for drawing. But what really motivates me to continue creating art is seeing how people react to it in such a positive way. Whether it’s the excitement that someone gets when seeing a character that we share a love for in my fan art, seeing themselves drawn as one of their favourite characters, or something else! It’s immensely motivating!
When did you know you wanted to pursue your art as a business?
I’ve always drawn for fun, but when I started to see that other people get pleasure from it as well (and are willing to pay money for it) I realized that it’s something that I could actually turn into a business. It started with selling my own comic books and drawings in Elementary school and evolved into what it is now!
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We met via social media. How does social media help you market your art products today versus what artists had to do say 10 or 20 years ago to “get out there?”
I’d say a strong social media presence is a key element to any successful business. It was more or less the same 20 years ago, though the avenues may have been a little different then. Instead of marketing through selling commissions through eBay, DeviantArt and DigitalWebbing, I can now save time making posts, and reach a much wider audience, through the likes of Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
This will be your first Art World Expo event. Will you have any never before seen work or show specials for our event on April 12? 
I’ll have a new fan art print for sale this weekend of a certain Marvel superhero that’s graced the theaters recently. Available in 3 different sizes! Every purchase at Art World Expo will also earn you an entry to win a portrait sketch of yourself (or someone you know) drawn as a favourite character!
Your IG profile says that you create “Fan Art and other Nerdy Goodness.” Can you elaborate on what Fan Art is and why it’s cool to be a nerd? We love art nerds in particular!  
Fan Art is artwork that is created as an expression of love for a certain franchise, usually found in pop culture but not necessarily. It’s about expressing a love for something you get pleasure from, and sharing it with others who might also share in that same love.
I think being a nerd is about having a deep love for any specific thing, wether it be art, pop culture, music, or sports nerds. In the wake of the internet and expos like this one, people are more capable now more than ever of realizing that they’re actually a part of a much bigger community of obsessed fans than they ever thought possible.
Just for fun, if you woke up and suddenly had access to an unlimited bank account, what would you tomorrow?
I’ve just recently gotten engaged with a truly amazing woman, and we’ll soon be moving into what might as well be our dream home with our two awesome boys (possession date on April 25!). On top of that, I’m lucky enough to be in a position where I get to do what I love for a living! I can honestly say life is pretty perfect right now and no amount of money could make any of that better than it already is!
To learn more about Eric’s work, be sure to visit him tonight at the show and connect with him on social media!
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Award Winning Photographer and Artist at Art World Expo Edmonton

By Monika Blichar

When we create, we often have no idea if anyone will be interested in our work. In fact, for most artists, when we are creating-we don’t think about the commercial aspect of buying, selling, promoting or marketing while we are in the zone. When our work does get noticed though, there is a rush of excitement and validation. I caught up with Fixated Art who has won multiple awards for her work. You can see her work at our show tonight in Edmonton.

What inspires you to make art?
I think my moods inspire or drive me more than anything. As one of many artists who struggle with mental health issues, my art is a way to express myself at the same time as I distract myself. I usually base my art on my photos, using them as inspiration for my paintings, and the colours on my silks. Some days I find colours and visual images call to me while other days I am more drawn to tactile experiences. There are days I see “slides of images” flash through my brain, and I am almost compelled to bring the work to life, so I try my best to create and get it out of my system.
The acrylic that will be donated to the silent auction, for example, is based on a photo I took of myself in my garden.

You make everything from tea pots to paintings to scarves. What do you like making the most?
I wish there was as simple answer to that, but it is very mood-motivated. On the days I paint silks…I like painting silks (though they are probably the most challenging because they are the least cooperative and most unpredictable to work with). I enjoy my acrylic works, but am only periodically inspired to paint. Akin to choosing a favourite child, this is a difficult question because I like them all for different reasons.

We met via a post a friend of mine shared which I saw and then contacted you to be part of the show which is a great example of the power of social media in today’s world. How does social media help you market your art products today versus what you had to do say 10 or 20 years ago to “get out there?”
I’m not sure I can really comment on 10-20 years ago since I wasn’t doing art to share at that time. Social media allows for a wide audience to see, and possibly fall in love with your work from a distance when used effectively. There is a delicate balance between too much and too little though – you don’t want people to unfollow or block you because of too many posts.

This will be your first Art World Expo event. Will you have any never before seen work or show specials for our event on April 12? 
I have a number of works that have not been at any events – hummingbird scarves, the espresso coffee set, the “tea for one” sets, along with a number of canvases that have recently been completed. One of the ones that will be on display for the first time is the “Peggy’s Cove Boats” and “Misty Morning Dinghy”


You won an award for one of your photographs. Can you tell us about it?

I’ve actually won 7 different awards, locally, nationally and now internationally. My first winning photo competitions were in Parkland county (a large region surrounding the Edmonton area to the West of the city). I won first place (public choice voting) for 3 of the 4 seasons they ran the competition that year. (first and second place in one season). Voting was open the all 33000 residents of the county, and adjudicated by the county council.
Winning photos included:

Porcupine Freedom – this little porcupine was ill and took up residence on our doorstep. We took him into the WILDNORTH wildlife rehabilitation society, where he was cared for over several months. When he was well, he was released back onto our property. He immediately recognized his territory and was docile enough that I got some great shots of him. He had quite the following on FB for some time!

Winter Sunrise – this spectacular winter sunrise was probably the coldest photo I have ever snapped – at -35C! The coil of barbed-wire hanging on the fencpost made a perfect frame for the rising sun that cold morning. The shot was worth the cold nose and fingers.

Cute Lil’ Stinker – this little skunk was another of the wildlife releases from the WILDNORTH rehabilitation society. Many people don’t understand how crucial skunks are for the health of our ecosystem, so this little one was purposely orphaned, then taken to the wildlife rehab to “save”. When it was old enough to be released, the original landowners didn’t want it on their property, so I volunteered to release it into our area. I snapped the photo of her just after she was freed.

Squirrel! – This little one was the keeper of our garden, and was quite territorial about the area, but eventually became accustomed to my camera, and would even pose sometimes. I was fortunate enough to have some great opportunities with this little squirrel.


Stained Glass Dragon – This image of a variable darner fly, like all my photos, is not photoshopped. This once-in-a-lifetime shot was a runner up in the 75th anniversary photo competition for Nature Canada, and was selected from more than 13000 images. It was featured in the Museum of Nature in Ottawa, and graced the pages of their annual fundraiser calendar. The dragonfly’s faceted wings are reflecting the fuschia shirt of the photographer, her legs, the blue sky and green grass. If you look closely enough, you can also see the lens of my camera in many of the facets.


Frosty Invitation – Each year, Strathcona County (just east of Edmonton) has an artwork acquisition program. Works from county residents hang in a gallery for a month, where the adjudicators select pieces to be purchased for display in the county. There is also a people’s choice award for a favourite piece. From more than 200 works, mine won the people’s choice.


Frosty Sunset – And finally, the “big one.” Selected from more than 23000 international professional and amateur submissions, the Fosty Sunset was selected as one of the winning images in the 2018 National Wildlife Federation photo competition.


Just for fun, if you woke up and suddenly had access to an unlimited bank account, what would you tomorrow?

This is an easy one. I love wildlife and nature, and deplore the loss of wildlands habitat in and around my area. I would, given an unlimited bank account, purchase as much land as possible and rewild it – making perfect habitat for native species of all sorts.


To learn more about and view works by Fixated Art, find her on Facebook or Instagram.

Emerging Transformed-Ania Telfer at AWE Edmonton

By Monika Blichar

Standing in front of a piece and contemplating what a work’s meaning has inspired people from all walks of life. Curiosity, wonder and a sense of timelessness occur when we encounter such works which also force the viewer to be present in a world where we are often bombarded with message of being the exact opposite. Edmonton artist Ania Telfer does exactly this-on purpose she forces her audience into a world of grandeur and style that is unique and has us wanting more. I caught up with her today to learn more about her process and what inspires her to create.


What inspires you to make art?

Art can rescue the world. Our world is in desperate need of healing and I feel very passionately about the intersection of creativity, spirituality and healing. I work intuitively, paying attention to my inspirations and feelings. The colour, texture, movement, shape, words, style and tone combinations I choose are intuitively intentional to create a feeling of joy in my heart. I believe that one of the roles of art is to create a feeling of awe. As the artist, I feel awe when I look at my completed pieces, and I hope that the viewer can feel awe while standing in their presence. I believe that art is a gift from the Creator for our healing and this internal feeling of awe cannot be accessed but through art. When we are uplifted by awe and feel reverence and joy in our heart, we activate our healing potential. As a person who has experienced trauma, I know first-hand the healing power of creative energy. I have studied art therapy and am convinced of the power of art to heal.

Several years ago I had a dream about a very large artist figure. Through Jungian therapy, I was encouraged to develop my art more. I created a series of digital photos about my frustrations stemming from not being able to engage in art as much as I wanted, due to demands of raising a young family. This series is available for viewing on my photography website: www.aniarchy.com under galleries, “Artist As Mother”. This got the creative energy flowing and it hasn’t stopped since!


When did you start painting and how has your worked evolved since you started?

Art has always been vital for me. One of my earliest memories is colouring on the floor in a sun splashed kitchen as a young girl. I took art through high school and completed one year in university at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where I studied photography. I graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a degree in Communications and a minor in Photo. For many years, my main profession was in photography, and I exhibited my photos in some group shows and one solo show in 2007. Although I painted from time to time, it wasn’t until a few years ago, I became more interested in painting for my mental health, and joined Art Mentorship Society of Alberta, an organization which promotes mental wellness through arts. A year ago, I fully embraced my artist self and I began painting seriously on large canvases. Since then, I have received a grant from the Edmonton Arts Council, and have had my work in several shows.
I am a mixed-media abstract and figurative artist. I am inspired by the dynamics of aesthetic extremes and how they transition smoothly between each other, creating harmony. I am inspired by the spontaneity which can be created when working intuitively with the canvas, materials and environment, combined with the structure of a purely rational, analytic and cognitive approach. Most often my works are done on canvas; however, I paint on paper and murals as well. I use liquid and heavy body acrylic paints, oil pastels, pencils, paint markers, dripped wax, and other marking tools in my works. My work retains layers thus creating texture and characterization that add visual appeal to the final piece.

As for the artistic merit side of my work, since receiving a grant from the Edmonton Arts Council, I have been able to afford a studio. I have seen the quality of my pieces grow quickly in a studio space; I am able to concentrate on the rational study of the abstract and create a higher quality of visual design; I am actively pushing myself and seeking inspiration to develop myself further as an abstract painter. Specifically, there are more dynamics in my pieces such as those listed above, adding greater aesthetic value to the work. These pieces can be viewed on my artist site: www.aniatelfer.com


We met via social media. How does social media help you market your art products today versus what you had to do say 10 or 20 years ago to “get out there?”

Social media is wonderful. It’s an amazing tool for connection. I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s when the digital age was nascent, all communications were done by phone and letter writing. I have more ability now to connect o people all over the world. I follow artists in Japan, Russia, Europe and South America. And I am followed by others in international areas. We can find mutual inspiration in our creativity like this. I can’t imagine trying to market my art without social media.

This will be your first Art World Expo . Will you have any never before seen work or show specials for our event on April 12?

Yes, I will have several new and colourful pieces which have never been shown! My work is a playground and when viewed in person, due to the grandeur of the canvas, the viewer really feels like she is stepping into a colourful wonderland. I encourage you to come and visit! I will also be running an Instagram contest, and there will be a canvas given away for one winner! Make sure to give me your emails, so I can send you a special post-show promo for an original painting!

Your IG profile says that “Art can rescue the world.” Can you elaborate?

As mentioned above, art can rescue the world…. Arts allow us to consider on an intuitive level, uniting the body, mind, intellect, spirit and emotions in a process which reveals deeper levels of who we are (Paintner); we engage with our whole selves and, by definition, enter a spiritual state. When we allow creative energy to flow through us, we emerge transformed. This transformation affects us individually, but also collectively. “[E]very part of the universe is connected with every other part by ties that are very powerful and admit of no imbalance, nor any slackening whatever” (‘Abdu’l-Baha). Working with creative energy is healing and when one is healed, we are all healed.

Our world is very left brain centered, the arts access the right brain, thus creating further integration which creates higher cognitive capacities, more fulfilling relationships and a more authentic expression of self. All of these elements combine foster more stable social systems geared towards empathy and care for the environments and people around us. When we do not engage in creativity, we become divorced from our spirits. Sadly, we see this internal divorce in the world today: war, corruption, over emphasis on materialism, greed and power struggles. I believe that creating art can rescue our world from these negative patterns and systems. For myself, when I am away from my art for too long my life becomes a “dutiful martyrdom (Allen), I feel like a robot, a walking dead. Creativity is as natural as breathing, but as a society we have moved away from our nature in this regard, and we have become a culture of consumers. We need more spaces for creativity and we need artists who are able to inspire others to be bold and creative. My paintings are created with intention to heal and grow through the Creative Source, the pieces act as ambassadors for healing in the world and when the viewers connect with me, either in person, through social media or artist statements, I further convey to them the healing power of the artistic process.

Just for fun, if you woke up and suddenly had access to an unlimited bank account, what would you tomorrow?

I would pay off our house and lines of credit, buy two Arabian horses, a Groenendal dog, a home in the countryside, with a stable and art studio connected to the main home. My dream is to have a Dutch door to the living area, where the horse can poke his head through and be a part of our family. I’d leave our family enough of a budget line for our necessary living expenses, allowing my husband to take some time off from full time work to concentrate on his own spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health; I already feel like I have had lots of time to develop my health in these areas, but he’s been working to support the family and hasn’t had that time. This would also free us to devote our time deepen our marriage and to raising our children in the best way to foster their capacities for service to the world of humanity. I would take our family on a trip to someplace hot with an ocean.
I am anxiously concerned for the traumas in our world today. In Canada, we are so fortunate to live in a country with good infrastructure, health care, peace and free education. After meeting our financial necessities, I would donate to several charities which I currently support, such as the Baha’i Fund, UNICEF, Food for Children, World Wildlife Fund, Halo Trust Fund and I would start up my own organization promoting healing, connection, community building and wellness through arts.


Ania belongs in the realm of abstraction and spirit. Time spent pursing art is time spent in worship. She is passionate about the intersection between creativity, healing and spirituality and believes that when we engage creatively, we heal ourselves and by extension, the world. Ania has lived in diverse places, such as India, Israel, Switzerland, France and Korea, as well as many provinces in Canada. She speaks five languages and is a first generation Canadian. Ania finds spiritual inspiration in the Baha’i Faith and believes that truth is found in all faiths, so she samples truth as she finds it. Ania has a gypsy soul which is most at home wayfaring the landscapes of creativity, while painting, musing out the window, spending time in nature, practising yoga, drinking sweet and strong, milky chai, communing with the Creator, hanging out with animals, or nurturing children. Horses and dogs are her favourite animals. Her favourite colour is whatever is on the end of her brush at the time.
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