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Lumberjax Custom Wooden Jewelry

by Monika Blichar
This year, we are pleased to be exploring the theme of “Eco-Sustainability” within the theme of the 8th annual Art World Expo in Vancouver. Noting all that is happening in the world environmentally and politically, it is excellent to see artists and designers being sustainable in their production of unique accessories and art work. A new-comer to Art World Expo but a past guest, we welcome Volkert Bobeldijk for Lumberjax Custom Wooden Jewelry to our annual event and showcase. Volkert has truly done something unique while thinking of nature and the ecosystem. We caught up with Volkert about his work and the upcoming event-be sure to check out his Facebook page at the end also!
1-When did you start making jewellery?
I started to make jewelry about four three years ago after my wife asked me to make a ring. Her diamond clasp would get caught on the linens at the hospital where she works and a wood ring could just be worn for work. Then her colleagues and friends started asking me to make them one which helped me to move forward in my woodworking.
2-What inspired you to start incorporating natural elements into your designs?
Being that I have been carving spoons for longer then the Jewelry making, I took to wooden jewelry quite easily. I have always had the love of wood and creating with wood my entire life but this has opened up my creative side. It also gives me the ability to use woodworking as therapy.
3-What has been the most exciting aspect of launching your own company?
The most exciting part of starting my own company is the ability it has given me to spend more time with my family. I went from a high stress, long hours and away from the house type of job to working a part-time job and working my business. This gave me the pleasure of being around my children and spending the quality time with my wife.
4-How have you transformed as an artist since you began?
Since I have started I have had the amazing pleasure of meeting more artisans and creative people that inspire me to grow and be who I really am. My transformation began when I saw the people who stop by my booth look in awe at the creations I have made for them. It gave me more drive to further my company and start making more products to suit all types of styles.
5-What do you aspire to do in the next five years?
I wood love to see my company grow to a point of not needing to have a part-time job. This way I will be able to take care of my family full time and become more self sufficient. To work my passion and spend the upmost quality time with family and friends is my goal that I will achieve.
6-What kinds (if any) specials or promotions will you have at Art World Expo 2018?
At this art show I will be giving Wooden keychains designed to put essential oils on to each client that purchases from my table. In addition, I may come up with a draw to win a wooden earrings and necklace/pendant set.
To learn more about Lumberjax, visit their Facebook Page.
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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child…

 

Working Together for
a Vibrant Arts Community

Help Make Our Community More Creative!
Throughout the year, at the studio and in the community, we fundraise by selling various products and services to help us sustain regular arts programs at the studio and events in the community. If you have followed or been involved with us long enough, you will have noticed that we sell everything from Poinsettias during the Winter Holidays, Valentine’s Day Chocolates, Spring Flower & Vegetable Starters, to products like Coastal Imagination Masks, Accessories and even Painting Classes throughout the year!
We try to be as creative as possible with all our fundraising in order to keep classes, camps and events going! With the generous support of our studio patrons, volunteers, social media followers and sponsors, we have been able to continue to survive while so many galleries and venues close down. Just today, we found out that The Railway Club, a popular music venue, is closing due to high rents and low profits. In addition to today’s announcement, the popular Silk Purse Gallery and Music Box in West Vancouver is also set to be demolished and replaced with waterfront development. Read more about the Silk Purse story published in the North Shore News here: http://www.nsnews.com/news/west-vancouver-artists-decry-ambleside-studio-loss-1.2217067
There are others whose galleries and centres buzz to be closing and packing it in. As an arts and culture lover, I can’t help but feel sad not only for the communities and the lovely people who live and work here, but also for the future generations of children who each year, lose more and more of a connect to arts and culture with the lack of cultural organizations succeeding.
As a young girl growing up as an immigrant in Canada, my family and the people who immigrated with us made it a priority for us to learn, do, see and experience as much as possible in the name of multiculturalism and cultural education. Being part of the community and doing as much as we could even when it was at times difficult for our families to make it, was and continues to be a key ingredient in why so many people want to come here to live.
My question today is why are we allowing our own community to shun the thought of such greatness, cultural diversity and talent by failing to support our own local economies? Living in Vancouver makes our money-consciousness, in particular our spending and earning, a high priority that simply seems to weigh us down rather than empower us as a community. I can’t help but urge everyone in our community to really assess what we are spending our hard-earned money on. If we can shift our spending to support local BC based business owners; artists, designers, builders, farmers, we truly can make a difference in our cultural fabric.
Spring is always a busy time for us fundraising in our operations, and with the news of so many closures, I can help but write and give my two cents on the issues surrounding ‘shopping local’ and supporting local arts based initiatives. Since opening this business and studio in 2010, I have seen so many positive things come to fruition as a direct result of camps, classes, and exhibits that my heart really does ache when I think about a future without art and artisans.
At our studio, we truly do appreciate your support and if all you do is share this email with someone who you know cares about arts and culture, then that helps all of us spread awareness about the importance of community.
If you can help us with our fundraising initiatives this Spring, be sure to consider our offers below. We have some great local products and services that directly support the studio classes, kids art camps and events such as Art World Expo and Painting Dreams International Art Tours. We are also on the look out forVOLUNTEERS for Art World Expo as well as studio and gallery volunteers to help with the studio and ongoing fundraising campaigns. Please email or call us directly to join our team and help us keep our community creative.
We are also running our spring bottle drive for April and we would appreciate your help there too! Proceeds from fundraising initiatives this month will be helping with summer arts programs for kids art camps
as well as Art World Expo.
April Fundraising Offers! 
All proceeds support art camp for kids and Art World 
Expo this summer via Make and Break Arts Foundation. 
Spring Seed Packs 
Organic Pepper Seeds with Seed Starter
$2
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Painting Classes
Offer Valid Only March 29-April 30
$12/class
Reg. $40/class
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Painting Dreams Scarves 
Includes Handmade Button Pin
$20
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VIP Art World Expo Ticket 
$75
Includes Glamour Noir locally made mask to wear at the event,
Art by Edy Art Card, Drink Ticket and VIP Swag Bag. VIP line up as well!
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SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED. PLEASE PURCHASE SHIPPING FOR THESE ITEMS HERE:

SEED STARTER 
$2.00 SHIPPING
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SCARVES
$4.00 SHIPPING
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VIP TICKET MERCHANDISE SHIPPING
$10.00 
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MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery
1335 Pemberton Avenue
North Vancouver, BC
604 999 6177

Feature AWE Artist at MAB Art Studio-Marilyn McKee

by Monika Blichar, Owner and Producer Art World Expo

I first met Marilyn Mckee in 2010 when producing the first of a series of events; now known as Art World Expo produced in Vancouver and Toronto. Drawn to her talent in jewellery making back then, I knew that she was a treasure and kept my eyes on her.  I think back to all those phone calls I made to check in over the years and wonder at how she could stand me asking about her art and progress. I wasn’t a customer after all; just an agent and promoter keeping tabs on her. Through my eyes, I knew that she was something special.  I am really pleased that I kept in touch as today, she is the first feature artist of 2016 in my studio and gallery in North Vancouver.

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If you haven’t met Marilyn, I will tell you that behind the stunning pieces is a truly wonderful woman who is not only a talented artist but an accomplished professional, mother and community member. Marilyn McKee is a member of the Tsit Gitanee (Eagle) clan of the Haida Nation, whose roots are from the islands of Haida Gwaii; world famous for its natural beauty and talented artists. Aside from creating, Marilyn is an active mother and grandmother and contributes to the community regularly. She is currently the President of Raycam Community Centre; the only community center in the Lower Mainland to offer free programs for kids and adults. She has been with the organization for over 10 years and has done everything from leading art projects to sewing 50 Halloween costumes.

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Since a child, Marilyn has always had an artistic ability. Even when asking her about her work and photographing her for this article, her childlike joy and wonder shine through in her smile and in the way she talks about her work. She is at ease with her imagination and an innocence about her talent has stayed within her spirit. She is inspired by traditional stories and moulds them into her art with a modern twist, incorporating Celtic design, Fairies and mermaids amongst more traditional Northwest Coast elements. Her most popular are the Fairies; which are breathtaking in both jewellery and paintings to say the least.

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As an artist myself, I feel privileged to have seen her art evolve into an array of beautiful works ranging from jewellery, drums, and paintings. I look forward to sharing our space with her essence this month; not only because of the beauty of the works but also to see an another artist’s work through my eyes and through those of our visitors.

Unafraid and experimental with her work, MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery is pleased to have Marilyn McKee as the January 2016 feature artist. Her use of many unconventional methods in her artwork result in a fresh look at the knowledge and richness her Haida culture.

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For more information, please visit Mab Art Studio 

All pieces featured are listed in the Facebook.

 

Thank you to our sponsors BLUSH Vancouver Magzine and Twin Peaks Construction.

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