art show

What’s in a camel’s hump?

https://youtu.be/-8woOKnLkgo

Now that you know, go check out Travis Cataldo, the artist who created this animation.

Here’s a link to his website – www.traviscataldo.com

Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/TheArtOfTravisCataldo/

Have an awesome day!

Gilda Garza-Mexican Artist Shakes Up Art World

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www.gildagarza.com 

Gilda Garza is a Mexican artist born in Sinaloa, Mexico. She started to paint as young as she can remember, a generational talent passed down to her from her grandmother.

Living in one of the most dangerous places in Mexico, Sinaloa, she was surrounded by war and kidnappings in her family. Her paintings show all of the raw emotions from these impactful events in her life.

She believes the best works of art happen when pain and suffering turn into inspiration and creativity.

Having gone through these experiences has only formed her into an even stronger woman who captivated what she was going through into beautiful pieces of art.

Every piece reflects a moment in the artist’s life.

Gilda’s Playboy painting was featured on the cover of Playboy Mexico’s February 2018 issue. She is the second painter to have art featured on the cover, behind Andy Warhol in January 1986. She is also the first artist to exhibit at the Omnia Nightclub in Las Vegas.

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A message from Monika!  
 
 Congratulations to the 2018 Body Painting Winners!
First Place: Vera Chen, Vancouver, BC
Currently a Student at Blanche Macdonald
The idea of creation comes from the plastic and paper cutlery of the food court. People use forks, spoons, cups, etc. every day, causing a lot of garbage to pollute the environment. Therefore, the use of these materials together to extend the variability of the material into a beautiful art creation. Plastic spoons and forks are used to create beautiful roses and twined vines. The paper cups are cut into flowers. Combining recylced plastic and paper cutlery with artistic paint is a new idea.
Second Place: Jenny Walton-Calgary, Alberta
Bees as an animal totem have very significant meanings and implications in the realm of spirituality. They are progressive, industrious, and hard-working, hence the term “busy bee”. Since they play a key role in almost all the natural world around us, my design is inspired by bees and the importance of their survival. Bees fit a very specific role in nature pollinating other plants. This is necessary to the on-going life cycle of many crops. Honey bees – wild and domestic – perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops – which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition – are pollinated by bees.
Third Place: Don Hilaby, Vancouver, BC
This is Breann, she is a visitor from another galaxy here to witness the beauty of our eco systems and the nature that thrives within it. She brings with her a message that we have the most beautiful planet in the entire solar system and we need to show our planet its eco systems and nature the love and respect it deserves. We are reminded to all do what we can in order to preserve our eco-systems. In doing our part, we will see that our love and respect will be reflected back to us,  giving us the most beautiful planet to continue to enjoy for lifetime to come. There are many hearts hidden within the art work symbolizing the love and respect that nature and our eco-systems show back to us.
Congratulations to all the competitors this year! Everyone did an amazing job!
2018 Event Highlights
We had so much talent under one roof on Friday, it was incredible! Be sure to visit our Facebook Page for more information and watch for the official photos from Patrick Parenteau to come out soon!
Coastal Storm Gallery with Diego Pacheco’s model and entry to the 2018 AWE Body Painting Competition.
Monika Colmorgen always gets right into the theme each year and makes her own costume! This year, she upcycled umbrellas and made her own skirt while sporting a hat that she made too! Amazing!
David C Jones is our Emcee and is so fabulous with the crowd!
The event auction was amazing this year!
Visit our

to BUY items that were unsold now!
 
Didn’t get a chance to come to the show? Be sure to connect with all of our partners, vendors and performers online! 
Official Sponsors:
Pure Green Olive
EXCLUSIVE BEER Cariboo Brewing
EXCLUSIVE WINE TBA

Body Painting Competitors:
Devon BurbankDevon Burbank Makeup Artistry Vancouver, BC
Angie Balbon, Vancouver, BC
Francoise Veron-stamp Boise Art Works, Vancouver, BC
Joanie Gilbert, Vancouver, BC
Don Hillaby, Vancouver, BC
Courtney Pawluck, Vancouver, BC
Samantha Whyte, Vancouver, BC
Diego Pacheco, Vancouver, BC
Jenny Jenn, Calgary, AB
Madison Lee, Vancouver, BC
Vera Chen, Vancouver, BC

2018 Official Judges:
Artist Jennifer Little, Vancouver, BC
Justin Voitic, Vancouver, BC

Stage & Performers:
M3 Artistry Melissa M Meretsky
Radiant Life Hoops Laura Hutt

Fashion Show sponsored by Designer Search International Ltd.
Designers:

Jessica Redditt– Jessica Redditt Designs A Sustainability Chic Clothing LIne Made from Natural Textiles, Hand Dyed with Botanical Pigments in Vancouver, BC

Guest Speaker:
Patricia Plackett, David Suzuki Foundation

“Perils of Apparel: the environmental impacts of what you wear”

Patricia Plackett has had a career that includes positions in Denmark and New Zealand as well as Vancouver based on her PhDs in economics and anthropology. Today she volunteers with the Suzuki Elders and the UNESCO Biosphere Region Initiative for Howe Sound.

Artists, Designers & Vendors:
List is updated bi-weekly until the event.

Monika Blichar-Paintings, Prints, Jewellery, and Fashion Vancouver, BC
Art by Edy-Paintings, Vancouver, BC
Monika’s Art Boutique-Studio & Gallery-Art Classes & Painting Parties, North Vancouver, BC
Painting Dreams International Art Tours, North Vancouver, BC
Ryan Broderick Paintings.-Paintings, Vancouver, BC
Carolyn Bruce Designs – Statement Jewelry-Jewellery, Vancouver, BC
West Coast Hatters-Vancouver, BC
Tarnia’s Art-Paintings, Vancouver, BC
Street Cat Designs Artisan Jewelry-Pam Jackson-Jewellery, Vancouver, BC
Soulshine Yoga and Jewelry-Jennifer Wosk, Vancouver, BC
LumberJax Custom Wooden Jewelry, Vancouver, BC
P & G Designs-Jewellery, Vancouver, BC
Danielle Rondeau-Author, Vancouver, BC
Yun A Cho-Artist, Vancouver, BC
Judy Anne Galdones-Artist, Vancouver, BC
Jewellery by Pardeep – Fifth Avenue Collection-Vancouver, BC
Copper Paw Designs-Vancouver, BC
Meshell lee designs-Vancouver, BC
Hogan’s SweetArt-Vancouver, BC
Love U Designs-Vancouver, BC
Aryn Effert-Edmonton, AB
John Pfaff-Vancouver, BC
Alicja Draganska-Vancouver, BC
Kam Bieska-Vancouver, BC
Celina Miller MoonLight Studios-Vancouver, BC
Elizabeth Cross-Vancouver, BC
Patricia Sparks-Vancouver, BC
Mila Chanel-Vancouver, BC
Rockhounds Art Studio-Vancouver, BC

Creative Services Vendors:
REO Rafting-Boston Bar, BC
Inner Harmonious Peace Christine Johel-Intuitive Readings, Vancouver, BC
Henna by Arneet, Vancouver, BC
Tia Dobbs, Arbonne Independent Consultant Vancouver, BC
Painting Dreams International Art Tours
SweetLegs Vancouver with Julia-Vancouver, BC
Amanda Cherewick, Mandy’s Beauty Bar-Vancouver, BC
Coach Diane Travis-Vancouver, BC
Cristina De Vellis, Spoil Yourself-Vancouver, BC
Georgia Belle, Vancouver, BC
Murray the Dragon, Vancouver, BC
Lasting Colour by Andrea, SeneGence and LipSense Independent Distributor, Vancouver, BC
Caitey Gilchrist Creative, Vancouver, BC
Rhonda Alvarez Rustic Rose All Naturals, Vancouver, BC
Freda Lombard Zealous Art & Painting parties, Langley, BC

Galleries and Arts Collectives:
Studio Seventy Three-Surrey, BC
Monika’s Art Boutique-Studio & Gallery-North Vancouver, BC
Coastal Storm Gallery-Vancouver Island BC
Boreal Artist Institute-Fort McMurray, AB Sonia Burke-smith Beloved Sherry Heyliger

Green Companies:
Kimberlea Masters-Juice Plus & Garden Tower

Register as a vendor: https:// theartworldexpo.com/ exhibitor-information/*Limited spots remain! Registration is open for upcoming events! See below for details on how you can get involved in our national network of creativity!

DO YOU WANT TO SHOW AND SELL YOUR WORK WITH OUR US? 
 
Upcoming event opportunities for vendors: 
 
September 9, 2018-Shipyards, North Vancouver 
December 15, 2018-Art World Expo Christmas Fair , Vancouver
March 15, 2019-Art World Expo, Edmonton 
May 10, 2019-Art World Expo,Vancouver 
 
Register HERE.
Steampunk & Statement Jewellery Show
Our next show is happening May 15-June 16! Stop in Tuesday-Saturdays 12-4pm or make an appointment! Grand opening 6-8pm Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
Painting Party-Nahatlatch River! 
May 22, 2018
6-8pm
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Kids and Teens Annual Art Camps-Registration is Open!
Register for our 6th annual art camps for kids and teens! We are exploring International Cultures Around the World and would love to see your child here this summer!
DEADLINE FOR PAINTING DREAMS ART TOURS: MAY 31
Deadline to confirm your spot on this year’s tours to Poland or Bali is May 31!
 
2018/2019 Retreats: 
July 20-22: REO RAFTING
August 6-20: Wroclaw, Poland
January 3-17, 2019: Bali, Indonesia
Don’t miss your chance to travel and see the world with other like minded creative travellers! Sign up for the retreats today! 

 

 
Monika’s Art Boutique-Studio & Gallery
3063 Lonsdale Avenue 
North Vancouver, BC 
604 999 6177 
 
This week our hours are:
Tuesday-Saturday
12:00-4:00pm

Interview with Caitey Gilchrist Creative

by Monika Blichar

As an artist, it can be hard to think about many areas of business. Lots of creatives are very talented in the actual making of art work, but many fall short in areas of marketing, business and branding. For some reason, it is the last thing that artists want to think about; their top priority as making art.

In reality, branding is one of the most important areas of business as this is what the public recognizes when they think of a company. Good branding means that people can spot your company just by looking at the logo-a symbol unique to that business. Bad branding leaves the consumer confused about what the company and often causes a lack of confidence in a business. Today, I caught up with Caitey Gilchrist Creative to ask her about her branding business as she will be at our event this year!

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1-What is Caitey Gilchrist Creative?

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Caitey Gilchrist Creative helps entrepreneurs live their passion and connect with their audience through their core message. Through branding, graphic design and online business resources, I help individuals translate who they are into a visual identity that speaks to their audience.

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2-When did you know you wanted to start your own business?

I’ve always had the entrepreneurial drive, and I started offering my services in 2011.

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3-What is your favourite part about helping creative people with their brands?

Knowing that I’m helping someone propel their practice forward is my favourite thing about what I do. I love translating their vision into something beautiful that serves a very practical purpose.

4-What will you be offering at Art World Expo? Any special promotions or products exclusively for AWE guests?

Yes! Until May 31, 2018, Art World Expo guests can receive 15% off any branding design package.

5-Where would you like to see your business in 5 years’ time?

This is an exciting question! Branding is just one way that I’m currently helping creatives and entrepreneurs pursue their passions. The big focus for me is on providing education and tools for people who are ready to forge their own path. Over the next five years, I’ll be focusing on spreading these resources as far as possible through public speaking, training and online courses.

 6-Just for fun: What is your all-time favourite thing to do when you have free time?

I love standing in nature and experiencing the moment.

Caitey Gilchrist is a brand consultant, design geek, and creative for life. Through her company, Caitey Gilchrist Creative, she helps entrepreneurs connect to their audience through branding and visual communication. Caitey is set on creating new opportunities for small business brands through education, collaboration, and support. She works on this vision daily through her one-on-one services, branding courses, and through her involvement in local business groups in surrounding communities. To learn more about Caitey, visit www.caiteygilchrist.com To attend the 8th annual Art World Expo, order your tickets via this link! caitey2

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Monika Blichar is an Entrepreneur and Artist. She is owner of Monika’s Art Boutique-Studio & Gallery in North Vancouver and producer of Art World Expo and Painting Dreams International Art Tours. She is always pushing boundaries as an artist and creative entrepreneur. Her love of the arts has been a part of her life since childhood.

Interview with Celina Miller of MoonLight Studios

by Monika Blichar

I love seeing artists emerge in our community because it shows me that one more person is being courageous. Being an artist takes a lot of self confidence and risk not only because they don’t know when they will sell something or be commissioned, but also because they put work out there for the world to react to. Some people will fall in love with what they do, many won’t. Some people will support the arts, but many won’t know how to respond to creative works.

What I have noticed over the years is that many people don’t realize the hours and hours of work it takes to be an artist. From working on pieces in between jobs to spending each weekend at markets and shows promoting your own work. Being an artist not only takes courage, it also takes persistence, determination and motivation to continue despite fear, failure, or hard work. For these reasons, I am always so proud of emerging artists and creators. Today, I catch up with Celina Miller of MoonLight Studios whose work is often created in the moon light hours while her family is sleeping,  but who also prides herself sharing her passion with her family and now, with the art world.

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1-When did you start making art?
I started as soon as I was old enough to hold felts or crayons or a paint brush. I remember being a kid and painting my bedside table (I got in serious trouble) but I just needed to create, no matter what it was.
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2-What is your preferred medium to use?

Paint and canvas is my all time favourite and I gravitate towards that more then others but I have worked with many different mediums.

3-What inspires you to create?
Honestly, everything inspires me. The colour of the leaves, the waves of the ocean, the swimming of an orca, the wings of a bird flying, the blades of grass, the different colours of sand on a beach, my husband, my daughter, my dogs, I honestly find inspiration everywhere I look!
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4-Will you have any special promotions or new releases for AWE guests?

This is my first real art show so all the pieces I will be painting will be new releases for me.

5-Where would you like to see your art business in the next five years?
I would love to be doing this full time, having my own studio, my art in a gallery, my name out there in the art world. I’m excited for all the things to come for me!
6-Just for fun: Where would you go on vacation if you could go anywhere in the world?
My dream vacation would be Europe. Greece, Italy, France, the art, the culture, the food, I would love it all!
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For more information about Celina, visit her Facebook Page. Be sure to purchase your ticket to the 8th annual event and support Celina by using her affiliate link here.

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Monika Blichar is an Entrepreneur and Artist. She is owner of Monika’s Art Boutique-Studio & Gallery in North Vancouver and producer of Art World Expo and Painting Dreams International Art Tours. She is always pushing boundaries as an artist and creative entrepreneur. Her love of the arts has been a part of her life since childhood.

Matcha Matcha-Read All About It!

by Monika Blichar

I always love to incorporate new and interesting products and businesses into Art World Expo. With each year’s theme, there’s ample opportunity to reach out to community partners who are unique and different but who can add an element of interest to our show. This year, I am pleased to have Whisk Matcha at our event not only because the owner Kimmy is so kind and sweet, but also because her company offers a product that is both good for health and committed to organic matcha production. I caught up with her to learn more about her company today! Enjoy!

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1-When did you start Whisk Matcha?
​ Officially August 2016​

2-What is Matcha? ​
​ Matcha is shade-grown, finely ground Japanese green tea.​

3-What are the health benefits of drinking Matcha?
Matcha is possibly THE healthiest super food one can find.

Because of its meticulous production process, you’re consuming the entire tea leaves which contain full nutrients such as high concentration of green tea antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Besides, by drinking Matcha you can also ingest oil soluble constituents (Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Beta-carotene, etc.), which are not extracted into water when brewed. Brewing tea in the traditional way is kind of like eating spinach by boiling it in a pot but throwing out the vegetable and just drinking spinach water, you end up chucking 80% of the nutritional value and benefits into the compost bin.

Matcha has an amino acid called L-Theanine; L-Theanine can improve mental focus and clarity in a slow-released way. It won’t give you the jittery feeling that coffee does to your body. Matcha tea leaves need to be covered from direct sunlight for 20 – 30 days before harvest. This shading process boosts the plants’ chlorophyll level; chlorophyll is a natural detoxifier that will cleanse the heavy metal and daily pollution out of your body. You’ll feel like a whole new you with every cup of good matcha.​

​One key antioxidant that matcha is loaded with is called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) Catechin. EGCG is proven for its benefits of treating cancers, and can also improve your immune system, stabilize blood sugar levels, promote fat burning, and boost metabolism.

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4-How is Matcha sourced? Are there any eco-friendly initiatives around harvesting matcha tea that help the environment?

​ Matcha is not created equally. Our matcha is directly from organic family tea farms in Kyoto Japan. ​Organic farming means a lot to me and our brand, because it’s good for people, eco system and our soil. Matcha plants cannot survive through the shading process (due to very limited energy from the sun) without an enriched soil, and we’re committed in sourcing matcha grown from NATRUALLY enriched soil, not by industrial strength fertilizers. Our tea farms/owners take incredibly good care and practices of the tea plants.

5-Will you have any show specials on products, matcha tea parties, or services exclusive to Art World Expo on May 11?
​Yes we will offer 10 – 15% discount on select products at Art World Expo.​

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6-Where do you see your business in 5 years time?
I’m hoping to open a matcha-focused tea tasting room in Vancouver​.

7-Just for fun: If you could time travel, where would you go?
​I’d like to go back to the 12th – 16th century​ in China. Love the culture, poetry and apparels.

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Monika Blichar is an Entrepreneur and Artist. She is owner of Monika’s Art Boutique-Studio & Gallery in North Vancouver and producer of Art World Expo and Painting Dreams International Art Tours. She is always pushing boundaries as an artist and creative entrepreneur. Her love of the arts has been a part of her life since childhood.

To learn more about Whisk Matcha, visit https://www.facebook.com/whiskmatcha https://www.instagram.com/whiskmatchayvr/ https://twitter.com/matchawhisker  Be sure to get your ticket to the 8th Annual Art World Expo at Science World. Our theme this year is Eco-Sustainability so be sure to dress in an Eco-Sustainable ensemble, create your own statement piece from plastic bags or make your voice heard for our environment. Tickets are available in limited quantities here.

Artists in Cars: Our Latest Interviews

I’ve been having a great time with these video interviews in this luxury Genesis G-80 over the last couple of weeks! Here are the latest interviews with Patrick Parenteau, photographer and Francoise Boise, body painter. Enjoy and be sure to get your tickets to our 8th annual Art World Expo today! Our event theme this year is “Eco Sustainability” and we are looking forward to seeing all your DIY, upcycled and recycled creations at the event! Tickets are available here. 

Want to learn more about Genesis Richmond? Contact Genesis Experience Manager Jennifer Friesen via her LinkedIn account.

Interview with Humanitarian Artist Judy Anne D. Galdones

by Monika Blichar

Social media is awesome. It is a great tool these days to help make communication possible between people and business owners. I met Judy on Instagram and from the moment we connected online, I could sense that she is a serious artist working hard towards her goals as a professional. She was enthusiastic, professional and so eager to put her work out into various shows. When I finally met her at the Art World Expo Speaker Series in January, I was delighted to meet a bubbly, personable and committed individual. I was impressed with her desire to show and sell her work-not all artists are as motivated to be an artist and do the marketing and business side at the same time. It was only until after reading her interview answers below that I understand why she is motivated, driven and passionate about her work. Great work Judy! You are an inspiration!

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1-When did you start making art?

For as long as I can remember, I was always creating some form of art but mainly drawing. It wasn’t until high school that I started painting. I painted every now and then for about five years and never did I go to any formal schooling as this was my hobby and didn’t want any form of structure in it. Then, for almost a decade, art took the backseat as I went into college and entered a busy career in nursing. It wasn’t until four years ago, in 2014 that I got re-acquainted with it again and at the end of that year when I lost my grandma to cancer followed by a most difficult breakup, art became my world. It served as my outlet – where I found my voice, my cry. Little did I know that my deepest heartaches would unveil the most soulful part of me. Since then, I’ve fallen in love with painting and want to share this passion with all who cares to view the sight.

2-What inspires you as an artist?

Much of my inspiration comes from living life itself. Capturing life’s beauty from the most intimate thoughts and emotions to the exquisite sites of our Mother Nature is what I want to share with the world through my paintings. Through my sales, I wish not only to bring life to a room but also to help brighten the future of an adolescent in a third world country. 10% of all my proceeds goes towards a scholarship every year for a senior student in the Philippines’ Sarrat National High School who wants to further their education in order to better their lives.

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3-Will you have special promotions or exclusive offers for Art World Expo Edmonton event attendees at the Muttuart Conservatory on March 16?

Yes, I will be offering a 15% promotional discount on all my paintings – discount will be applied at checkout.

4-Where would you like to see your art business in 5 year’s time?

In five years, I hope to see my art business flourish – for my art to be in more shows and galleries. I would really love to see it prosper so that I can help more kids reach their dreams. I want to be a part of the reason that betters their world.

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5-Just for fun: If you could interview any artist living or deceased, who would it be? What would you ask them?

This is a pretty tough question as I seem to have a difficulty narrowing it to just one artist. But okay, if I had to choose I would want to interview the late Monet. I would ask what it was about lilies that gave him the obsession to paint them over and over again throughout his career. Although it was done repeatedly, each painting was still yet so remarkable and I wonder if there was a deeper reason as to why he choose this subject. Also, given that he struggled with finance and depression, I would ask, if he could relive his life again, is there anything he would change and why.

To learn more about Judy’s art and how to contribute to her fundraising towards a scholarship every year for a senior student in the Philippines’ Sarrat National High School for further education, please visit Judy’s Instagram Account. Our event in Edmonton is SOLD OUT but you can visit Judy at the Art World Expo Vancouver on May 11, 2018 at Telus World of Science. Tickets to this 8th annual installment are available.

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Monika Blichar is an Entrepreneur and Artist. She is owner of Monika’s Art Boutique-Studio & Gallery in North Vancouver and producer of Art World Expo and Painting Dreams International Art Tours. She is always pushing boundaries as an artist and creative entrepreneur. Her love of the arts has been a part of her life since childhood.

Interview with Edmonton Artist Mira Nova

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by Monika Blichar

I love meeting new artists, especially ones that can do things I can’t. It’s amazing the talent that has signed on for the first annual Art World Expo Edmonton. Mira Nova was one of the first artists to sign on for our event and looking through her work, I was eager to meet her. She has a fluidity to her work that is both soothing and powerful at the same time. Her ability to convey and capture softness and confidence is why I chose her Hawk to be on this year’s flyer. In her explanation of the piece, she says that hawks represent messengers and for Art World Expo, that is exactly what our goal is to offer artists and the general public. We are the messengers of creativity soaring through time and space to share art and imagination with guests, readers, followers, fans and what has become our wonderful art family.

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1-When did you start making art?

I’ve drawn since I was little. It was always an activity that I did most. That and playing outside or with pets.
2-What inspires you to create?
I am inspired by the beauty of nature and the depths of emotion, constantly working on ways to bring them together. There is beauty in the dark aspects too, in a way that brings more life if that makes sense. So I like to bring it all together when I can.
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3-You work a lot with animals as a subject matter. What is it about animals that inspires you to create?
Animals have filled a large part of my life. From pets at home, to experiences at wildlife sanctuaries, they’ve always held a grounding, spiritual connection for me. Many moments of understanding, learning to trust, and bonding. Fascination with their ways of being keeps me captivated all the time.
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4-This year, your image is featured on the Art World Expo Edmonton flyer. Can you tell us about this piece?
The Hawk was inspired by a good friend of mine Meighan, she commissioned me to draw it for her. When I began to draw it, the patterns and flow came out very naturally, it’s always great when that happens, sometimes things take a while to come together.
I heard a story a long time ago about the hawk being a messenger, so I drew a bubble just under the wing that I intended to put a message inside. As I drew it, I started to think it would be better for the person viewing the image to derive a message of their own, so I left it open for them.
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5-Where do you see your work and business in 5 years?
In 5 years, I hope to have a few series out and finally experience being a vendor at the Whyte Avenue Artwalk. If everything goes well, tattoo will also be a part of my skill set in the future.
6-Just for fun: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
There are so many places I’d love to travel. Anywhere that is rich in nature, art and music, I would be happy to explore. The one that sticks out the most right now is Iceland.

The sense of wonder and creativity that is evoked when looking at Mira Nova’s pieces are an extension of the meaning of the artist’s name itself. Creating new wonders, this Edmonton-based illustrator and visual artist uses illustrations and paintings to show us a world that is bursting with vivid colors and enchanting lines.

Mira Nova has shown her pieces at various galleries, including the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Bleeding Heart Gallery. Additionally, her work has been featured at several local events and cafes, including festivals such as Reign Bough Fiddle and Spectrum. She was the principal designer for the Reign Bough Fiddle Music and Arts Festival (AB) poster in 2017.

 

To learn more about Mira Nova, visit her Facebook Page and be sure to visit her at the Art World Expo Edmonton on March 16, 2018 happening at the Muttart Conservatory. Limited tickets remain! Get yours today!

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Monika Blichar is an Entrepreneur and Artist. She is owner of Monika’s Art Boutique-Studio & Gallery in North Vancouver and producer of Art World Expo and Painting Dreams International Art Tours. She is always pushing boundaries as an artist and creative entrepreneur. Her love of the arts has been a part of her life since childhood.

Interview with HumbleTara

by Monika Blichar

As we approach the Edmonton event, I find that the level of anticipation and stress increases for everyone involved in making this event happen! From all the little details to the final layouts and line ups, we are all getting ready for a great night! During the time where everything is busy and we are doing a million things at once, it is always great to remember to be “humble and kind” which brings me to my next artist interview with Tara Clelland, aka “Humble Tara”. I caught up with her and she’ll be telling us about what her brand stands for and some of her inspirations. Ford Cabover - Tara Clelland.JPG

1-When did you start making art and when did you know that you wanted to pursue it as a career?

I have been creating whimsical pieces of art for years, privately. I let the world know in the summer 2014. I felt it was too personal to share with anyone. I paint with my heart. It takes a great deal of vulnerability to show the world your soul. I wasn’t ready till 2014.

Making art is a passion for me. If I could do this as a career, I would be on top of the world!!! If I can pay bills and do what I love?? Bonus!!


2-Your art name is “Humble Tara”. What does this name represent to you and your art?

The common theme in my life has been “be humble and kind”. Treat others the way you want to be treated. This world needs kindness and it starts with us. Everyone has a story. Being humble is putting others ahead of yourself.

The intention of my work is to evoke a “reaction”, a “feeling”. The stories I hear from people are truly amazing and inspiring. If I can give that person a “moment”, then I am fulfilled.

Octopus - Tara Clelland.JPG3-You mention that you paint a lot for mental health. How has making art helped you? What would you recommend others to start with if they were looking to use art as therapy?

Yes I use art as my therapy. Like a form of meditation. When I paint I only think about painting. I am present in the moment. Sometimes my anxiety is overwhelming, I shut out the world while I paint what is going on in my head.

My recommendation for others to start their art journey is to JUST DO IT. Get a pad of paper (thick paper is better) and a acrylic palette (like paint by number containers)  and just let your mind flow to your fingers. Do not judge your thoughts or what you create..let it flow. Getting started can be very inexpensive.
Gnomes - Tara Clelland.JPG4-What can guests expect to see at your exhibit? Will you have show specials or contests?

I am bringing a variety of pieces to show the diversity in mixed media. Classic cars, animals and a few abstracts.

Yes I most definitely will have show specials!! Stay tuned to find out!

5-Where would you like to see your art business in five years time? Any big goals or dreams you would like to share?

What I would like my art business to be like in 5 years, is to attend/contribute to more exhibitions across Canada. To have a recognizable brand. Also receiving commissions from patrons looking to capture their beloved vehicles in canvas form.

A dream of mine is to do a VERY large canvas for a patron. The options are limitless.


6-If you could be a superhero, which one would you be and why?

If I was to be a superhero I would most likely be Rogue. She is strong and has the amazing ability to absorb people’s memories via touch. For the people who are suffering, I would take away the pain for them. And of course she can fly!!!

To learn more about Tara’s work, visit her website.

Bio:

I am a self taught artist. I have been doing art my entire life, privately, for my mental health. My first public show was the Edmonton Whyte Avenue Artwalk of 2015. My favourite medium is acrylic. Miscellaneous types of paper and adhesives are a few of my “go to” tools to use in my work. Making 3 dimensional objects into 2 dimensional objects is such a rewarding challenge for me.  I love animals, automobiles, landscapes and just about anything I can create into a whimsical collage of colour.

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Monika Blichar is an Entrepreneur and Artist. She is owner of Monika’s Art Boutique-Studio & Gallery in North Vancouver and producer of Art World Expo and Painting Dreams International Art Tours. She is always pushing boundaries as an artist and creative entrepreneur. Her love of the arts has been a part of her life since childhood.