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ART WORLD EXPO THANKS YOU FOR 9 YEARS AT SCIENCE WORLD IN VANCOUVER, BC!

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!

WE MADE IT TO OUR 10TH ANNUAL EVENT BECAUSE OF ALL OF YOU, YOUR HARD WORK AND YOUR PATRONAGE FOR THE ARTS IN WESTERN CANADA!

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

THE HANDS OF TIME: THE PAST AND THE FUTURE

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.

 

Ma and Pa WoodArt in Edmonton’s Art World Expo!

by Monika Blichar

Being self taught and starting a business is never easy but there are many people who do this. One of those is Ma and Pa WoodArt who will be joining us at our show on April 12 at the Muttart. I caught up to the duo today and wanted to learn more about what inspires the duo to follow their passion and what they do.

What inspired you to start your business? 

Terry is self taught from a young age and has always loved working with wood.


You make a variety of items. Do you have one in particular that is your personal favourite in your line?  

Although Terry makes different items, his favourite is the scroll saw art.

 

Are you currently selling in any locations in Edmonton or beyond? Where can people purchase your works?

Ma and Pa WoodArt products can be found at the St. Albert Farmers Market and 124 Grand Market.

This is your first time in an Art World Expo event. What would you like guests to know most about you and your craft?

Terry creates items that are one of a kind and uses the natural beauty of the wood as a decorative item or for practical use.

 

Will you have any show specials or never before seen work at this event? 

We have 5 unique scroll saw art items that are one of a kind and limited.

 

Just for fun! If you won the lottery tomorrow and was awarded a million dollars, what would you do?

If we won a million dollars, we would love to travel more!

Ma and Pa WoodArt was created to offer unique and innovative designs in cutting boards / serving platters / home decor.  Experience a delicious and appetizing moment when presenting your edibles on these beautiful works of art.  Our unique WoodArt is made to be a decorative item or for practical use.  Display these items as art on the wall or use it as a serving tray or charcuterie board while entertaining.

To see more, visit their FACEBOOK PAGE or INSTGRAM! Be sure to get your tickets to the show today and find the owners of Ma and Pa WoodArt Corinne & Terry Olinek at the event! April 12, 2019 at the Muttart Conservatory.

Knitter Kritter at Art World Expo Edmonton

by Monika Blichar
I’ve always been interested in knitting. There’s something really special about; it brings back memories of childhood and adds a really warm touch whenever you get a pair of knitted gloves or a tuque. Today, I caught up with Kelsey Koon from The Knitter Kritter in Edmonton and chatted about her work, her inspiration and her process.
What is The Knitter Kritter?
The Knitter Kritter is kind of my business persona; I chose the name so the shop’s initials would match my own: KK. I like to think of it as the type of boutique storefront where you could find something really special and unique, knowing for sure that it was made by the person you’re buying it from. Everything I sell is handmade by me, and it is all limited-edition and one-of-a-kind! I try to rotate in a few new designs or products every few months or so, so there will always be something new and interesting on offer. I specialize in high-quality knitted accessories and embroidery art, though I am always experimenting with new techniques, new products, and new designs. I also try to use or reuse as much of my materials as possible: many of my items are made with remnants and remainders, since I just can’t bring myself to waste anything. Coming up with the perfect project for my little bits and pieces is kind of like a fun puzzle for me. I really take my tagline, “fine handmade gifts”, to heart!
What is it about creating that inspires you?
I am really inspired by seeing the item progress. I always have a picture in my head of what it will look like when it is finished, but seeing it take shape is always a magical experience. Sometimes my craft surprises me! It’s always very fulfilling to see the finished object at the end of the process, regardless of how well it matches up to that pre-imagined picture. I think anyone who has made something in their life will relate to the little warm-fuzzy feeling of accomplishment in the finished project, and no matter how many items I make, I still get that little thrill from seeing it come to life and being involved in that process.
What are your favourite things to make?
My favourite items would have to be my one-of-a-kind lacework knitted scarves. I really get a kick out of matching up the colorways of the hand-painted yarns to the intricate lace patterns I use, and seeing the color patterning complement the pattern. Blocking the lace (setting the pattern by dampening the finished product and allowing it to dry flat) is always the best part, because up until that point, it can be a little hard to get a full sense of how the finished piece will look. After blocking, though, you can really see the lacework open up and the yarn bloom and it makes the whole piece really pop!
As far as a business owner of a crafts company, what are your goals for your brand this year?
I’d really like to find some new selling venues (either in-person or online) to market my products in. It always makes me so happy to have one of my items go home with someone who loves it, and I would like to find opportunities for all of my products to connect with people who love them! I’ve also been enjoying making some more connections on social media, so I would like to continue to expand in that arena as well. Being able to spend more time on creating is also an aspiration of mine, so one goal is to set aside time to spend on crafting new, unique handmade products.
Will you have any show specials at this year’s Art World Expo in Edmonton?
I’m planning on bringing at least one surprise show-stopper for the Expo! This will be a brand new handmade product that I haven’t yet offered for sale on the shop, so the attendees at the Art World Expo will get first crack at it!
What would you tell an aspiring crafts person about starting a handmade business?
I think my biggest piece of advice would be to enjoy your process. When I started out, I was very worried about the end result of my crafting, i.e., whether or not the item would sell. But as things went on, I learned that the process of creating is really the most important thing. It’s nice if you are able to share your work with someone who appreciates it, but ultimately, your art and your process is a reflection of you, and it’s important to love that as well. Enjoy seeing your work take shape as you make it!
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Edmonton-here we come!

Did you know that ART WORLD EXPO 2019-Edmonton Official Page is coming up on March 15, 2019? This will be our second production in Edmonton with Art World and this year is set to be amazing! The talent in Alberta is amazing!

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We have tickets available here: https://theartworldexpo.com/attend-event-3/

Vendor applications here:
https://theartworldexpo.com/exhibitor-information/

Be an affiliate, sell tickets and make extra money! Sign up here: https://theartworldexpo.com/affiliate-sales-team/

In addition, if you are an Alberta business owner, we would love to get you involved as a sponsor! Auction item donation and sponsorship opportunities in exchange for marketing at the event or on social media are all options. Do you have a store in Edmonton, a business or a service you would like to promote to our guests, vendors and followers? Send us a message if you’re interested or if you have a recommendation of someone we should connect to! Check out: https://theartworldexpo.com/sponsorship/

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.