art world expo

Meet Michigan-based artist Lauren Bigelow

Artwork name: “Fly”
Graphite on paper
16″ x 24″

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Michigan-based artist Lauren Bigelow pairs detailed, lifelike images with abstract, expressive elements. Her work combines the controlled nature of representational art with the dynamic qualities of geometric and intuitively-drawn lines and shapes. Her contrasting approaches to drawing suggest the importance of both careful observation and creative innovation in our modern world.

As a sophomore at Pennsylvania State University, Lauren is working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Multimedia Design. In addition to continuing her fine art career, she plans to expand her creative audience by becoming a graphic designer.

 

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!
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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

5 Days Away-8th Annual Art World Expo Happening Friday, May 11, 2018 in Vancouver!

Art World Expo is THIS FRIDAY!

Only happens once a year! 

Thank you for supporting independent artists, designers and local businesses. When you purchase tickets to our event, you directly support people in our community.
Sonia Burke Smith-Borreal Artist Institute is coming all the way from Fort McMurray, Alberta!

ART WORLD EXPO

Vancouver’s 8th Annual Event! 
 
May 11, 2018
Telus World of Science
Downtown Vancouver
8TH ANNUAL EVENT FEATURING OVER 100 ARTISTS!
THEME: ECO-SUSTAINABILITY 

FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2018-VANCOUVER EVENT
Our Edmonton event SOLD OUT this year, don’t miss Vancouver’s event!

DRESS CODE: NATURAL AND ECO-FASHION 
Get inspired to make an upcylced outfit or that hat out of plastic bags you’ve always wanted to make! Our goal is to raise awareness for the environment and our ecosystem this year!

TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE-VANCOUVER, BC

MAY 11, 2018

HOURS: 7:30 PM – 12:30 AM

Last call 11:45 PM

THIS IS A 19+ ONLY EVENT

PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED

Official Sponsors:
Twin Peaks Construction
Fresh Magazine
Aveda Institutes Canada
Art by Edy
Coastal Storm Gallery
Cariboo Brewing
Make and Break Arts Foundation
Monika’s Art Boutique-Studio & Gallery
Painting Dreams International Art Tours

Food Vendors:
Zeina’s Chocolate Boutique
Mike’s Perfect Perogys
Hot Arusha Healthy & Spicy
Whisk Premium Matcha
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!

SUBSCRIBER TICKET SPECIAL
50% OFF TICKETS! GET YOUR TICKET
HERE for only $25+gst
Regular admission is $50+gst 
Limited tickets remain! Order yours today! 
 
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 
March 15, 2019-Art World Expo Edmonton 
May 10, 2019-Art World Expo Vancouver 
Register HERE.
Monika’s Art Boutique-Studio & Gallery
3063 Lonsdale Avenue 
North Vancouver, BC 
604 999 6177 
 
This week our hours are:
Tuesday & Wednesday
12:00-4:00pm 
Thursday-Sunday we are closed for ART WORLD EXPO! 
See you there! 
 
New Show: Monika’s Art Boutique Presents Steampunk & Statement Jewellery
We have enjoyed the West Coast Native Art Collection show at our studio and gallery over the last 30 days! Your last chance to come in and take a look at the jewellery, masks and carvings! Show is closing Wednesday!
Some great jewellery pieces still available in time for Mother’s Day!
View the Event Page for Image of the Pieces! 
Thank you to everyone who has supported the show. Our next event opens on Wednesday, May 16 and will be featuring Carolyn Bruce Steampunk & Statement Jewellery Designer from Vancouver! You’re all invited! Visit the Event Page

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.

Interview with Copper Paw Designs-Meow!

by Monika Blichar

There’s a lot that I respect about people who can sew. First, they can fix, alter, hem or update a lot of their own clothes which is super cool. Second, they can create new designs and pieces that no one else has, which is also super cool. Last, they are carrying with them an art form that for me, feels like it is slipping away from mainstream society. I mean, how many people do you know you can actually sew and design?

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My dog Gianni in Copper Paw Designs

Today, I caught up with Laura Fader from Copper Paw Designs. I met her in 2017 and she participated in our Christmas Fair selling her hand made harnesses and bandannas for pets. If you know me, you’ll know that I LOVE my dogs and that I have never been shy about dressing them up or giving them fun accessories. (My Pomeranian Gianni I think is actually more obsessed with clothes than I am!)  Laura will be showing and selling again at our main event and for you pet lovers out there, this is a great opportunity to either find something for your pet from a pet fashionista or even ask for a commission for your furry friend!

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My dogs Odie and Atlas in Copper Paw Designs!

1-When did you start Copper Paw Designs?

It is coming up on two years this summer.
2-What do you make and what services do you offer?
I started off just making walking harnesses for my cats and then it expanded to rabbits, small dogs, and even guinea pigs! After a few requests I added bow ties and bandannas to the mix as well.
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3-Do you have a pet of your own?
I have three crazy Bengal cats. Remy, Luna and Rocket.
4-Do you have a favourite aspect about designing for animals?
 I love the fact that my harnesses allow animals to get out on adventures and explore places they otherwise may not have been able to see.
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5-Where do you see your business in 5 years time?
I would love to see my products in a few pet stores in the future
6-Just for fun: If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
I would build a huge outdoor enclosure for my cats and would probably go on a fabric shopping spree for myself. You can never have enough fabric!
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To learn more about Copper Paw Designs, visit www.copperpawdesigns.ca  and be sure to visit her at our 8th annual Art World Expo on May 11, 2018 at Science World. Our event is not to be missed this year-get your tickets 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.

Art World Expo: Artists in Cars-Carolyn Bruce Designs

by Monika Blichar

Humble. Shy. Sweet. Thoughtful. Courteous. Generous. Hidden Gem. 

When I think of Carolyn Bruce, these are the words that first come to my mind. She is not only a wonderful soul who beats to her own drum in the Vancouver arts scene, she is truly one of the nicest, most thoughtful and caring people you will meet. I remember when she first came to my old studio on Pemberton Avenue in North Vancouver in 2013 or so to show me her work to be juried for the Art World Expo. She lugged this big black trunk looking luggage case up the stairs and was so quiet and reserved. She was so still and her accent reminded me of a sweet aunt growing up-perhaps Mary Poppins kind of too. When she opened her case, I was stunned. (Literally, I think my jaw hit the floor with a thud as I set my gaze on her wondrous, magical and other-worldly creations.) I had to look back at her a few times because I couldn’t grasp that this sweet lady who was so polite and courteous could make these wild designs, over the top trinkets and fancy contraptions. It was like seeing the work of Mr. Hyde while Dr. Jekyll was presenting..not sure if that’s the right order for those guys, but I think you know what I mean!

Since then, I’ve grown fond of working with Carolyn. She is one of those rare people who is so generous with her time, resources and work it restores your faith back into humanity. Carolyn has participated in our event for four years now and each year, she supports our event by telling others to attend or participate, donating works to the auctions, baking cookies for volunteer meetings and even making dog treats for our dogs. She knows we are busy and doesn’t want to leave the dogs feeling unloved when we are crazy! It’s truly just amazing how much she thinks of others and making sure that everyone feels good in her presence.

One day Carolyn, I know you will be a big eclectic creative billionaire right up there with Louis Vuitton and Lady Gaga! You’re one person that I know truly deserves it not only because you’re ferociously creative (often lacking sleep making beautiful things for clients and shows) but also one genuine person in the Art World. Stay that way forever! XO

Enjoy our interview together in this Genesis Richmond G-80 Sport courtesy of Genesis Richmond’s Jennifer Friesen. Thank you Project Her Inc. for supporting our community of artists.

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Art World Expo-Artists in Cars with Sarah, Lynn, Aidan and Pampadour the Giraffe

by Monika Blichar

Interviewing people in the Genesis G-80 the last couple of weeks has been incredible. Not only did I have the opportunity to learn more about the people who are participating in Art World Expo more, I also enjoyed riding around in a sweet luxury ride for two weeks! Boy did heads turn-people just seem to love the look of this car and haven’t been afraid to ask questions about what it is! It’s been really great and not just because of the whole new luxury car thing, it’s been really special because of the relationships that these video interviews have nurtured.

Today I caught up with Sarah, Lynn and Aidan who have been painting in my studio for a few years. During the spring last year, Sarah brought in an image of Pampadour from the Vancouver Zoo. I investigated a little more and found the original article from The Province which is headlined “The Fight Against Animal Extinction”. Though the argument to have or not to have zoos has been a hot topic for many years, the article explains that habitat loss and population decline have placed giraffes as ‘vulnerable’ on the International Union for the Conservation of the Nature’s (IUCN) official watch list.

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This year, our event theme is “Eco-Sustainability” is at the forefront of our efforts to raise awareness for our environment and nature through the arts. As mentioned earlier, Sarah has been painting in our space for a few years now and I have always known her to paint meaningful works. Animals have been mostly what she has worked on with us. Together, we are going to host a painting party in the summer hopefully at the zoo as well as sell some merchandise featuring Pampadour. Proceeds will not only support conservation efforts via the zoo but also support a local artist with a vision and message about supporting wildlife and animals. Check out the latest Artists in Cars video to hear more from her as well as Lynn and Aidan who also paint with us and who are as equally as talented and supportive of each other’s works.

To help support Pampadour, order a card featuring Sarah’s painting via our boutique website here. You can also order capris and a beanie too! To be placed on our Pampadour Painting Party wait list, please register to be notified here.

 

To learn more about the Greater Vancouver Conservation efforts visit their website. To learn more about the Genesis G-80, get in touch with our Genesis Experience Manager Jennifer Friesen. Thank you to Project Her for supporting this project. Tickets to the 8th annual Art World Expo are available here. Be sure to attend and dress in Eco-Friendly attire or makeyour own upcycled outfit!

Art World Expo: Artists in Cars-Brad from The Giggle Dam Theatre

by Monika Blichar

I always love meeting new artists from all kinds of backgrounds. In February, my family and I went to The Giggle Dam Theatre in Port Coquitlam for my father-in law’s birthday celebration. We all had a great time and as soon as I got home, I sent an email to Brad Lovell who works as a performer and the marketing manager there. I thought that somehow, the theatre could get involved with our organization in some way and bring even more light to artists pursuing their passions.

I caught up with Brad on Friday and had the pleasure of interviewing him in the Genesis G-80 from Genesis Richmond‘s Genesis Jenn. Here’s what he had to say about the theatre and following your passion!

Enter to win two tickets to an upcoming show with dinner by tagging two friends on our Facebook post below. Winner will be announced on April 6, 2018! Good luck!

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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.