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Emerging Transformed-Ania Telfer at AWE Edmonton

By Monika Blichar

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

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What inspires you to make art?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

What’s in a camel’s hump?

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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!

Top 3 Reasons to Exhibit at the Art World Expo Shows!

Whether you are an artist or business, we want to help you at our events this year! Join the Art World Expo family today! Gain a spot on our roster and gain a whole new family too! 

#1 Reach new markets! 

Every year, we work hard to get thousands of people to our events in British Columbia and Alberta! Not only do we see lots of new guests attending our shows each year, we also offer free admission to our Christmas Fair so that guests do not have to buy tickets at all! Since 2010, we have seen over 20,000 people attend our various shows in Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto! Pretty amazing! This doesn’t even include our mailing list features, social media followers or online events that we host either!

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Line ups each year at the Vancouver show at Telus World  of Science! Get your ticket early! 
#2 As a vendor, you get support! 

Our mission is to continually help our members grow their business. We know it can be hard to be an artist out there and we pride ourselves as being one of the only shows in North America with an extensive services menu for artists which includes things like a vendor only membership group, advertising in our newsletter, one on one coaching calls or meetings monthly as well as support on social media! We also host Art World Expo Speaker Series every few months! These are free events for our members to learn about all sorts of things related to business! Learn more about our membership benefits here!

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Billie Sinclair came to speak in May 2018 and we had a Social Media Training in August 2017. We have an array of opportunities for vendors to learn how to grow and get better at business all year round! These sessions are always free for members! 

#3 Brand Recognition 

When you show your work in one of our events, you gain ongoing brand recognition year round! We post event photos of all of our vendors, body painters, performers and business booths after the event which stay up indefinitely! We also do cool things like post your photo on our social media throughout the year including tags to your page, share your work on our Facebook cover albums, feature your upcoming events in our membership group or newsletter and if we can, we do live interviews with you via cool marketing with other well known brands. Check out what we did with Genesis Richmond this past spring on our Youtube Channel. Here’s our cool Interview with Carolyn Bruce Designs! She’s amazing by the way!

We pride ourselves in not only putting on exciting events that appeal to a variety of guests, but also to our continued dedication to the arts professionals and businesses who participate in our events. We have been offering these shows and services for almost a DECADE and aren’t planning on stopping anytime soon! We have worked with some amazing artists, brands and corporations who continuously support our shows and we want to help you succeed as a business too!

Looking forward to seeing you at the shows this season!

Call us today to book your booth or fill in the online form here today!

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.

 

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 Edmonton’s Soft Touch Photography

by Monika Blichar

Photography has to have an artistic eye behind it to stand out these days. After all, anyone with a smart phone can shoot and edit photos from their phones instantly today! When I saw Soft Touch Photography’s work come through on our submissions for our Edmonton show, I was excited because their photos not only capture the essence of a fleeting moment, but they are colourful, attractive and intriguing. Today, I caught up with Soft Touch Photography to learn more about their process.

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1-What is Soft Touch Photography?  When did you form your company?

Soft Touch Photography is a photography business runner by my husband and I, we formed our company in 2013, and had started as a dream, and now has developed into a reference only business and hopefully in the future more

2-You work with your husband. What are the best things about working together?

The best thing of working with my husband is that we compliment each other, we have fun, and keep each other focus and working towards something different that will take us outside the box, to create beautiful images and memories for our clients.

3-What kinds of things are your favourite to photograph and why?

This is a fun question because I love to photograph people and my husband loves outdoor photography.  This works great for us because he is the one that finds the spots to do those amazing images that we sometimes are fortunate to have.

4-What kinds of products will you be selling and promoting at the Art World Expo Edmonton on Friday night?

We are going to be selling some of our most favourite prints.

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

We see our photography business growing and being able for one of us to be full time in a studio someday soon.

6-Just for fun: Who is your favourite photographer and why?

My favourite is BARON STUDIO https://youtu.be/VQVZhEBdTT4the reason why is because of their creativity.

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Learn more about Soft Touch Photography on their Facebook Page.

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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 Barbara Mitchell

 by Monika Blichar
It’s always very exciting to meet artists who push boundaries and really go for it creatively. Barbara Mitchell is one of those kinds of artists. She mixes, changes, adds and alters things that we wouldn’t normally think of to create really wonderful and unique pieces of works. She is also an avid teacher and welcomes all kinds of people to take her workshops. I caught up with her today to learn more about her process and her work.
 

When did you start to make art?

I began doing acrylic mixed media in 2008. Never having done any form of artwork before that, I was surprised to find out that I loved the outpouring of the creative muse on the canvas, which was different than how I had expressed myself previously. Ever since quite young, I had always written articles and stories,  but mainly poetry, and I was blessed in having been published many times. Writing was my expression.
But in 2005 my mom died and from then on, words became too heavy and so I was looking for a new way to say what needed saying. Art is a wonderful way to do this because one can disengage from emotion and just paint with feeling, whereas for writing, one must be involved fully, emotionally, so that the words can make it to the page in the manner we want them to be heard/read.
I went on from acrylic painting to encaustics to water-media to many forms of mixed media…alcohol inks on tile and yupo paper, shadowboxes, mix media ladies, altered bottles, jewelry…and it continues to this day, always changing things up. I  create late into the night, and because I am retired, I paint all day too! How lucky can a gal be!!
 
You are teaching workshops – can you tell us about your programs and how people can sign up?
In my studio I hold many women’s classes focusing on art, techniques, demos, but we enjoy a lot of sharing and camaraderie also. I do instruct outside my studio too, and have been blessed to teach frequently at the Treasured Memories Scrapbook Store, Camrose Chuck MacLean Art Center, Central Lion’s Senior Center,  North Edmonton Senior’s Association and Smeltzer House, along with visits to Calgary where I have taught also. Recently I enjoyed a day-partnership with Darlene Madden from Inspiro Mix Media Works,  co-instructing with her in her own studio in St. Albert…I led the group in poetry, Darlene guided us making spirit boxes. We will be adventuring again, together in this, on March 10th.
You can contact me by email :  brjn@shaw.ca 
Or by phone/text – 780-289-2121
It is best when you just contact me with your interests and tell me what day or weekend works for you. I get back to everyone and send images by email of my workshops and what you can expect. I do a lot by word of mouth, or when I am at markets, shows, gallery showings or teaching, I hand out brochures.
I teach alchohol inks on tile (tile whimsy), vases, cupboard doors also  “art in the round” where we take upcycled light fixtures and turn them into beautiful globes that come with a stand. They are decorative and usually displayed indoors, though I have found they can sit outside in a covered area if there is no direct sunlight. Alcohol inks though brilliant in color, will, like anything, fade quickly in hot direct sun.
I love teaching altered bottles, mix media ladies, encaustics, tissue painting and acrylic such as The Socerer’s Forest (shown above), and lately I am instructing alot of pour workshops where we utilize acrylics in our pours but mix it up with other yummy ingredients.

You say you are an experimental artist. Can you tell us what that means?

Experimental to me, means I am not bound or guided by rules. If it is suggested not to mix two ingredients together, then likely I will want to pursue it just to see what effects I can get. Most often I am very pleased. It might mean painting on cupboard doors instead of canvas, mirrors instead of wood, integrating leather and lace in a perhaps “conventional”  painting, which then makes it more avante garde and not so conventional.
I guess in a tiny way, I am a rule breaker.  I do follow some fundamentals of basic art principals, like using the right brush to create clouds, or the right watercolor brush for a certain watercolor affect, but generally I am happy “dancing in a pot of paint” creating my own adventures, that I then share with the public at markets and workshops.
Dancing in a Pot of Paint is my website name which I hold onto and pay for, but no longer have the actual website. After being severely hacked a couple of years ago, I just didn’t quite find the time to put myself back out there….so I guess I am also ‘experimenting’ with having no website and no social media. But the experience has shown me I am very busy by word of mouth and I email a lot with potential seekers of art and workshops, by just sending my photos and information through the one-on-one channel of communication.
For me, it works.
It would not be everyone’s way to go.
 
Will you have any show specials, promotions or exclusive offers for Art World Expo Edmonton attendees on March 16 at the Muttart?
I do have a draw at my table where I give away an art item I created. Please stop by, say hello, enjoy the art and put your name in!
I will be showcasing many of my tile art pieces and will have an “Art World Expo special”  where anyone who purchases two tile art can have a third at half price.
 
I will also have many of my altered bottles on display as well as a few mix media ladies and my curved glass pieces.
Where would you like to see your art/business in 5 years?
In all honesty I am very happy where I am at now.   I love to hold the classes while people wish for them and the interest is there. But I also love time for my kids and family and friends, travelling and enjoying my yard/garden. So I re-evaluate each six months or so, and change things up according to how I feel at the time.
Certainly in five years time I still want to be creating, enjoying color, and dancing with the muse!
Just for fun:  If you could interview any artist living or deceased, who would it be and why?
I would wish to interview Rumi. He was a poet and sufi mystic, born 1207 and died 1273, whose treasures of wisdom and colorful insight offer me constant poetic uplifting. His poems make me think, ponder some more, want to change the way I live my life, embrace all things good and beautiful and find joy in the not so happy moments as well.
I would want to ask him….who did you love that you write of such joy…and such sorrow? Where did you walk that you know not only the beauty of the landscape but the inner landscape of emotion of the heart and soul as well? What pictures did you draw in your own mind that you can so readily impact me 870 years later, with your simple but profound language and make me paint beautiful and invigorating artwork, just by reading your words?
To learn more about Barbara Mitchell, send her an email or visit her at the show! You can’t find her online so you must be sure to get a ticket for the show on March 16, 2018! See you there!

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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 Emily Lozeron

by Monika Blichar
Nature is one of the most important things we have but often the one we appreciate the least. With all of our fancy technology and advances in transportation and industry, nature and the environment have long been suffering as a result.
One thing that I have come to value deeply in the arts is the ability aritsts have to give meaning and share important messages via their work. From pop songs to photography to paintings and poetry, artists of all sorts have been sharing important messages about our world for centuries. Today, I caught up with Emily Lozeron who stands for nature in her work. She is a member of Artists for Conservation and through her work is able to raise funds for conservation. Here’s what she has to say about being a full time artist and her inspiration.
1-When did you know that you wanted to be a professional artist?
I knew from a child that I wanted to be an artist.  It seems that life sometimes creates detours and I pursued art as a hobby for several years as I became a nurse.  But my passion for painting won out and I couldn’t ignore the fact that being a full time artist was what I truly wanted to do.  I have been blessed to be able dedicate my time to painting for the past couple years.
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2-Your work features a lot of Canadian animals. What inspires you to paint animals?
I grew up on a farm in Northern Alberta and spent a significant amount of time out with nature and animals.  I feel the most at peace in nature.  I love to hear the birds chirping and watching animals in nature.   When hiking through the forest or camping, it seems like all stress and difficulties fade away.  I can live in the moment and experience nature with my family.  The sights, sounds and smells. It doesn’t get any better then that.
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3-You are a member of Artists for Conservation. Can you tell us a little about the organization and also what your role is within the group?
Artists for Conservation is a worldwide organization that is dedicated to artists and conservation.  Our world is fragile and takes effort to keep it as beautiful as it is now.  I am a signature artist in AFC and donate a portion of sales of paintings to a conservation organization. It is a juried organization and every year has a juried show that includes artists from around the world.  I am very honored to have been juried into the show several times, and the paintings tour around the United States and China.
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4-What is the best part of being an artist? What would you say to an emerging artist?
The best part of being an artist is being able to do something I absolutely love.  It takes a lot of work to get to the point of selling and being an artist, but worth it to do what you love.  I was just talking with an artist and our conversation was “Just Paint!!! A lot!!!”.  It takes effort to dedicate time to painting, but soon it turns into an obsession that is difficult to ignore.  Plus the fact that I have set my studio up in the living room so that I am always surrounded by it.  I’m always reminded that I am in the middle of a painting.  I would also say to surround yourself with artists who are like minded and who are encouraging and keep you reminded of the end goal.  Which, for me, is to continue painting what I love.  Some of my artist friends have completely different mediums and styles.  It keeps me striving for new ideas and pushes me to try new things.
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5-What can guests expect from your exhibit at Art World Expo Edmonton? Will you have any show specials, contests or limited edition pieces for sale at this event?
People can expect to see paintings that represent what I love and experience.  I hope to share with others what makes nature so special to me and encourage others to see nature in a new and beautiful way.  All the paintings that I have at the show will be originals.  I do plan to have a draw at the show for a small painting.  Everyone who joins up on Facebook and/or Instagram will get a to have a ballot for the draw.
6-Where would you like your business to be in five years time?
I hope that my business continues to grow over the next couple of years.  I plan to dedicate my time to increasing where I am showing my paintings.
7-Just for fun: What is your favourite travel destination and why?
Oh boy it would be easier to say where wouldn’t be my favorite destination.  My husband always makes fun of me because everytime I hear of a place to go, I want to go there.  I live in Northern Alberta so anywhere that is warmer then here is a desireable place to go.

EMILY LOZERON BIOGRAPHY

Emily lives near Grande Prairie, ab. She grew up on a farm in northern Alberta, where she first discovered her love for the outdoors and animals. She started drawing at an early age and loved to draw the horses and animals that lived on the farm. Eventually Emily ventured into watercolors and oils, but discovered that acrylic is the medium that gives her the flexibility and desired effect that she prefers. Emily’s main subject matter is wildlife and landscapes. Her goal is to achieve an accurate likeness and maintain the character of her subject while also giving an artistic effect to the painting. She does not look for the perfect or the beautifully manicured subject, but loves what makes the subject unique; the scar on the leaf, the rusted barbwire, the wrinkled face or the shedding of a winter coat of fur in the spring. Her inspiration is the beauty of nature and hopes that she can share what she sees to others, through her artwork.

Emily is a signature member of Artists for Conservation @ http://www.natureartists.com and her artwork has been juried into international shows in Vancouver with the organization. As well her painting has accepted into the international juried exhibit in Wausau Wisconsin in the “Birds in Art” at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
and also has been displayed at the Cloverdale Rodeo, Langley BC and at The Calgary Stampede. Emily is a member of Grande Prairie Guild of Artists. Her artwork can been seen online at www.emilylozeron.com or on Facebook at Emily Lozeron Painting.

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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 Danyella Axani

by Monika Blichar
One of my favourite kinds of art is POP ART. It allows us to step into all things popular in our culture but also into new interpretations of them. What I love about POP ART is that it is bold, colorful, and full of life. I’ve been long inpsired by Warhol and Lichtenstein and can still remember the first time I saw a real Lichtenstein in person at the Seattle Art Museum. For me, POP ART says a lot about our current reality and as with any good art, it also moves you and inspires you to think about the message behind the work. 
Today, I caught up with Danyella Axani who attracted me to her work because she is using cultural phenomenons in her work to develop her style and platform. Her work as an illustrator and designer have proven to showcase talent and amusement but also depict pop culture and intertwine what is concrete and imaginary within her work. Ultimately, she allows the viewer to distinguish reality and imagination.  
 
1-When did you start making art? 
 
As far back as I can remember I have always had a need to create, draw or paint pictures. The need to be creative is such a large part of who I am. I have always loved drawing people. It is one childhood comfort I never out grew, like a ratty old comfort blanket, no one quite understands why this makes me happy. Never the less, it is a part of who I am and I will never let it go.  GWTW5x7 - Danyella Axani.jpg
2-You are obviously inspired by fairy tales and well known characters from stories and movies. Is there a reason you have such an affinity for this subject matter? 
 
What can I say…I’m a bit of a fan girl,  I love watching movies and briefly escaping into another world, identifying with the heroine. I also love steampunk fashion. I wanted my princesses to show strength, sassiness and confidence, so I thought Steampunk inspired princesses would be the way to go. 
3-What kinds of work will you have at the Art World Expo? 
I will be showing my series of Illustrated steampunk inspired fairy tale princess available in prints, stickers, bookmarks and buttons. I will also be showing my acrylic paintings.    Jasmine
4-What is your favourite thing about being a visual artist? 
 
There are two favourite things actually…I love seeing the joy it brings to the people around me. The recognition of someone’s face lighting up because they like something that I have created is amazing. Secondly, I love the inspiration I get from other artists. I can spend all day at Galleries, Art/craft expos and see all the amazing talent that flows out of people and talk to the artists about their technique and what inspires them. Repunzel
5-Where do you want to see your art business in five years time? 
 
Time will tell. All I know is I will continue to share my art with the world around me. 
 
6-Just for fun: What character would you be if you had to choose one? 
 
Princess Jasmine for sure. Having a pet tiger as your confidant, going on a trip around the world with your true love…not to mention being friends with Genie. That would be pretty fun.
For more information about Danyella, please visit www.danyellaaxani.com

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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 Nitasha Costa

by Monika Blichar

Every so often, I find myself contemplating other realms, parrellel worlds and questionning what happens in the afterlife. What does it all mean really? Do dreams tell us something? Are there aliens or angels? What happens after we die? I’m sure many of us think about many of these mysteries-sometimes being drawn into Netflix series, fantasy novels or even stories our friends or family swear are true.

Today’s interview is with Nitasha Costa, also known as L0velydoodles. Her work forces her audience to analyze those very questions we all ask ourselves and close friends and family about what’s out there. Through her work, she inspires playful thoughts about the universe while being deeply rooted in the questions that lie inside all of us. Here’s what she had to say about her work, imagination, and stepping into other worlds.

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1-What is your style? You say that you are a surreal automatist?

My style is quite abstract fantasy in nature. I would say that it is the closest to Surreal Automatism because my drawings have no intention other than allowing my imagination to wander. Surreal Automatism is when the artists suppresses the conscious mind allowing an artist’s unconscious mind to connect to its own imagination and creativity. When I allow my mind to be still and focus on the lines and curves of drawing it displays creatures, alternate realms, and emotions. Through this process, I find myself often looking at my drawings with curiosity.

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2-When did you start creating the female alien that is represented in your work?
The female character in the drawings became visual once I became more intensively invested into creating art. When she is present in the artwork it gives the art a more emotional feeling that individuals can connect to. I was unconsciously immersing myself into the realms, creatures, feelings and connecting in some fashion. I have only recently discovered that I created this female as an extension of myself. She was never pre meditated or planned, but I find myself drawing her in more and more pieces. I believe that she is a symbol of how our minds are able to create monsters, situations and certainties that we subconsciously make to exist in our current reality.
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3-What can guests expect to see at your exhibition? Will you have show specials or contests?

I have multiple prints of my artwork framed and ready to go. The collection I am showcasing will be a mixture of 2017 drawings and some new 2018 drawings. I have approximately 20 pieces I will be showcasing. On top of that, I always have a draw that allows guests to have a chance at winning a free print in frame of my choosing, so stop by the booth and ENTER! I always love receiving feedback and insight it when people give me their interpretations of the art I draw. I believe that all artists enjoy this aspect of showcasing their artwork.

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4-You say you are inspired by mythology and fantasy. Do you have a favourite tale? If so, what is the summary?

I am inspired by fantasy and mythology as it has been a gateway for individuals for years upon years in many cultures. Fantasy is a big hit in the gaming world, children’s books, artists, even in movies for all age groups. It is quite a large genre and can be found absolutely everywhere. In mythology there are often warriors and gods that take on tribulations that cause for the hero’s journey. Engaging in struggles with their environment, grotesque beings, the unknown, the known, temptation, and rebirth and life choices. I find that my artwork portrays this same idea, that all of us as individuals are on a journey that engages us on becoming our true powerful selves. My art is always fun, intriguing, unsettling and sensual to look at.

5-Where would you like to see your art business in the next five years? 26731192_1700187926710833_6544827843501329406_n - Nitasha Costa.jpg

In the next five years I would love to see my artwork on the walls of homes, businesses and high traffic buildings. The intention of my artwork is to make peoples imagination wander and go on adventures. My artwork being displayed in places where the everyday hussle and bussle is present would be ideal for the purpose of my art. I want people to look at my artwork and immerse themselves into imagination, everyone needs imagination and I feel my artwork opens that door. In that moment you become absorbed by the odd but lovely story, pondering and feeling the influences the drawing imprint.

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6-Just for fun: You are inspired by other realms and the possibility of other life forms. If you had the choice, would you leave this world to go live in another? What would that world look like?

 

For Fun, if I had a choice to leave this existence and travel to the next freely, yes, I would. I often find myself with my head in the clouds, imagining these foreign places and startling forms that I create. I truly do wish that I could physically immerse myself into my drawings, I think it would be incredible to experience. I do find myself having to ground myself, taking notice to what is currently and physically in front of me. I am not in that realm, but I can visit it unconsciously every once and awhile when I begin to draw.

To learn more about Nitasha’s work, visit her Facebook Page where you are sure to find inspiration, imagination and an opportunity to step into another world. Be sure to get your ticket to the March 16 Art World Expo Edmonton event at the Muttart Conservatory 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.