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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!

Like to Draw? Try Mastermind of Art on the Google Play Store

With the mastermind of art google play application, you can create your very own art work right on your mobile device. Weather you are a skilled drawer or new to artist, you can easily create gorgeous artwork right on your android device.

Download it today for free on the Google Play Store and give it a try!

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mastermindofart.app&hl=en_US

Also dont forget to visit the blog for mastermind of art and learn all about the latest news and trends in the art community.

www.MastermindOfArt.Com  

Call for Vendors!

It’s that time of year again-call for vendors for multiple shows we produce is now open. Are you a painter, jewellery maker, designer or a local business who would like to be part of the Art World Expo family? We cordially invite you to apply to our 2018/2019 shows in Vancouver and Edmonton! Join our group of talented vendors while also joining a community of creatives who support one another throughout the year!

Upcoming shows:

 

Art World Expo Christmas Fair

$60+gst / spot

December 15, 2018

Polish Friendship Society

4015 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC

 

Art World Expo Edmonton

$100+gst / spot

March 15, 2019

Muttart Conservatory

9626 – 96A Street, Edmonton, AB

 

Art World Expo Vancouver-MAIN EVENT

$500+gst / spot for vendors: artisan and business vendors

$100 +gst / body painting competitors

May 10, 2019

Science World

1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC

 

Our Vancouver Event which is happening on May 10, 2019 is our 9th Annual Event and our largest event of the year.

The $500+gst vendor fee includes a 14-30 day gallery show at Monika’s Art Boutique store front location at 3063 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC.

 

ONGOING CALL FOR VENDORS ONE MONTH GALLERY SHOW AT MONIKA’S ART BOUTIQUE AT 3063 LONSDALE AVENUE, NORTH VANCOUVER

Includes one month store front rental and one evening gallery opening.

Cost for non-members: $750+gst

Cost for members who sign up for the Main Event in Vancouver: FREE

 

We invite you to have a look at the vendor registration form HERE. Should you have any questions, please call us at 604 999 6177 during business hours Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm.

Gilda Garza-Mexican Artist Shakes Up Art World

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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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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 Humanitarian Artist Judy Anne D. Galdones

by Monika Blichar

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

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1-When did you start making art?

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

2-What inspires you as an artist?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview with Karen Newman-Studio Forty8

by Monika Blichar
There’s always been something really appealing to me about working with family. The appeal for me is that I get to work with someone I really love and care about and I get to spend more time with family doing something productive that helps all of us. It’s rare to find successful businesses that are family run these days but Karen Newman is making headway by working with her son at Studio Forty8. I caught up with her to learn more about her work and what guests can expect from her at this year’s Art World Expo Edmonton at Muttart Conservatory on March 16, 2018.
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1-When did you start making art?
I have been making art my whole life.  My Dad dabbled a little in painting when I was very young and started me early, to keep me busy I guess.  I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t doing something creative. I had hoped at one time it would be my full time career.  I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from York University,  but after graduating I didn’t feel that commercial work was for me.  I traveled and worked for a bit and then life and family took over and a career in the arts got put on the back burner.  Inspired by my teenage son Dylan, who has aspirations to be a professional artist himself, we started Studio Forty8 three years ago,  and I am back creating art on a regular (although part time) basis.
2-What is your favourite medium and why?
INK-the blacker the better!  I love the control and precision I have with fine liner pens like microns. I have recently started using claybord and am so thrilled with the ability to be able to ‘scratch’ in even finer lines and details than I could ever get with a pen.
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3-You use a lot of black and white in your work. Is there meaning behind the choice to use this combination?
Black and white is my preference purely for aesthetic reasons.  The high contrast and graphic quality of just using black and white really appeals to me.  I am strongly influenced by print makers and by telling a story with only line.   I had a client of mine sum it up perfectly as she admired on of my pieces at a show, she said “sometimes you just don’t need anything but black and white!”
4-What kinds of works will you have for show and sale at Art World Expo Edmonton? Will you have any show specials or contests?
I’m very excited about Art World Expo, the Muttart is a wonderful venue for my nature based work.  I will have original ink drawings on paper and claybord inspired by my backyard (literally).  I will be show casing my ‘Gilded Insect’ series which includes both originals and prints that have be hand tinted with metalic or irradescent inks.  As well, I will have a small preview from the paper product line that I am currently designing. I hadn’t really thought about doing any promotions but I will certainly take it into consideration and see if I can come up with something fun!
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5-Where do you want to see your business in five years?
It’s hard to imagine where this business will be in 5 years.  It was started with my son to help him get a taste of what being a professional artist would be like.  It has been a tremendous learning experience for both of us but in a few years he will be out on his own persuing his dreams and I will have to strike out on my own, too! This will be the first event I am doing without him (since he is under age) so I guess it will be a little taste of what things will be like in the future. I do really hope to be in a position where I can carry on doing this and reinvent myself as a one woman show…Studio Forty9 maybe?
6-Just for fun: What is your favourite childhood memory?
Wow!  Hard to pick specific memory…I would have to say camping trips with my family.  Always lots of adventures, laughs and learning new things!
To learn more about Studio Forty8, visit the Facebook Page and be sure to order your tickets to the Art World Expo Edmonton at the Muttart Conservatory! 

Interview with Edmonton Artist Marty Johnson

By Monika Blichar

It’s exciting to expand Art World Expo. Our latest project in Edmonton is only adding fuel to the fire for making this event stand out from the crowd. Today, I caught up with Edmonton based artist Marty Johnson for MJ Designs to ask about his work and what we can expect from him at our March 16 event in Edmonton!

1-When did you start making art?

Art has always been a part of my life as a creative outlet and a way of procrastinating from things I should have been doing as a child. I chose a profession in massage therapy as I ventured into the ‘real world’ out of school. It wasn’t until a decade later that I felt I had learned what I needed in terms of self motivation to be able to create on a schedule. It was about that time when I started focusing on my art more. I had met some like minded people that wanted to create as well. This and with my training in massage therapy I started to put my creative abilities and comfortableness with bodies together. This was a challenge in the beginning.  These open minded friends helped me venture into body painting. I now have such a wide variety of artistic mediums that I like to work with. Challenging myself to step out of my box has become a way of life with my art. And I love each new challenge as I succeed and fail because that is what growth is.

2-Your project for Canada’s 150th Birthday was amazing! What inspired you to use body paint in this project?

This project was a team effort between myself, a wonderful Photographer Christine Young and a creative Hair stylist Hollie George. Hollie first proposed the idea of a group body paint project. Us 3 met for a creative meeting about ideas and quickly developed into this amazing Canadian Body Paint artwork. As a team we narrowed down what aspects to show for each province. We know there are many beautiful and wonderful things each province has to show but we chose specific aspects that impacted us.

This was a 2 year long project and I specifically wanted to challenge myself more than I had in the past. I wanted artistic poses instead of painting just backs of people. I also decided to include a sunset, daylight and night scenes highlighting different aspects of Canada,  like the beautiful aurora borealis in the northern provinces and territories. As you look at this piece keep in mind that we did not paint each province in sequence. For example BC was painted almost a year apart from AB.

We couldn’t have been happier to complete it on our Nation’s 150th birthday year.

3-What is your favourite medium to work with?

At present I have enjoyed acrylic paint the most but I have not ventured into oils or water colours. Sculpting I have enjoyed sand, snow, ice and foam.

I am a person that loves to try new mediums based on the creative job presented to me. If you ask me the same question next year it may be completely different and that’s what I love about art, we are our only limitation.

4-What kinds of work will you have at the Edmonton Art World Expo? Will you have any show specials?

I will be bringing three different series with me. The Canada Body Paint images of course. A must see! The other two, you’ll have to come check out for yourself. I’ll have originals, prints as well as some products with my art on them so there will be something for anyone.

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

Hmmmm…business and art, what an odd mix. At present I am guest curating a project with the art gallery in my home town. I continue to have doors open up to me that I never even knew existed. It will be a wonderful time these next five years. I love competing. I love creating custom artworks for people. And I love working on my own projects. I believe I am at a cusp of discovery within myself and the direction I am headed. My direction has been more custom work for individuals but I will be creating works of art based more on what moves me. I believe the next five years will have two paths; moving emotional artwork and products as well as competing in more renowned competitions.

6-What advice would you give to emerging artists?

Simply I suggest to try and fail, but try again. Creativity is always a learning process so don’t be afraid to fail. Some of my best lessons I have learned from not succeeding.  Do not ever think you can’t learn more and from many professionals in different fields. Be open to any lesson that is being presented because they are everywhere.

Learn more about Marty on his website and make sure to get your tickets to the event! http://www.mjdesignsart.com/

5 Things You Can Do To Boost Your Art Sales

by Monika Blichar

Let’s face it-the world of painting and sitting back while an agent or gallery sells your art is over! With a large majority of galleries making the move to online sales and closing art houses, it is more important now than ever to become your own art agent and invest in your own sales and marketing strategies. Here are 5 things you can do to boost your art sales! If you enjoy or find these useful, please share and follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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My exhibit at Art World Expo 2017 at Science World. I participate in about 15-20 exhibitions, markets, fairs, and trade shows annually.

1-Professional Branding

This means that you avoid slapping handwritten price tags on art that you want more than a few dollars for and you invest in proper branding! Logo, website, business cards, pamphlets, a portfolio and investing time into social media marketing with your branding. There is nothing worse than seeing gorgeous work without a price (or a handwritten scribble as a tag) out there! Serious collectors and buyers want to see you have taken the time to invest in proper branding and are representing yourself as a professional artist and business owner.

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My new logo for 2018! I have decided to do an entire overhaul for my own brand.

2-Instagram

Instagram is one of the most powerful tools for artists today. When posting, remember to post photos related to your brand-works of art in progress, completed works for sale with prices, art exhibitions, art sales and any contests or awards that you may have won. Instgram is a wonderful place to create your visual portfolio where collectors and buyers can see your work without distractions.  Be sure to remember to comment and connect with people on Instagram, the more you chat with people, the better your chances of building relationships and finding buyers.

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Instagram also does great things like “Best Nine” where you can see which of your photos were the most popular in any given year.

3-Exhibit Your Work

If you haven’t done a show in a while-it’s time! (I recommend at least one show per quarter but of course, if you can manage more-then do it!) The more you are out with your work, the more your brand will be recognized, the more people you will meet and in turn, the more people will think of buying from your or asking for your assistance when they are looking for something. I also recommend opening your studio at peak times in the calendar year including Christmas as well as for holidays like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day Shopping events.

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My paintings and mixed media work as part of a display for a Fashion Show by Blushing Boutique in 2011.

4-Collaborate with Others

For some artists, this seems counter-intuitive. Why would I want to partner with my competition? Well-you don’t partner with someone who makes exactly what you do-you partner with someone who is different! Collaborate with another artisan and promote a special offer online. Find a business to work with and create a special. The possibilities are endless!

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A night to raise awareness for BC Salmon with artists and designers at Sheila Wong Fashion Studio in Vancouver, BC. This opportunity allowed me to work with Jay Peachy and acclaimed artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Collaborations like this have given me great networking opportunities but also life long friends in the arts industry.

5-Start Writing!

This is one of the biggest tools I have learned that helps business in a lot of ways! My recommendation is to first start a blog, offer resources, share ideas, vlogs, and interview artists or business people you admire. Second, create a newsletter and build your mailing list. Third, create a worksheet, EBook, or course about your industry or specific type of art you are making. Last, write for other publications. All of this will help boost your authority in your industry and  connect directly to fans, buyers and clients.

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“You’re Going to Make It-A Creativity Workbook to Help You Make Your Best Art!” was a creativity workbook that I created in 2016 to help my students. It has since sold almost 300 copies and has enabled me to generate passive and ongoing income from a piece of work that I created one time. Buy yours here: HERE

As with anything in business and life, your success depends on yourself. No one is going to do the work for you even if you pay someone! Today’s world is so limitless in possibilities for expansion, marketing, and overall success with the tools that we are given that it is so easy to get yourself out there! Never before have we had this option-what will you do with this possibility? I challenge you to take up your goals this year and kick it up a notch.

“Fortune comes to those who are prepared to work for it.”  

 

Monika Blichar, B.A. & B.C.C.T. University of Victoria

CEO & Founder-MAB Ventures Inc. An Arts & Entertainment Agency

MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery

Art World Expo-Vancouver, Edmonton & Toronto

www.monikablichar.com www.mabartstudio.com www.theartworldexpo.com