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Art World Expo Christmas Fair! 

Tomorrow we invite you all to our Christmas Fair at 4015 Fraser Street in Vancouver, BC. 

Over 50 participating Artisans, vendors, and designers who are selling a variety of goods and services! Art, fashion, jewellery, home decor, knitting, make up, skin care, health and wellness, desserts, and so much more! Finish all your shopping, support local and even enjoy lunch with us! Best part is that we invite all ages and it’s free to attend! We have 100 swag bags for the first 100 people too-great items inside include essential oil from SPOIL YOURSELF, Art by Elizabeth Hill, a copy of Fresh Magazine, one free art class at MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery and an It Works drink sample to keep you healthy!

Learn more on our Facebook event page Here

Our event auction, Christmas earrings and coffee sales are supporting two causes. The first is to help fund our new creative arts and wellness centre opening in North Vancouver in the Spring. The second is to support a member of our Art World community with cancer. Please be sure to buy a coffee, bid on items in the auction and purchase a pair of these earrings by Monika Colmorgen for $7! ​if you can’t make it and you’d like a pair of these earrings, please email us at or call 6049996177. 

Sponsors Wanted! 

We would love to invite you to be part of our annual event this year! Join us by helping keep arts alive in our community and feature your business in an interesting way! 

We are looking for items for our silent and live auctions, advertisers in our swag bags, logo ads on our popular media wall, main stage sponsors and walking body art advertisers! We are also looking to fill our Gold, Silver, and Bronze Sponsor packages this year! Get your company seen at this annual gala and throughout the year with our comprehensive packages and support a show that helps feature and promote hundreds of artists annually in Vancouver and Toronto. 
 Thank you to everyone who has supported this event each year by donating products and services as well as purchasing advertising and sponsorship packages! 

Call 6049996177 to learn more! 

3 Days Left for Early Bird Tickets! 

You heard right! There are only three days left for early bird tickets! Early bird tickets end February 29, 2016-secure your tickets now!

Fashion Show by Nancy Perreault

We always love this event and each year strive to make it more interesting and amazing for the artists involved as well as the guests who attend. This year we will have an array of art for sale from over 100 artists from Canada, USA and Europe; we are very exited that once again, we have artists exhibiting from out of country. We will also continue with live painting, stage demonstrations, live music, a fashion show, silent and live auctions, food vendors, drinks and of course, the always popular body painting competition.

Little Monsters Studio returns! Photo: Gaby Saliba

Our theme this year is “Glamour Noir” as our event date falls on Friday, May 13. Guests are encouraged to adhere to the dress code and wear only red, white and black to the show.
Please continue to support this fabulous event and all the imagination and possibility that lies within it. It’s more than just a show, it’s the Art World-a place you can truly experience everything and anything creative.

Stump Artist is back-maybe even live chainsaw carving!

Michael Griffin Fine Art is back-be sure to chrck him out!

Lisa Austin, The MT Canvas, and Deanna Fligg setting up a few years ago!

A feature from the 24HR -thanks Sarah Rowland!

Producer and owner of Art World Expo, Monika Blichar is creating #GlamourNoir50 , a collection of 50 new paintings to be unveilled at this year’s event.

Gary Weston’s art is a crowd favorite!

Guests enjoying an array of stage performances all night!

Gypsy Jean and her walking art-ask us about hownto get a walking ad for your business at the show his year!


Open Door Gallery in 2015 -amazing!

Purchase your tickets before the 29th of February and enjoy early bird discounts. Order your tickets HERE.

Consider purchasing a VIP ticket including a limited edition Coastal Imagination Glamour Noir mask by Coastal Storm Gallery. Created specifically for this event in support of Make and Break Arts Foundation who annually support kids and adult arts programs, artist exhibitions, and creative professional development both locally and internationally. A VIP ticket also comes with a fast track line up, a special swag bag, and a drink ticket.

Thank you Twin Peaks Construction for your ongoing sponsorship for our annual event. Be sure to visit their website for all your home and commercial renovation and new build needs!


The Ashley Twist: An Interview with M.U.A. Ashley Vieira

by Alyssa Laube

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For Ashley Vieira, working as a make up artist is all about instilling confidence in others. As a teenager, she eagerly anticipated any opportunity she had to get dolled up, whether it was for a bridal party or prom. Every time she saw herself in the artist’s chair, her “confidence levels skyrocketed.” That feeling is what inspired her to practice make up professionally. “If I was able to feel that strongly about myself, I knew I wanted to make others feel the same way. I’m happy to say that I have accomplished that with some of my clients,” she explained.


However, those clients aren’t all looking to be beautified. Vieira, who runs Smash Beauty & SPFX, also works extensively with special effects. Some of her most fascinating creations are gruesome and otherworldly, which she admits spawn from her obsession with prosthetic wounds.


“I love doing various things with prosthetics. However, I think my favourite thing to create currently is making small prosthetic wounds and putting them on little kids. Now hear me out, that sounds disturbing, but I actually get hired to do this at large events,” she laughed. “Both the kids and parents love how twisted it is, because who the heck expects to see a booth at a family event doing this? And yes, I layer on that blood. I swear, it’s all in good fun,” she promised.  “Nothing Dexter inspired.”


Sure, there’s nothing menacing about Ashley’s morbid interests, but that doesn’t mean that it stops at prosthetic wounds. She also has a soft spot for skeletons, or more specifically, Dia de los Muertos Sugarskulls (Day of the Dead). Although she’s reluctant to admit it, Dia de los Muertos always ends up sneaking into her style in one way or another. Vieira says that it’s the “crazy amount of details” that she found so exciting, saying, “I love colours, patterns, dots, and skeletons. It just made sense to incorporate that into my art. I keep thinking that I will eventually get bored with it but it keeps popping up in my work and my details only get more intricate!”

The combination of her skill as a make up and special effects artist is what allows Ashley to leave her mark in the beauty world. Seeing things from a “contrasting perspective” is what makes her special. “My knowledge from one helps me understand what I’m lacking in another. That’s what helps me turn my first concept into something much larger, ending with a big bang,” she explained.

At this year’s Art World Expo in Toronto, she’ll be showcasing these talents in the body painting competition. Her plan is to create a hybrid version of The Little Mermaid, crossing Disney’s and Hans Christian Andersen’s versions of the iconic figure. And of course, there has to be “an Ashley twist somewhere in there.”

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It seems that the “Ashley twist” is putting a creepy spin on cute figures, which certainly makes make up artistry more interesting. Of course, Vieira feels the same way. “One day I can be making someone extremely beautiful, the next day I can be ‘killing’ that very same person/character and drenching them in blood,” she said. “At the end of the week, it all evens out. Never a dull moment!”

See Ashley exhibit at this years Art World Expo or visit her website to learn more about her services!

Free & Happy-An Interview with Angela Ayre

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By Alyssa Laube

About: After her time working with Canadian Forces, Angela Ayre decided to take a very different route and pursue a career in art. She is attending New Image College of Fine Arts for makeup artistry and is currently working with everything from body paint to beauty products!

What is it about body painting that you enjoy? Do you have any favourite techniques?

I enjoy body painting because it’s challenging, I can work on my communication skills with the model, and have a lot of fun along the way. The body is beautiful and it’s amazing how body paint can transform someone.

What was it like to serve with the Canadian Forces, and what was your role?

It was an honour to serve as a medic and clerk with the Canadian Forces, which was both my career and my family. I’m sad to leave but excited for what the future holds.


Why did you choose to move to such a different profession as makeup artistry?

When I closed my eyes and was honest with myself about what I could see myself doing and loving, makeup and art came to mind.

How do you feel when you’re creating art?

I feel free and happy when creating art.

You also like to use high contrast colour. How come? Do you have any favourite colours to use, and why?

I’ve always enjoyed high contrast colour cause I like how things pop and stand out. My favourite colours are pink and anything bright because it brings the piece energy!

Why did you choose to attend New Image?

I was inspired by a friend to take the course at New Image. I saw how much fun she was having and the projects looked interesting!

What makes you happiest?

What makes me happiest are the little things in life that make me grateful to be alive. When someone else appreciates the work I have done it makes me feel proud of the effort I put in.

What will you be showcasing at the Expo? Do you have a theme in mind, and if so, why did you choose it?

I think I will be donating my framed chalk drawing of a jean jacket. This piece is one of my favourites because it took a lot of time and patience to complete.


For more of Angelas work, visit:

Pushing Past the Limit-An Interview with Autumn Blake

By Alyssa Laube

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About: Autumn Blake is a freelance makeup artist and married mother of two from the TriCity area. Her passion is creating unique and interesting characters with her skills, but she is currently dabbling in a little bit of everything, from fashion and beauty to film and body painting. She will be showcasing her work in this year’s body painting competition at the Art World Expo.


How would you describe your work as a makeup artist?

My enthusiasm in the industry works strongly with the creative side of makeup artistry. I strive to create something that captivates the eye. I apply that drive to my makeup; be it fashion on the runway, special effects (my favourite), or a full character makeup.

How were you trained in makeup?

I was professionally trained at Blanche Macdonald Centre in the Global Makeup Program (and graduated on January 16th of this year), so I learned everything from everyday makeup and bridal to special effects and character makeups.

Many of your pieces seem to have an alien-like look to them. Is this the look you aim for, and why do you like to create it?

Though I really do enjoy science fiction characters, I feel as if I just truly enjoy freedom in creativity. Creating without restriction can result in some amazing pieces. That freedom makes the art push past the limit of natural world ideas, which is why the characters sometimes come off as alien.

Where do you get inspiration for your pieces?

I get inspiration everywhere! One week it could be comic books and video games and the next it could be organics and nature.

How does your makeup style for yourself compare to the one you use on your work?

My makeup style for myself is the complete opposite! It’s usually very subtle and natural, whereas my work is generally more bold and colourful.

What’s your favourite makeup design trend, or even time period?

I am a huge fan of the art style in folklore and fantasy, though I am still a huge sucker for winged liner and red lips!

What are you hoping to accomplish at this year’s expo?

I’m hoping to push my abilities, create something new and different, and share my and other artist’s work.

To view more of Autumn’s work, visit:

Humanity and Fantasy-An Interview with Effects Artist Isabelle Fallu

By Alyssa Laube

About: Isabelle Fallu describes herself as an “self-taught effects artist [and] certified makeup artist”. Her passion is to produce unique and fantastical creations using her skills and imagination! This year, she will be body painting at the Art World Expo. 

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When and how did you start your career in makeup? 

I started right after high school! Being self-taught in FX makeup specifically, I did a lot of small local film/theatre stuff and birthday or club events. I moved to Vancouver knowing that it would be the best opportunity for me.

What are some of your favourite techniques to use?

Dry brushing! I love using a slightly dry paintbrush to create texture in my makeups.

What are some of your favourite colours and why?

Red because of how striking it is, and earth tones because of their organic feel. I like my makeups to feel as if they could be real.


What do you find most challenging?

Clean lines are really tough for me. My teachers and peers have frequently describe my style as being an “organized mess”. My challenge is to create something that is simply crisp and clean.

How has your work changed since you started attending cosmetology school?

College really helped me learn how to apply all of my knowledge to makeup, from colour theory to anatomy to proper use of space, etc.

Where do you get the inspiration for the “characters” you create?

A lot of books I read; mythology, fables, legends, history, comic books…but most of all, nature is my biggest inspiration. I like my creatures to have aspects of both humanity and fantasy.

Have you worked in films, plays, or television? If so, how was your experience?

I’ve been working on indie movie/television sets since I graduated school 6 months ago. It’s my passion and I don’t see myself ever doing anything but! I’ve done a bit of work in prosthetic shops as well, but the application process is truly my passion.

Do you prefer to create fantasy-inspired pieces?

Yes! Fantasy and science fiction are my heart and soul.


Which makeup companies or products would you recommend using?

Every product has pros and cons. I’m a huge fan of Makeup Forever, Kryolan, Nars, and Ben Nye. I worked at Sephora for a while and I think I spent more money there than I made!

Which makeup looks do you like for yourself?

Winged eyeliner and red lips. That’s pretty much it! if I’m going out, I might smack on some foundation, contour, and brows, but it’s rare.

Is there any makeup designer or trend that you love, above all others?

I don’t really look into designers or trends, but there are people who inspire me everyday. Sarah Elizabeth was one of my teachers in school. She’s been since a wonderful friend, teacher, and great help when it comes to finding work and making connections. Melissa Meretsky, or M3 Artistry, keeps me so inspired. I have never seen anyone bleed art like she does. Her work is so creative and ridiculous and beautiful and shocking. She defines the word “Artist”.

More of Isabelles work can be seen at:

Art World Expo & 360 Replays

ART WORLD EXPO TM is pleased to present this amazing video of a one of a kind body art installation featuring the creative process in a unique way captured by 360 Replays.

360 Replays develops interactive technology for Internet TV. Their mission is to make interactive TV the regular TV on the planet. In addition, 360 produces camera systems that can be used to capture interactive content delivered over Internet television.

For more information about 360, visit:

Art World Expo is an annual large scale art show and fundraiser featuring over 100 artist exhibitors, fashion shows, a body painting competition and live demonstrations. The fourth annual event will take place on May 2, 2014. The event is produced by MAB Ventures Inc., An Arts & Entertainment Agency with proceeds benefiting Make and Break Arts Foundation. The event takes place at Telus World of Science in Vancouver,BC, Canada and features artists from around the world.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please visit:

Order tickets by phone 604 999 6177

Body Painting Artist: Cory Keys

Hair & Face Make Up: Monika Blichar

Model: Emily Blackwell, Red Goddess Talent

Thank you to the Art World Expo TM 2014 Platinum Sponsors:

Twin Peaks Construction

Fresh Vancouver Magazine


Matt Huntley is a body painter living, creating and working in Portland, Oregon. His Facebook Fan Page was recently removed due to “nude” photos of his models on his page. Though all models are covered in artistically executed paint and craftsmanship, censorship remains a key issue for body painters like Matt who are trying to push the norms of artistic expression.


Interview with Matt Huntley

by Aly Laube 


About: Matt Huntley is an experienced body painter who works primarily with fantastical, horror, and special FX painting.

To see some of Matt’s work, go to:


Body painting has been a part of the Expo for a while now. Is this your first time taking part in the event and if so, what are you looking forward to?
2013 was my first time attending the event.  I met some wonderful people, and the experience was a good one.  I didn’t know what to expect, but had a blast, and placed 2nd, so I’m coming back for a second time. 


How did you get started in body painting?  
I’ve always been an artist, and got in to special effects.  After many years doing SFX and theatrical makeup, I got tired of the same work over and over.  How many zombies does the world actually need?  So I started doing body painting, and love every minute of it. 


How did you receive your training?  
I’m mostly self taught.  I was an art major when I first went to college, but quickly changed career paths.  I did intern in the Special Effects field for a few months, and received a decent foundation, but over all I just research various forms of art, talk with painters, sculptors, and makeup artists.  I practice all the time with new products, various paint brushes, and airbrushes.  


What is the best thing about working in body painting? 
I like turning the human canvas into a piece of art.  The human form is already such an amazing art piece, so to use it to create is really the best part of body painting. Also, I do like that it’s temporary (this means I don’t have stacks of canvases piled up in my studio.)


The art that you do is very creative. How do you experiment with your work? 
I’m always testing new techniques and designs.  I test new brushes and new products.  I test to see which products work best with each other and how various paints lay on top of each other.  I also check my designs against what has already been done, and if I’ve duplicated someone else’s work, I try to change my design when I can.  When working with photographers or models, I take their input on what they want the design to look like, and I try to think of a way to get that look as well.   I’m always pushing myself to grow as an artist in all aspects of my art.  


What inspires you? 
Everything.  People, shapes, nature, other artists.  I get inspired to create different things every day.  Sometimes this becomes overwhelming, so I keep a book that I jot down my ideas in. 


How have you evolved as an artist over time? 
My work has become cleaner, bolder, and more detailed.  My use of time has improved, and I’ve become more confident with my designs.


Did you always want to go into body painting? 
Actually, I wanted to be an art teacher. After years of exploring all forms of art, I happened into body painting and fell in love with it.


A lot of the work you do is very fantastical. Is it your own ideas or others that inspire you in this area? (i.e.: movies, books, art)
Most of the work I do are my ideas.  I do also collaborate with models, and photographers on a basic concept, and they give me artistic freedom.  Some of my work might also be an interpretation of some other art work.  I have painted a person and a horse, based on work from artist “Olivia De Berardinis”, and of course as a huge Star Wars fan, I have also done a few pieces that follow that genre.


Many different models are used for your artwork. How do you think the model is important to the piece as a whole?         This is a tough question.  I have designs that are designed around very specific models, and then I have some designs that are designed around body shapes. (tall, short, petite, curvy, etc).  That being said, when I’m designing a new painting I will ask the model what his/her favourite colours are, I look at skin tone, eye colour, hair colour, height, length of torso, legs, etc.  the shape of the model is important to the design, and the design is important to the model.  If you paint a model with a design she loves, she will make that design hers and work it. That being said, some designs are meant for a single shot, straight on, and the model becomes less important.  For instance, if I’m hiding a model in a mural, or against a back ground (camouflaging them), for this type of painting the most important part is the placement of the model and lining up the painting. 


How is body painting different than other forms of art?
Bodypainting is temporary.  First and foremost.  Also, what might take an artist painting on canvas 2 or 3 days (or weeks) a body painter must do in a few hours.  Our canvas is alive, they move, they stretch.  The movement of a foot can change the lines you’ve painted on a cheek… so taking all of that into consideration is very important.


You’ve painted on both men and women. What do you consider the important differences? How about similarities? 
Differences? Body hair.  When a man is going to be painted, they will shave or wax their entire body before. Rarely will a female model shave or wax her entire body, and then they will make a comment about body hair.  Every model, “every single person”, has body hair.  It’s just biology.  Most of it is light and small and can’t be seen… but you hit that with some paint, and from up close this can be seen. Nudity.  Most female models have no problem with being naked for a painting, whereas only a few male models are comfortable enough to get fully nude.  Body shape.  Simply put, women have more curves, breasts, hips, legs, they are curvier and softer.  Similarities? The initial reaction to the paint.  Be it brush, sponge or airbrush, their reactions are the same.  Most have the same questions about how one gets into bodypainting, as well as how to clean up, so I would say the differences are mostly physical and the similarities are mental. 


How did your home life/childhood impact your decision to become an artist?
I’ve just always been an artist.  I can’t remember not being an artist.  I’ve always drawn and been pulled to various art.  My art drove my imagination and my imagination drove my art.  Some people are inspired by music, or theatre, or sports, and I was inspired by colour, shape, lines, and creating.


What do you hope to explore as an artist in the future?                                                                                                               I’m planning my first trip to the “World Bodypainting Festival” in Austria, June/July 2014.  I am hoping to compete, but at the very least paint. I’m hoping to get to work at conventions, as well as do more “Larger” production paintings involving multiple photographers, costumers, and hair stylists.  





 Read Matt’s interview with the Oregon Times for details about his recent run in with Facebook:  

“Portland body-painting artist fights Facebook over nude photos”