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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.

Interview with Edmonton Artist Aryn Effert

by Monika Blichar

I love learning about why artists do what they do. I find it fascinating what drives people to want to pursue their craft and passion and always try to study those who are passionate about what they do. What is it that drives us to follow our dream, act on our ideas or pursue our goals?

Today I caught up with Edmonton based artist Aryn Effert who tells us about how she started in art and what inspires her to continue to pursue her creative side. Aryn’s work is featured on the Edmonton event flyer this year and we choose it as it demonstrated a connectivity between living things which also reflects our mission expanding the Art World Expo into new cities such as Edmonton and Toronto. Intriguing, inspiring and insightful, Aryn’s work is one that cannot be missed at the Muttart on March 16.

 

 

1-When did you start painting and what made you want to be a professional artist? 
I started when I was a child, my Mom ensured I always had pencils and paints; she registered me in nature drawing classes and my family has always encouraged me. The professional part is relatively new, having met some wonderful local Artists through Kaleido they inspired me to give it a try.
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2-What has been your greatest inspiration so far? 
Animals and Architecture. Animals for the challenge in capturing their personalities in the painting or sketch, their movement and the depth of colour in their fur or fins. With Architecture it stems from a love of unique structures and well built and designed buildings, growing up my Dad cultivated my interest in construction and design.
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3-Your painting is featured on the Art World Expo Edmonton flyer. Could you tell us about this piece and what inspired you to create it? 
Intersections started out as a concept of paths crossing. It evolved to depict the two male Betta fish at a point where the viewer is unsure if a battle is about to start or if they will continue on their own way. I began painting it after my own life seemed to have strangely aligned intersections with others’ lives.
4-What can guests expect to see at your booth? Will you have any contests, sales or special promotions just for Art World attendees? 
Several new pieces based on Edmonton are in the works, specials on my older paintings that I hope to send off to new homes and prints & postcards of my paintings and photographs taken here in Edmonton.
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5-In five years, where would you like to see your art business? 
Continuing it as a part time joy, creating it, sharing it with others, enjoying others works and company along the way. In 5 years I hope to be well on my way to becoming an Architect, using art as a means of communicating my visions.
6-Just for fun: What is your favourite meal and why? 
That’s a hard one! I have to say the Palak Paneer on Saffron Rice by Indian Fusion; it looks terrible but has such a rich and savory taste! I enjoy the initial reactions of people who haven’t had it before, the horror at the color and the way their eyes light up at the first bite; truly delightful!
To learn more about Aryn, visit her Facebook Page  and be sure to visit her at the Art World Expo Edmonton at the Muttart Conservatory on March 16! Get your ticket 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.

Interview with Edmonton Artist Pavel Kroupko

by Monika Blichar

I love meeting artists from other areas of the world who have immigrated to Canada. Being an immigrant from Poland myself has taught me a lot about appreciating culture, opportunities and about being patient with myself and others who experience being part of two worlds. When Pavel Krouppko submitted his application for our Art World Expo Edmonton event, I was intrigued not only by his diverse work, but also how his work is affected not only by his cultural background but also his welding profession. His work is a blend of cultural representation near and far while also reveling in hard and concrete materials. I caught up with Pavel to hear what he had to say about his work and art.

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1-When did you start making art and when did you know that you wanted to pursue art as a career?

Moving around a lot when I was young gave me more time to be creative. It takes time to make new friends in new place but Art was always there. I also seen many different places and things and that always bring some kind of inspiration even if long time passed since the time you saw them, you can always dig in your memories.

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2-You moved a lot when you were young. How do you think moving around has impacted your creativity?

No I have not been back to Russia since 1997. It’s something I want to do in near future. As far as art scene goes, I have been making art since 1997. I decided that I want to do it as a career about 3 or 4 years ago.

3-Originally, you are from Russia and moved to Canada when you were 15. Do you still visit? Do you think that the art scene in Russia is comparable to the one in Canada?

In Russia, it is very much like here. Russian people have always been influenced by the Western World. So many of the trends that are here are also there. I follow many Russian artists from Art teacher at Universities to Airbrush schools and Tattoo artists to Metal sculpture creators. Much inspiration all around the world.

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 4-You are a versatile artist but also a welder. How has welding influenced your art?

Welding and art. Been a pressure vessel welder everything must be clean meaning shiny ground metal before you can weld on it. So I seen lots of ground metal and welders love their shiny things. My ground metal work shows that. And fabrication skill can easily be applied to making sculptures.

 5-What can guests expect to see at your exhibit? Will you have any Art World Show Specials or contests running at your booth?

There will be lots of ground metal work, airbrush oil paintings and charcoal. I will have some discounted items.

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 6-Where would you like to see your art in the next five years? Do you have a big goal for your work you would like to share?

In 5 years, lol! I just want to be able to do it full time and make reasonable living on it. I will continue to grow as and artist and we will see where it takes me.

 7-Who is your favourite artist?

Bob Ross. I can watch that guy for hours. I learned oil painting from his videos.

To learn more about Pavel and his work, visit his Facebook Page. Be sure to get your ticket to the Art World Expo Edmonton at the Muttart Conservatory today! This event will be the best art show of the season in Edmonton-you don’t want to miss it!

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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 Keltie Smith

by Monika Blichar

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans.” I heard that quote a long time ago and have always liked it because it reminds me of the one that says “everything happens for a reason”. We all set plans for ourselves, our work, our family, or the way we are supposed to live by the time we are 25 and 75. Sometimes, the universe steps in and changes those plans in ways that are serendipitous-one of my favourite words. (Side note; there is a cafe in New York called Serendipity 3 which was featured in the movie Serendipity-one of my bucket list restaurants. They serve ice cream with edible 23kt gold flakes on it. Andy Warhol used to frequent this cafe a lot too.)

In my next interview with Keltie Smith, exactly this has happened. Had she not been in an accident that left her severely injured, she would not have started painting. She wouldn’t have started to explore art as a passion and career, start to take commissions or be part of our Art World family.

Things do really happen because they are meant to put you where you belong. 

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1-When did you know you wanted to become an artist?

Art has always been a passion of mine. I took Interior Design in Vermilion, Alberta and absolutely loved how creative and inspirational it was. I graduated in 2014 and didn’t have much time to get into the trade because six months after graduating college I was involved in a rollover. It was never a thought to sell my art until the car accident put me on disability for a couple years. I found art therapeutic to my recovery. I received a lot of compliments on what I was doing and had started to receive commissions for pieces I had no idea I could even do but I tried and was successful. It felt almost like fate. Everything that had happened in my life was pointing me towards art. Becoming an artist as a career had kind of just fallen into my lap at that point but I’m ready to take on even more. I’ve put a lot of time and research into learning what it takes and I’m still learning but after all these years, it’s something I’m still very passionate about.
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2-Is anyone in your family artistic?

In my immediate family, no. My parents always questioned where my artistic abilities came from. But both sides have artistic talent somewhere down the line.

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3-You live on an acreage. How does that setting inspire your art practice?

I find I’m massively inspired by my acreage. I’m surrounded by nature and animals. The sunrise and sunset out there are probably one of my favorite things to see. It’s amazing to see what colors the sky can paint. Every day is different and different days bring new inspiration.

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4-What can guests expect to see at your exhibition at Art World Expo Edmonton? (Prints, cards, paintings, merchandise?) Will you have any contests or show specials?

There will be canvas of all different sizes of realistic and abstract acrylic paintings, with prints available of select paintings and drawings. I’ll have binders with pictures of my previous paintings/drawings that guests will be able to place orders of prints as well. Also, I have some small wooden slabs that I’ve treated and decorated that will be for sale.  I’ll be open to accepting commissions as well. I will have an Instagram contest going on for the show, as well as show specials on select items.

5-Where do you see your art business in five years?

I’m hoping to have global reach with my art in five years time. Also hoping to have a work space away from my home, a small studio/gallery that I can practice out of.

6-Just for fun: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

New Zealand because it looks beautiful.

To learn more about Keltie, visit her Instagram! Be sure to get your ticket to the show! It promises to be an evening full of surprises, creativity and best of all, wonderful connections with amazing people. Tickets are available online now, only 101 tickets left! Hurry and get yours 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.

Interview with Edmonton Artist Shane Baker-Baker Boyz Designs

by Monika Blichar

I love all kinds of art forms and appreciate creativity for what it is in all its relams. In today’s world, we can truly create so many different works of art and it’s amazing to see lots of variety within the art forms represented at our varied shows across Canada. I caught up with Shane Baker today and asked him a few questions about his work and what inspires him.

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1-When did you start making art?

I have been drawing since I was able to hold a pencil. But went full time in the airbrush industry in 2003.

2-How has working with metal inspired your work? You have a shop where you also work on cars and motorcycles. Can you tell us about this side of your business and how it compliments your art?

Being in the auto body industry I have always loved the effect of ground metal . The way it moves and shifts with different direction of grinds. . Over the years of working on vehicles (Painting) I have also learned a lot about color and different effects that can be created by manipulating how they are applied.

 3-You have hosted air brush nights with other artists in your shop. What inspired you to start this endeavor and how has creating this community with other airbrush artists inspired your art business?

When I first started airbrushing it was a very tight lipped community . Nobody was really open to helping anyone to start airbrushing. I felt that there needed to be a place for everyone to come in and enjoy this form of art as well as pinstriping allowing for everyone to feed off the energy and learn from everyone around them. Keeping the art form alive.

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

I will have various ground metal panels as well as airbrushed paintings. I will be offering 20% off on all art at the show.

6-Where would you like to see your art in 5 years time?

In 5 years, I would like to be full time creating art and leave the auto body behind .

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To learn more about Baker Boyz, visit their Facebook Page and be sure to get your ticket to the Edmonton Art World Expo! The event of the spring season in Edmonton!

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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 based artist Frances Pelletier

Frances Pelletier is an artist from Edmonton who is showing and selling her work at Art World Expo Edmonton on March 16 at the Muttart Conservatory. We caught up with her today to learn more about her work, meaning and goals.

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What’s your background?

My background probably has the most influence on my art today. I was born in 1965 and raised in Edmonton, AB.  Growing up, I was exposed to photography, music, writing, painting, and singing.  My family is very artistic/musical.  My dad introduced me to oil painting at an early age.  I finished 3 paintings I believe.  Then I assume my piano lessons took over.  I don’t remember painting again until my late teens.  This time it was watercolors that I dabbled with on my own.  One work is really all that came of it.  A lighthouse that is hanging in my parent’s home.

Dad was a photographer and he would take me on road trips in the countryside to take photos of old houses and barns.  It was quite an adventure.  I would climb around in these old buildings and pose for pictures in doors and up high in windows.  Visits to my uncle’s farm every summer were great fun, too.  My uncle had granaries full of old treasures (not grain!).  At the top of the hill we could visit a huge array of old cars.  A car graveyard.  Rural scenes, old cars and old buildings are now a favorite subject for me to paint!

Growing up in Edmonton gave me an appreciation for city life.  It might sound odd, but I happen to really like the look of oil refineries.  They were practically in our backyard!  At night the lights look so pretty.  I hope to do a painting that flatters the refineries.  One day.  Bussing it to university every day, I got to see the river valley, cross over a lot of bridges and take in all the high rises of the city. I guess this is why I also like to paint cityscapes.

After completing my BA Special in Criminology at the U of A, I was unable to obtain work in this field.  Marriage and children happened instead.  What a blessing!  My husband, Mark, and I moved to his home town of Legal, AB.  Mark returned to farming and we moved out of town and raised 4 children.  I really had no time or space for art as the kids were growing up.

Fast forward 30 years to 2017.  I am not sure how it really happened, I just decided to buy a cheap acrylic paint set at Walmart and try my hand at painting again.  Since I have no formal art training I turned to YouTube and discovered I could learn quite a lot from some of the tutorials!  Living on the farm gives me so many photo opportunities which in turn develop into art.  My “art heart” is torn between city and country life.Let's Take a Walk - Frances Pelletier (1).jpg

What does your work aim to say?

I aim to show the beauty in whatever I am painting.  I like to paint realistically in most cases.  I’m a stickler for rules and laws, a “by the book” kind of person.  I believe that’s why I like to paint things true to their likeness.  Basically, a painting should look like what it represents.  That’s how I’ve always felt.  Impressionism and abstract art seem difficult for me to comprehend and even harder to create! However, I am trying to grow my style by taking a few art classes and painting subjects that are out of my comfort zone.

My paintings of old buildings, cars and rural scenery are an attempt on my part to capture what is fading away in the countryside.  Eventually, all the old houses, homesteads, cars and machinery will disappear, to be replaced by new homes, modern cars and farm equipment.  We can never go back.  It’s kind of sad, but the past will live on in my artwork.Awaiting the Storm - Frances Pelletier (1).jpg

Who are your biggest influences?

I would say that I am inspired and influenced the most by my Dad and my sister. Dad, because he photographed and painted a variety of subjects from the countryside and from the city.  And of course, he introduced me to painting early in life.  He’s supportive and encouraging in all my artistic endeavors.  And my sister, what can I say…she inspires me because her art is so unique and unstructured.  She works with mixed media and where my work is quite detailed and controlled her art can be abstract and freeing!   Sometimes we work together in her studio and I learn so much!  Techniques, mediums and enthusiasm!

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How have you developed your career?

My “career” is pretty short, having just got going in March of 2017.  I’m pretty prolific and spend quite a bit of time in my studio.  At first, I did a few art walks in St. Albert.  It’s there that I was introduced to Instagram.  Thanks Karen!  I learned about The Art from the Unknown from my sister.  That was a great experience.  Rachel Notley does a geat job with that show!  I sold my first 2 paintings to people other than friends and family! I also joined the VASA (Visual Arts Studio Association) gallery and took part in an exhibition this past December. I started up my website (www.fdp-artworks.com).  There are all sorts of opportunities if you spend some time searching the internet.  I will be the feature artist at the Dow Centennial Center’s Alberta Lottery Fund Art Gallery in Fort Saskatchewan, AB during the month of July.  I’ll have about 25 paintings hanging there.  Instagram connected me with The Art World Expo in Edmonton.  I just want to grow and expand, connect with other artists and let it happen!

Where do you want to go with your art?

I guess I would like to continue to expand my art to include other mediums besides acrylic.  Watercolor is something I would really like to experiment with.  I want to get my name out there.  It will be a challenge since I live in a somewhat remote area.  The idea of Studio visits appeals to me, but again, my location poses a challenge.  Being surrounded by open space is appealing, though.  I’d like to keep my artwork affordable, but if one day a big gallery takes an interest my work I wouldn’t turn down any opportunity!  I want to continue to paint what appeals to me and not get caught up in just trying to please everyone else.

 

To learn more about Frances, visit her website HERE

 

ART WORLD EXPO-CALL FOR ARTISTS-VANCOUVER, TORONTO, & EDMONTON

CALL FOR ARTISTS!

We are excited for another installment of Art World Expo in our home base of Vancouver but also two events in Toronto and Edmonton in 2017 and 2018! We are looking for artists who want to be part of the action and showcase their work, products, services and talent!

Sign up today! 

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