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2017 Holiday Artisan Catalog has arrived!

Christmas is an important time for all of us at Art World Expo and MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery. We love to share the magic of the holiday season with our guests and visitors in many different ways including special events like our Art World Expo Christmas Fair and our MAB Holiday Shopping & VIP Event. Every year, we are also fortunate to put together a wonderful holiday catalog that features artisan and designers in British Columbia. Our goal when creating it is to source unique works to feature as well as help artisans in BC sell their work and thrive as independent artisans.

We have created a video that showcases all of the artisan products this year and also a full catalog which is now available online.

Our deadlines for ordering are November 15 for November 20 pick up and December 15 for December 15 pick up. Shipping worldwide is available. Please contact us at 604 999 6177 if you would like to place your order by phone or you have questions about shipping!

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October-Keep the Magic Alive!

Hello October! 
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Halloween at the PNE! Fright Nights! 

When we were young, my mom always made sure that we had cool costumes for special events. Early on when we first came to Canada, she sewed for a living and when school plays or music festivals came around, she used to spend time making us costumes for dress up days. I remember we would ask her to make us all sorts of things and she would stay up all night in the games room downstairs in our house in Red Deer and make them for us. Sometimes, she wouldn’t sleep just to get our outfits done! I remember going to “Fright Nights” at the Red Deer Mall every year and all of us would have home made costumes each year.
Today, I remember how fun it was when we were kids and we believed that we could do anything, be anything and really make magic happen. In my work, I take this wonder and imagination and love to bring it to my studio so that others can feel the same glimmers of magic-especially children.
This month, I invite you and your families to join in our festivities and experience some of the magic of the season! We are hosting several events and participating in trade shows where you can get your face painted, make a Halloween themed art activity or get spooked at our 5th Annual Monstars and Beasts Haunted House. If you would like to help make magic happen for others in the community, please get in touch as we are looking for volunteers to help with our Pumpkin Sale, Haunted House and set decor!
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Monstars & Beasts Actor and guest in 2013!
Have a creative month everyone! Make it SPOOK-tacular!
Sincerely,
Monika Blichar, B.A. & B.C.C.T., UVIC
October Studio Events and News:

MAB ART STUDIO & BOUTIQUE GALLERY-1335 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver, BC 

NEW ARRIVALS: GEORGIA BELLE SKIN CARE AND LUMBERJAX CUSTOM WOOD JEWELLERY! OVER 15 LOCAL ARTISANS INSIDE! START YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING NOW!

OCTOBER 14-DIWALI FESTIVAL-ROUNDHOUSE, YALETOWN

MONIKA BLICHAR SPEAKING AND GIVING FREE WORKSHOP!

OCTOBER 20-22-WEST COAST WOMEN’S SHOW

ABBOTSFORD TRADEX-MONIKA BLICHAR IS SPEAKING ON STAGE THREE TIMES AND WE WILL HAVE A BOOTH WITH SHOW SPECIALS AND 7 ARTISTS REPRESENTED! COME CHECK IT OUT!

OCTOBER 27, 28 & 31-MONSTARS & BEASTS HAUNTED HOUSE

FRIDAY OCTOBER 27-ADULTS ONLY

SATUDAY OCTOBER 28 AND TUESDAY OCTOBER 31-ALL AGES

GOODY BAG, HOT CHOCOLATE, PHOTOBOOTH, ART ACTIVITY, FACE PAINTING AND LIVE MONSTARS AND BEASTS!

TICKETS: $20/CHILDREN $25/ADULTS

PROCEEDS SUPPORT MAKE AND BREAK ARTS FOUNDATION

OCTOBER STUDIO HOURS

We invite you to check out our boutique with new artisan works arriving each month! Start your holiday shopping and let us help you find one of a kind items made by local artists! If you would like to volunteer to help us with the Haunted House, please email artists@theartworldexpo.com today!

Painting Classes, Local Art & Unique Gift Ideas

THURSDAYS 4-930PM *** FRIDAYS 11-4PM ***SATURDAYS 11-4PM

OR BY APPOINTMENT CALL 604 999 6177 

SHOP ONLINE: WWW.MABARTSTUDIO.COM/STORE

Surf Art? Yes Please! 

By Monika Blichar 

I always love meeting new artists and sharing them in our network. This time, I catch up with Lindsay who has a daring sense of adventure in her art and life! 


Lindsay graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Television Film and New Media then proceeded to get her MAED at University of Phoenix. Lindsay is from the Hollywood area where she worked at DreamWorks as well as other film companies and eventually took on her own clients. Some clients include Marriott, US Hanger Company, Hilton, San Diego Rescue Mission, Pussers and many more!

“My work is shows the compliments of coastal living and the carefree lifestyle of surfing. I like to do work with passion that shows the beauty of the sport of surfing becoming one with nature. I like to show how creative nature’s beauty can be. I live outside of the DC area and was born and raised in southern California which I am constantly coming back to. I create ocean art, accessories and jewelry. www.BlueFusionSurfArt.com Paradise Found is a favorite spot in Kauai.” 

Founder Monika Blichar-Solo Show June 30, 2017

All artists have their thing.
Picasso had his funny people. Dali had his crazy ideas. Monet had his garden.

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Monika Blichar has many things and not just one. A leader on the Vancouver Art Scene since 2009, she has been working with vigor to create community through art by way of events, classes, workshops, art tours and her own work.

Since 2009, she has produced Art World Expo successfuly seven times at Science World in Vancouver and Hard Rock in Toronto. She has taught thousands of students via MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery including adults and kids. For kids who haven’t been able to pay, she also set up a foundation where funds are raised to help give opportunities to kids who wouldn’t normally be able to join in. The foundation also supports Art World Expo and hundreds of artists annually gain a platform to show and sell work, auction off their pieces and for artists in need, the foundation pulls together resources to support them during times of difficulty. She has also founded local and international art retreats in British Columbia and Europe and has taken amateur and experienced artists to places like Paris, Bergerac, the Dordogne River, Amsterdam, Wroclaw, Gdansk and Warsaw. In addition to all of this, she creates her own work. 

On Friday, June 30, you are cordially invited to step into the world of Monika Blichar. Attendees can view and purchase paintings, prints, photography, jewellery and accessories by Monika. (Prices range from $10-$5,000.00) This will be Monika’s first official Solo Show where she will share works created over the last 20 years-some never before seen pencil drawings, sketches, and paintings. Further, the solo show will kick off a year long exhibition nationally and abroad at partner locations. If you’ve always wanted a Blichar piece or are looking for unique gift ideas, be sure to swing by on Friday evening.

In addition to Monika’s work, guests will also have the opporutnity to purchase works from local artisans featured at Art World Expo and at the gallery on an ongoing basis including Art by Edy, Carolyn Bruce Designs, West Coast Hatters, Coastal Storm Gallery, Deanna ArtForms, Danielle Rondeau, K-OME, Chelsea Sinclare, Art by Elizabeth Hill, Mojan Nejati, Bellessence Cosmetics, The Copper Kat, OddMint Designs, and Slate Jewelry.

For more information and to see a preview of the works avaialable, be sure to visit the Facebook Event Page HERE

Top Three Tips for Summer Painting

SUMMER STUDIES: Top Three Tips for Summer Painting
by Monika Blichar

Summer is just around the corner and with sun and light to inspire you, it is the perfect time to paint in studio! Here are our top three tips for painting in studio this summer!

Choose Your Subject Matter-If you don’t have a target, how will you know where to shoot? 

When you are choosing something to paint this summer, try to choose something you haven’t ever tried before. Think of places you have visited or will visit this summer and take photographs then add these to your collection of what you want to paint. Recently, I went to Saltspring Island with students and captured an array of beautiful images that I would like to paint this summer.

     

Here are two photos. On the left is the original photo at Cafe Talia on Saltspring Island. On the right is an edited photo in the SuperPhoto App which helps me see the painting before I create it. 

 

Get Outside!

Make sure to take advantage of good weather and go outside to look at colour, shadow, perspective and light. With every season, there are new aspects to observe when it comes to nature and our surroundings. If you are painting cityscapes, be sure to go wander around and look at buildings and how the sunset or morning glow affects light and shadows. If you love nature, try walking in the forest at different times of the day to see the colour differences in leaves or trees during different times of the day. Think about how to create these colours and also how to capture the movement of a forest in your painting.

Challenge Yourself

Painting new subject matter can be a challenge but can also be immensely rewarding. Challenge yourself by trying new subject matter or experimenting with using new materials. We recommend getting new pastes or resin sands and trying them out in your next pieces. If you haven’t tried yet, here is a product we recommend by GOLDEN

As usual, we invite you to join us in studio and paint with other beginner and experienced artists. Our studio special this month is $17 art classes (reg. $40) which you can find Here! All proceeds from this promotion help us meet our summer fundraising goals with proceeds to summer arts programs, Art World Expo production and support for artists in our community.

Painting Dreams International Art Tours-Barcelona 2017!

Have you always wanted to visit Spain? See the sights, visit the Gaudi buildings, bask in the colourful creativity all around you? Here is your chance to visit this beautiful country with Painting Dreams International Art Tours!

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A 12 day creative artist retreat awaits the emerging or experienced aritst. Guests on tour this year can expect daily art instruction from founder Monika Blichar and co-teacher Irene Eaves. Both women have a combined painting and teaching experience which includes painting, drawing, mixed media and intuitive painting. Guests will receive daily art classes inspired by a joint venture workbook available exclusively to tour participants inspired by Spain’s architecture, landscape and colour. In addition to our art practise, we will be helping guests enjoy museums, art galleries and day activities after classes. Guests can expect a full day of art and culture with evenings to themselves as well as a free day to contemplate their art, explore the surroundings or venture off on a day trip solo or as a group.

Read the Full North Shore News Article About Painting Dreams International Art Tours featuring Founder Monika Blichar here: http://www.nsnews.com/entertainment/dossier/travel-inspires-monika-blichar-s-creative-journey-1.2331560

Read the Full North Shore News Article About Painting Dreams International Art Tours featuring Founder Monika Blichar here: http://www.nsnews.com/entertainment/dossier/travel-inspires-monika-blichar-s-creative-journey-1.2331560

If you are interested in travelling to Spain for the 3rd annual Painting Dreams Art Tour, please contact Monika Blichar at 604 999 6177. A free information session is set for February 15 at 6:00pm at MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery in North Vancouver, BC. RSVP HERE

Art Workbook by Founder Monika Blichar Helps Spark Creativity

“You’re Going to Make It-A Creativity Workbook to Help You Make Your Best Art!” by Founder of Art World Expo Monika Blichar has been a real hit this summer!

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Monika has been working with emerging and established artists since 2009 via various projects including teaching at MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery in North Vancouver. In response reflections about how to help people be more creative in their art and lives, she put together a unique workbook to help even the most beginner artist ignite creativity!

Inside students can complete 10 exercises on things like highlighting, shading, perspective, colour wheel and even some work on portraiture. Monika also included some inspirational worksheets that will help anyone pin-point what they would like to do with their creativity and take action steps to achieve those goals. Blichar says that fostering the desire to create is crucial to well being and spurring imagination. She can’t live without creating and attributes her own creativity to doing something right-brained every day. “Whatever it is that you would like to create,” she says, “it can be nurtured and developed with an open-mind, dedication and most importantly, fun!”

Monika is always giving back to the arts community through fundraising and this is just another way for her to help others start their own work and be sure they understand the fundamentals of art. The first 100 books help support facility costs at MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery. So far, Blichar has sold 80 copies! Help her meet the goal by ordering an Ebook Here!

Fundraising Offers at our Studio!

We have been very  fortunate to have the wonderful support of our community since opening our studio and gallery space three years ago!
As a result, we have been able to accomplish many wonderful projects including ongoing children’s and adults arts programs, art shows featuring local and international artists in our studio and gallery as well as via Art World Expo, and even starting Painting Dreams International Art Tours and so, so much more!

A big huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us sustain the space and our projects by continuing to take classes, volunteer for events and shows, and purchase locally crafted merchandise. Everything helps and each one of your efforts really makes a huge difference in helping us build a thriving arts community around inclusivity, creativity and imagination here in Vancouver, BC.

As the summer season is in full swing, we are ready for another season of fundraising! Please have a look at some of our offers this month and help us meet our goals! All proceeds help support our efforts to help others find and foster their creativity, whether they are budding or professional artists.

July/August Fundraising Offers for Our Patrons!


GET CREATING IN STUDIO!
$13.00 PAINTING CLASS
Use anytime during “Studio Painting” classes. No Limit but must be used within 2016! Makes a great gift or a fun activity!

“YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE IT-A Creativity Workbook to Help You Make Your Best Art!”
$17.00
The first of Monika’s “You’re Going to Make It” Creativity Workbooks! This is the first and for a beginner artist who wants to be creative, spark imagination and make his/her best art! Inside, you’ll find 10 exercises, tips and tricks, and inspiration to keep you motivated and excited about being a creator rather than a spectator! This is an EBook format for easy delivery.

GET INTERNATIONAL! -UNAVAILABLE UNTIL SPAIN 2017
$80-2nd Annual Painting Dreams International Art Tours-Wroclaw, Poland the Capital of Culture 2016! Get your company seen by putting your logo on our travel totes and luggage this year! Includes social media marketing posts (minimum 3 posts) of your company on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. We will also post your website link on our tour videos. 
LOOKING FOR ART? 
$150 MONIKA’s “#GLAMOURNOIR50” Painting Challenge-50 Original Pieces looking for new homes! All the pieces are up on Monika’s Facebook Page:
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$250-VIP DONOR PACKAGE 
15 PACK Painting Class, a Lavender West Coast Mind Body Scrub (Value $20) and Body Bath Salt (Value $20) made with Lavender from France! Choose one Custom Painting from either “40 Painting Challenge-French Series” or “Glamour Noir” pieces by Monika. ($100-150 Value per painting)
VIP DONOR PACKAGE Value:  $310-$360

$500-ULTIMATE VIP DONOR PACKAGE  
-Includes everything in the VIP ART PACKAGE plus a week of Full Day Art Camps fortwo kids (Value $450+gst each) as well as a painting dreams scarf (Value $20) and a credit in the official 2016 Painting Dreams International Art Tour promotional video as an “Associate Contributor”.
ULTIMATE VIP DONOR PACKAGE Value: $1500

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 604 999 6177. All offers above are available until June 30, 2016.

All funds raised this month will help support Make and Break Arts Foundation’s fundraising goals this summer.

Funds will be used:

-support facility operating costs
-arts programming costs: supplies and staff for the 2016 summer season
-Art World Expo production costs
-Painting Dreams International Art Tour operational costs

Be sure to help us support our projects this year and do what you can-everything really does help and it means so much to us to be able to continue to offer all these wonderful events in our community and represent Canada abroad.

We appreciate your support and look forward to offering you some great locally made or produced services, products and events!

Have a look at the Fundraising Offers HERE!

Painting Dreams Art Tour-Wroclaw, Poland

by Monika Blichar

Wroclaw is known as “the meeting place”. With its picturesque architecture, many coffee shops and restaurants as well as attractions to visit, any artist will find an array of inspiration. The city is full of people, art, history and culture!

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Photos: City Square called the Rynek, Botanical Gardens, and a painting from 1864. 

Our trip here this year is part of Painting Dreams International Art Tours. Each year, a group of artists joins us for a two week tour of a selected area overseas. This year, we chose to take the tour to Wroclaw as it is the European Culture Capital for 2016 with stop overs in Amsterdam and Warsaw. We arrived late on Saturday night and since arrival, have enjoyed visiting attractions such as the Rynek, museums, and art galleries. The city is quite busy this year and we are finding that many people speak English well. Our travellers are able to get around easily on the trolley system and our apartment is located minutes from the downtown core. So far, some of our highlights have been visiting the National Museum, the Botanical Gardens, and the Panorama.

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Though our group is small this year, we have made time to create works and are anticipating cooler weather in order to be able to paint plein air! The weather has been unusually hot for the area this year, but we have been able to create a few pieces over the last few days! Sketching has been ideal to get some ideas down on paper and our canvas pads and travel kits have been a great way to create pieces that are easily transportable and that can be made anywhere.

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Sketch by Monika “Polish Princess” as well as two acrylic paintings. Inspirations for these pieces have been the city’s 300 some odd gnomes and Polish scenes, insects and architecture. Works in progress. 

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Kathryn has been working steadily on her bird piece. Colours are coming along and she has been working from the workbook provided to tour members. “You’re Going to Make It-A Creativity Workbook to Help You Make Your Best Art” by tour operator and art instructor Monika Blichar. You can order your own copy of the workbook EBOOK HERE

If you are interested in travelling with Painting Dreams International Art Tours, please register for our next information session on August 28 held at our studio and gallery in North Vancouver, BC. If you are out of the area, we will be streaming the meeting so you will be able to be present virtually. Please register PAINTING DREAMS IN SPAIN 2017

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Painting Dreams International Art Tour-Stop 1-Amsterdam

by Monika Blichar

One of the many canals. Photo credit Sabrina Widner.

One of the many canals. Photo credit Sabrina Widner.

One of the best parts of our operations is being able to travel with Painting Dreams International Art Tours. On top of our annual exhibition, studio classes and programs, we love summer because each year, we are able to go to artsy hotspots and explore with other creatives! We love hosting and coordinating these trips for art lovers and adventurers

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Sabrina, Kathryn and I arriving at the airport! About 13 hours of travel from Vancouver with a stop over in Chicago.This year, we decided that we would take our tour to Wroclaw, Poland and make a couple stops before and after our 12 day tour. Our first stop is Amsterdam and let me tell you, if you are an artist of any sort, this is definitely a place you need to visit! Cafes, galleries, museums and exhibitions are in abundance-every corner is filled with unique artisan works as well as a fabulous ambience from 165 canals. Amsterdam has 51 galleries, approximately 1,515 cafes and bars, 1,281 bridges, 2,500 houseboats, and 881,000 bicycles. No shortage of things to sketch or paint here! 

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Kathryn enjoying our first trip to a cafe in Amsterdam!

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The city centre has amazing cafes to visit.

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My first sketch complete with morning coffee!

From all the places I have travelled over the years, Amsterdam easily has the friendliest locals who not only smile and say good morning when they are whizzing past you on their bikes, but who are keen to help you have a great time here! If you haven’t yet, be sure to follow our page on Painting Dreams on Facebook! On Saturday, we will be heading off to Wroclaw to enjoy the European Culture Capital for 2016. Until then, be sure to connect with us as we explore the sights and attractions in Amsterdam!