Make and Break Arts Foundation

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/

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Make and Break Arts Foundation – Art Space Fundraiser

We are excited that after 5 years in our current studio and boutique gallery space, we are moving! The building we have been leasing has been sold and the new owners will be taking over our building and the one next to us for their own business. We will remain in North Vancouver and looking forward to celebrating a new space with added features in 2018.

We hope to find something close to our current price range but we know that the new space will cost more that what we are currently paying on Pemberton Avenue. For this reason, during the next three months, we are going to be partnering with many wonderful local businesses to increase our fundraising efforts and dollars to help support our move, new studio and gallery expenses as well as new licenses and fees so that we can continue our programs, events and exhibitions for years to come.

From January 2-15, we have partnered with Kristi Weaver Independent Scentsy Consultatnt and Director for our first online fundraiser! We hope that through this fundraiser, we can raise at least $500! There are a variety of oils, diffusers, wax melts, essential oils and even bath bombs! Tons of great finds! These make excellent gift ideas or nice additions to your own home or office spaces. 15% of all the proceeds go directly to Make and Break Arts Foundation to support our new space. Please consider purchasing and sharing this link with someone you know! Every little bit helps us continue to offer all these great events, art classes, kids camps and art exhibitions right here in Vancouver.

Please see more information about Make and Break Arts Foundation below:

We are a non profit foundation supporting artists and creative projects in BC.

The purpose of the society is:
a) to raise awareness of the arts in the community
b) to support artists and offer assistance for community project
c) to offer community workshops, events, and opportunities for arts education and programming.
d) to provide similar and related services as determined by the membership.

To support this fundraiser please direct message Kristi Weaver or purchase through this link: https://kristielliott.scentsy.ca/party/8828713/make-and-break-arts-foundation

Catalogue can be viewed at: https://kristielliott.scentsy.ca/form/view-my-catalog

 

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 artists@theartworldexpo.com or call 6049996177. 

Logo on Our Luggage-Painting Dreams International Art Tours

by Monika Blichar

Each year, we are fortunate enough to take several trips related to arts and culture locally and internationally. In 2017, we have several trips planned including workshops in Toronto, REO Rafting in North Bend, British Columbia, Wroclaw, Poland in Europe and Las Vegas, USA. Maybe more, who knows! We love to travel, see and make new art while participating or leading workshops and conferences related to the arts and culture sector.

As I’m sitting at the Vancouver International Airport waiting to board my flight to Toronto for a world languages workshop I’m attending this week, I wanted to introduce our current and past sponsors for our annual Logo on our Luggage Program. In what began as an unconventional way to advertise local businesses in Vancouver, has now become one of my favourite accents to our annual travels. Not only do I look forward to traveling and seeing new things, meeting new people and enjoying new cultures, I also enjoy sharing passionate companies with my network via these experiences! It is a win win for everyone!

Our Logo on Our Luggage Sponsors past and present include: 

Twin Peaks Construction www.twinpeaksconstruction.com 

Art by Edy https://www.facebook.com/artbyedy/ 

Personal Travel Management-Robyn Freels https://personaltravel.ca/travel-agents/robyn-freels/ 

Carolyn Bruce Designs www.carolynbrucedesigns.com 

Coastal Storm Gallery

http://www.coastalstormgallery.com

Daddy Blogger http://daddyblogger.com

Jirehstone Vancouver www.jirehstone.com

Daughter for a Day Senior’s Care http://daughterforaday.ca/ 

MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery www.mabartstudio.com 

Make and Break Arts Foundation https://www.facebook.com/Make-and-Break-Arts-Foundation-154109301295870/

Painting Dreams International Art Tours https://www.facebook.com/Painting-Dreams-International-Art-Tours-968374583192403/ 

Art World Expo www.theartworldexpo.com 

World of Hydration

http://www.worldofhydration.com

Please connect with us and these great companies online! They each have something unique to share including construction, travel, senior’s care, art, jewellery and more! We will be posting regularly on our feeds about what makes these companies unique so stay tuned!

In exchange for a minimal advertising rate of $100, these companies not only contribute to our travel expenses, workshop fees or program development, they receive some excelelnt exposure via our numerous networks including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our YouTube videos. I’m excited to share the works of these companies and invite you to have a look at the advertising program HERE We have only 7 spots left for the rest of the 2017 season!

Thank you to our past and ongoing sponsors and affiliates! We appreciate all your support for BC Arts and Culture! 

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:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1719504204958169.1073741832.1556162547959003&type=3&uploaded=1

$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!

6th Annual Art Show Just Around the Corner!

As the 6th annual Art World Expo nears, our team is prepping for another evening full of art, entertainment and fundraising! This year, we are again grateful for the support of our volunteers, donors, advertisers, sponsors and of course, all of our talented artists who choose to participate in this event year after year.

Some of our highlights this year include:

Wine Sampling from Apothic Wines apothic.png

Glamour Noir Theme: Dress Code for Guests is RED, WHITE AND BLACK-Order a Mask with your ticket purchase and show your support for BC Artists!

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Food Vendors & Cash Bar

Body Painting Competition

Fashion Show by Nancy Perreault

Live Painters

Silent Auction

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VIP Tickets with Swag Bags Valued at over $150 /each

Each year, we strive to make this event a great one for artists and for guests in our community. Annually, we help over 200 artists exhibit, show and sell their work via MAB Art Studio and Boutique Gallery, as well as pop ups, trade shows and markets. We also hope to help others with their creativity by offering studio painting classes for beginners and children from all over BC. All the funds raised in our auction support BC artists and exhibitions via Make and Break Arts Foundation. If you don’t have your tickets yet, what are you waiting for?!

Order your ticket here:

https://theartworldexpo.com/attend-event-3/

 

 

Early Bird Tickets Close in 10 Days!

We are excited about our 6th annual event on Friday, May 13, 2016 at our beloved Science World. Join us for “Glamour Noir”, an evening of art, fashion and music. Dress code is RED, WHITE and BLACK.

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$25/TICKET UNTIL FEBRUARY 29, 2016

$50/TICKET MARCH 1, 2016

Special 6th Year Event Features:

100+ Artists!
Vendors: Painters, Photographers, Jewellery Designers and much more will be onsite showing and selling a collection of their best works. All original, all unique.

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Lala’s Art-Click on the Image to see more!

Catalog Launch: Fashion Show
Fashion show by Nancy Perreault, one of BC’s most interesting designers. Nancy has worked with hundreds of brands and is an expert designer whose experience ranges with work for brands such as the BC Lions, Bacardi, Coors, Kokanee as well as costumes for exclusive events such as the Vancouver Olympics. Please visit her website for more information: Nancy Perreault

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Food Vendors!
We are pleased to offer unique LOCAL BC foods by culinary experts. Savoury and sweet, treat yourself to experiencing some of the local foods that will be available at the event this year.
Elena Krasnova Patisserie and Hot Arusha will be just some of the fabulous foodies attending!
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Click on the images to learn more about Elena and Hot Arusha! 
World Famous Body Painting Competition!
Always a crowd favorite and not to be missed!

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Learn more about Little Monsters Studio by clicking on the photo!

Live Music & Performances
Kara Lockwood
The Strangest Days

Silent & Live Auction
Unique Pieces: Over 50 pieces of original art work from artists who are participating in our event!
Hotel Packages, Things to Do Around Town, Beauty Packages, Travel Excursions, Services from local businesses and much more! Live Auction will take place on main stage at 10:00PM from artists who will be live painting at the event. Watch as artists create their masterpieces and then bid on them after they are finished!

All proceeds from the live and silent auction benefit Make and Break Arts Foundation to support facility rentals for exhibitions, arts programs for children and adults, mentorship for youth employment programs and opportunities for local and international artist development.

Art World Expo | 604 999 6166 | artists@theartworldexpo.com |
http://www.theartworldexpo.com

The Work of an Evil Mastermind

The Work of an Evil Mastermind 

McLeod, Kelly James

An Interview with Kelly James McLeod

By Alyssa Laube

About: Kelly James MacLeod is a 44 year-old husband and father of six with the “limitless imagination of a 5 year-old.” He works as a freelance makeup artist who focuses on fantasy and science fiction-themed pieces and was professionally trained at Blanche Macdonald Centre.

How did you choose the name, Mastermind By Design”?

It came about in the mid-90s while I was going to college. One of the projects in my business marketing class was to create a viable business, and a friend and I decided to do a t-shirt company that would showcase my art. My friends always called me an “evil mastermind”, since my imagination always went off on different tangents, and the name stuck for our business. When I had the opportunity to create a new makeup company after going to Blanche, I decided to re-use the name!

McLeod, Kelly James Kinky Klowns

You work in a lot of different areas, such as airbrushing, bridal design, and special effects. How do these compare, and which is your favourite to do?

When I first left school I threw myself into absolutely everything! From fashion to runway to weddings and beauty makeovers and demos – I mean everything! However, I do prefer character-driven genre pieces. Full body make ups and character creation are my thing.

How did your training at Blanche Macdonald change you as an artist?

Before attending Blanche McDonald, the only make up I ever did was on my kids at Halloween. One day, I had the opportunity to see a make up demo by Howard Berger, made famous by his work on The Walking Dead. After the demo, I got 20 minutes alone with him and he basically told me to learn everything I possibly could about make up. Well, I guess the universe had something in store for me, because Blanche McDonald sponsored my program and I have never looked back. They gave me the tools to bring my imagination to life, and gave me the confidence to make my mark in the industry. Blanche McDonald change my life.

What are some of your biggestor most well-known projects?

Some of my most well-known projects are:

“Ugly Betty”

Horror theme

Model Lia Awesome

Photography by Jonny Ray Studios
“Epic Battle”
Superhero theme, full body paint and airbrush

Models Gemma Doyle and Cindy Van Beek

Photography by Ken Nash
And “Golden”
Hand sponged body paint

Model Sarah Notman

Photography by Greg McKinnon

I also have a “Kinky Klowns” series with Prudeworld.com that’s gaining a lot of popularity.

Can you list some films, people, books, etc. that have inspired you greatly in your work?

I was a child of the 70’s and 80’s, so for me it was comic books, Dungeons & Dragons, science-fiction, Star Wars, etc. that fed my imagination from the time I was a little little boy until now! I can’t really pinpoint anything specific that inspires me because I get inspired every day by people, things, and other artists. My imagination literally does not shut down for any reason!

You seem to have an interest in clowns and zombies. Why do you think youre drawn to that kind of work?

Clowns and zombies are kind of what’s popular right now. Zombies are always fun to do since everyone loves them; it’s what people usually ask for. As for clowns, either you like clowns or you don’t. I think, personally, clown make up on a male is creepy while clown make up on a female is kind of kinky. Still, I do not limit myself to just those two characters.

McLeod, Kelly JamesBuisness Card

What are your hopes, as an artist, for the future?

My goals for the future in make up are already in play. I have started a production company with a friend called “Mastergraf Productions”. We’re looking to write, direct, and produce our own short horror films. We are currently working on a script but it’s still very much in the developmental stage. I work very closely with prudeworld.com where I am the art director and key make up artist for erotic, fantasy-style shoots. I do everything else with Mastermind By Design. All in all, I just want to create new and amazing characters and bring them to life. My imagination is vast, so I have a never ending source for material. I want to bring something visually new to the public and I just hope that they like it.

To see Kellys work, visit:

https://www.facebook.com/kjmcleod1