Monika Blichar

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.” 

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Let’s Touch Base with Ryan Broderick

by Monika Blichar

Ryan Broderick first came to our studio in North Van with his dad in 2015. He was barely 19 at the time and on record, our youngest exhibiting artist. Though he was young, his talent and drive to succeed in the arts has been a pleasure to watch since his first exhibit with us. He has had his work up in galleries, arts councils and has been creating innovative and unique work since we met him and likely, long before then! We caught up with Ryan and look forward to his exhibition at the 2018 Vancouver event on May 11, 2018 at Telus World of Science.

1-What inspires you as an artist?

I strongly believe that art comes in many forms, but it is all created for the same reason. It is a form of expression. Certain moments and interests in my life assist in inspiring what and how I paint. I am a story teller, but without words being spoken or written. I provide the viewer a story with the intention of sharing similar emotions through the aesthetics.

2-You showed at AWE 2017 and one of your pieces, the razor blades, was really striking and made impressions on a lot of guests. Can you tell us about this piece?

In this piece, I explore the idea of creating skin with X-Acto blades. Giving a found object a new purpose was accomplished by using the two different coloured blades to create the human head. The X-Acto blades create a sense of dimension, as well as a layer of protection for the figure. The eyes have been painted in order to create a glare that pulls the viewer into feeling this figure is a real human. The eyes create questioning of the thoughts going on in the figures mind. The X-Acto blades on the other hand, creates a distance and pushes the viewer back. The X-Acto blades are to represent the first layer of skin that humans put up against others.

3-What mediums do you like to work in the most?

I ideally work with acrylic paint as it dries fast. This allows me to work on a piece for a long duration of time. However, I have recently found an enjoyment using found objects, for instance the razor blades. I found this to be a challenging material to work with, but it gives a mesmerizing result. The use of the razor blades created a dimensional wall piece rather than a flat image.

4-As an artist, what do you think has been the most significant piece that you have made to date?

My razor blade art piece has had the biggest impact on people and has created the most conversation. The style creates a distinct touch that can further be noticed as a piece done by me. This art piece takes on a new aspect on materials and a new element to art. I found a lot of people were surprised once they realized what it was made out of and it hadthem asking questions. The want of asking questions is exactly what I try to create through my art.

5-Will you have Art World Expo special offers or limited edition works available this year?

I will not have any special offers or limited edition works but I will have on display more art like the razor blade piece. These will be ongoing art projects I do over the next few months and could range in materials. The Art World Expo is intended to be the first showing of these pieces for the public to view in person. Photographs online will be the only interaction to get a feel for the art before getting up close and personal.

6-Where would you like to see your art career go in the next 5 years?

I plan on having my Master’s Degree in the Fine Arts Visual Arts. This will hopefully open up opportunities to have galleries represent me and allow my art to be more available to the public.

To view more work from Ryan Broderick, please visit his Facebook Page.

Georgia Belle-Organic Soaps for the Organics Lover

It’s no secret that we are fans of handmade products! At Art World Expo, we also love to promote, use and refer products and services that are helpful and safe for people and the environment too. When I came across Georgia Belle in a Facebook group I belong to, I couldn’t help but become excited that she was interested in joining our Vancouver event in May 2018. I LOVE organic everything. From food to gardening, to organic body scrubs, shampoos and even household cleaners, I have become increasingly aware of what I am using and how that not only affects my body, but also my environment. I caught up with Sarah from Georgia Belle to ask her about what motivates and inspires her about her organic soap business!
 
1-What inspired you to start making soaps?

In 2002, I started learning about the chemicals, animal byproducts and other horrible things that were going into beauty products that I was using every day. Even the testing of products on animals was horrifying to me, as I have been a long time animal rights activist and couldn’t understand why these companies wouldn’t test on people, as we are the ones using them! It all started with deodorant, and then I kept on experimenting with all kinds of products from there! When I started making soaps, I was just in Heaven! I was able to make these great little soaps with extra butters to moisturize my skin, sugars and salts to exfoliate and even charcoal and clay to purify. I had not seen anything else like this anywhere, and I knew I had stumbled on to something great!

 

2-Your attention to the environment is an obvious factor into your decision into starting this business. Can you tell us about some of the ingredients in products that people should watch out for?

Yes, one big thing that I tell people to look out for in the summer months is any type of essential oil being used in things like bug sprays and sunscreens. Even in lotions you must be aware. Essential oils when applied directly to the skin can cause severe chemical burns, whether you are in the sun or a tanning booth. Other people can also develop skin discoloration that can last up to 8 weeks. We do not use any type of essential oils in these products for that reason. Also be aware of products that are made with regular zinc oxide. Our sunscreen for example is made with non-nano zinc oxide, whereas store bought sunscreens contain regular zinc oxide. A nano particle will enter the bloodstream, but a non-nano will not. Chemical sunscreens will enter the bloodstream and that is why DNA altering ingredients like oxybenzone have gotten such bad press lately.
 

3-What is your favorite ingredient to use?

I have a few that I love! Shea butter is very moisturizing, and I use organic fair trade Shea butter in a lot of products! Our soaps, bath candies and lotion bars all contain Shea butter. I use Vitamin E in every skin product for it’s skin repair effects and preservation. I also love charcoal! It purges and purifies pores, helps to remove toxins and metals and leaves your skin feeling very refreshed. It is also used in our Charcoal toothpaste for amazing teeth whitening from the very first time used! It’s just great!
 

4-How do you come up with so many ideas for products?

Over the last 15 years, I have come up with many ideas for skincare etc as it was something that I was needing at the time. If I needed a good toning shampoo, I made a recipe tried and perfected it. If my hair wasn’t growing fast, I researched and made a recipe. There are also so many things that I was coming up with that I had never seen anywhere else, such as sugar soaps and underarm detox for examples. I have several books of tried and tested recipes, and I thought if this is something that I need and use, there must be more people out there who need this too! Since my daughter Isabella (who by the way is ‘Georgia Belle’ 🙂 ) I have discovered that I could make all natural products for her too! She even helps me name some of our products! Frozen bath bombs for example, this is a custom scent that I made as per her request!
 

5-Are you going to have a special product for Art World attendees?

Yes we are! I will be making special soaps for the occasion, bath bombs, all natural mineral makeup and other goodies too! We will also have a great big gift basket that can be won through a product purchase draw.

6-Where would you like to see your business in 2-3 years?

I would like to see us with store fronts in and around Vancouver, and in Canada and the International market as well! I would love to see us grow and expand, have some of our products showcased in other boutiques and maybe some good health stores too.Our goal is to get people off of the chemical store bought products and help people transition to all natural ones. It is another reason why we keep our prices down too, is we want everyone to be able to afford Organic skincare and products for the home. For us it isn’t about making a sale, it is about raising awareness and forcing change to a market that is in desperate need of change. When my daughter is all grown up, I would like for her to live in a world where she and others are not bombarded with chemicals coming at them from every direction. I want them to live in a world where they can use truly great products that are helpful to them, not harmful. It is why I named the company after her! Isabella Georgia Grace has now also become Georgia Belle. This keeps me very hopeful for the future!

If you would like to attend the 8th Annual Art World Expo in Vancouver, please purchase your tickets here.

Studio Seventy Three

by Monika Blichar
It is always really exciting for me to have organizations join our events. I always really appreciate when I see a collective join as not only are they usually representing a multitude of artists, they are usually representing a community engagement process that serves those in our backyard. Today, I caught up with the team at Studio Seventy Three and asked them a few questions about their group and what they do in our community!
1-What is Studio Seventy Three?
Studio 73 is a not-for-profit social enterprise with a storefront located in Surrey, supported by Community Living Society. The artists and artisans contribute in all aspects of running this business. We volunteer and engage with the community as much as we can in order to help bridge the gap between all members of society. We make and sell beautiful, hand- crafted, usable and wearable art.
2-How long has the organization been running and what are the main programs offered?
Studio 73 has been at its storefront location for just over two years. We offer space to other struggling local artists to sell their art for a cost that they would most likely not get elsewhere. We also provide flexible fused glass classes to the general public as well as team building classes for businesses or corporations.
3-What is your favorite part of working at the Studio Seventy Three?
Well, of course we all enjoy getting our pay checks! However, we also enjoy the friendships we have made, the opportunity to express ourselves through our art and the relationships we have made in the community.
4-Have you been able to help a memorable artist in the community via your organization or is there a moment that stands out for you while working at Studio Seventy Three?
We have had many memorable moments! A very recent one – being nominated in the category of Arts and Innovation for the Surrey Mayors Art Award – which acknowledged those who have had a positive impact on their community. We were a top finalist for this award and feel truly honored to receive this recognition.
5-Are you currently looking for members or volunteers? How does someone get involved if they would like to be a member?
At present we are not looking for members or volunteers as we are a small shop. In the future though! If anyone is interested in getting involved you can reach us at 778-565-5095or by e-mail at studio73@communitylivingsociety.ca
6-What are some of the goals of Studio Seventy Three in the next 2-3 years?
We see ourselves with a larger storefront and more artists and artisans.
For more information about Studio Seventy Three, please be sure to stop in at their exhibition space at our event and visit them on Facebook. 

CALL TO ARTISTS: TORONTO AND VANCOUVER

We are excited to be producing another event in Toronto, our 2nd bi-annual, and our 8th annual event in Vancouver! If you are an artist of any kind, you won’t want to miss your opportunity to become part of our tribe!

We are looking for:

-artisan vendors

-body paint competitors

-food and dessert vendors

-beer and wine partners

-performers: musicians and dancers

-speakers and live demonstrations

-sponsors and advertisers: media wall, official stage sponsors, walking advertisers, swag bag sponsors and silent auction donors

To apply to be a part of our events in 2017 and 2018, please see our online application form. To be a sponsor or advertise with us, please visit this page!

Interview with P Delafresh-Toronto Artist

 by Monika Blichar
I meet new artists all the time! There is no shortage of creative people out there, but when you meet really enthusiastic artists who want to grow their careers and expand their crafts, that is what makes me super excited to work with new people. Today, we registered another new artist to the Art World Expo 2017 Toronto event; P Delafresh. I caught up with her and asked her a few questions about her work.
 
 1-What inspired you to start painting?
I was going through a rough patch and someone told me to find a hobby to keep me distracted. I was at Michael’s one day and decided to try out painting. I painted a version of an image I found  on google that I liked and was surprised on how it turned out. I posted it for fun and got some great feedback, so I continued with it. I found myself in another world when I was painting and it helped me escape the realities I was facing at that point in my life. I have always been artistic and been told to showcase my talents but I guess I lacked the confidence at the time. Now I find great pleasure in painting and want to share it with the world. I guess I was inspired by the roller coaster of life.
2-You paint using a relaxed abstract approach and your subject matter covers women. What inspires you to paint this way and also to paint the woman’s form?
I can’t draw actually, I paint abstract because it gives me freedom. No detail or definition just a flow, anyone can look at it and create a story for it. I am also a bit of a feminist, I’m an independent and strong minded individual. I believe that a women is power in all things and should be praised. The women’s body symbolizes strength and power in my eyes.
3-Have you been experimenting with other art forms or mediums like oils, water colour or mixed media?
I have been experimenting with water colours but am still learning and trying things out. Once I have mastered the style I do now, I will defiantly look in to learning more styles and using different techniques. I have no formal schooling or taken any classes for what I currently do, I’m self taught but I will be looking into some classes just to strengthen what I do currently.
4-Do you have artists that you admire or who inspire you?
To be honest, No I don’t. I admire and find beauty in all arts forms. From no named street artist to the great Henri Matisse. I admire art and find inspiration in almost everything I see.
5-Will you have a show special at Art World Expo Toronto?
For this expo no I probably won’t. I still have a lot to learn and will just be selling originals at this time.
6-What would you like to see happen with your art in the next couple of years?
I would love to see myself develop into a favored artist. Hopefully spend my days listening to Bach and painting away. I don’t see many artist out there that have the same style as me. I do hope my unique style gets me somewhere, if not I will still paint away and enjoy every moment of it. I do not paint for the money, I paint because it brings me peace and takes me away to another world.
To see P Delafresh at the event purchase your ticket HERE

Tarnia Loewen-Emerging Artist

by Monika Blichar
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Tarnia Loewen has been one woman who has played several roles in my professional and personal lives over the years. When I first moved to Vancouver, I bought a condo downtown and she worked in the building. Not only was she always happy and bright, she shared her dreams and goals of working as an artist. I’m always eager to hear about art dreams and loved hearing about what she was doing. Even after I sold the condo and years later, we remained friends and business associates. She started to share more of her works with me and invited me to show my art, host an event when she held a Halloween Pop Up Shop in North Vancouver and referred our company for make up work. The more I got to know her, the more I encouraged her to share her work and eventually enticed her to participate in Art World Expo three years in a row.
A talent who has made works for years and is now emerging into her arts career, we caught up with her to share some of her thoughts about art.
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1-What inspires you to create paintings?
What inspires me to paint and create is vibrancy in colour and movement around us.
2-Do you have a favourite artist?
I have several favourite artists, Michelangelo, Salvador Dali, and Jack Shadbolt.
3-What is your favourite subject matter to paint?
My favourite subject to paint seems to be anything outdoors, I am surprised by this as I love still life flowers in vases, inanimate objects and abstract but outdoor scenery seems to keep rising to the surface. So for now I am going with it. There is something about Trees!
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4-What kinds of work are you currently working on?
Currently I am expanding myself into more abstract and have a river/ water series I am working on.  Also going larger.
5-If you could make anything happen with your art and career, what would you like to see happen?
I want to definitely develop more depth and skill, much more flavor, more variety and to provide a peacefulness into a purchasers environment wherever they would choose to put a work of mine.
6-Will you have special offers for Art World Expo guests this year?
Special offers at Art World I am working on bringing more pieces, larger pieces, and some surprises!
To learn more about Tarnia, visit her Facebook Page. 

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

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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

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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! 

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