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MONIKA TAKES FRANCE!

Some of you know that our owner and founder of MAB Ventures Inc., Monika Blichar, is taking a tour to France this summer alongside 9 creatives! As part of her fundraising and commitment to supporting kids summer art camp at our studio while she is away, she is currently painting 40 pieces to support the cause! A big thank you to everyone who has supported the initiative by purchasing one of these pieces!

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One of our kids class participants was inspired and painted her own version of the Talon Haut. Thank you to Shoe Straponz for commissioning this painting. www.shoestraponz.com 

40 Painting Challenge-Each Piece is $100!

Each sale of this 40 painting series will help take a group of artists to France for a professional international painting trip for two weeks. Faciliated by our studio and gallery; MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery, Monika will be teaching in France, but the studio in North Vancouver will remain open during this first international painting trip we are coordinating along with our guide Lynda Wrigley. By purchasing one of these original paintings, you are directly helping our studio and stable of artists gain international exposure and experience as well as facilitate cultural exchanges in the arts. Our studio will continue to facilitate classes and offer our third year of summer art camps for over 130 children. Our goal is to faciliate these trips year after year and with your help in any way possible, we can help dozens of artists exhibit their work and participate in professional development on the international stage.

The current paintings that are available are:

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To purchase one of these peices, please visit: http://mabartstudio.com/store.php#!/Monika-Art/c/5833065/inview=product51497706&offset=0&sort=normal 

Not in the market for a new painting? Art Cards by Monika are also available. Each is $4 and all proceeds support the studio while the tour is happening this year. Everyone needs a greeting card and these are stunning!

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For more information about the trip details and how you can help or sign up for our trip next year, please visit:

http://www.gofundme.com/kf8vig

 

Looking for some fabulous advertising? Monika is currently working with select companies to advertise products and services while we she travels. Do you have an interesting product or service you’d like to promote in France, Poland and Germany? Grab a sticker on her suitcase,  travel tote or even get your photos on the official photography for the event! Learn more about advertising opportunities for your business here: http://mabartstudio.com/events.php 

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FREE Art World Expo tickets for you!

We are so excited about our show this year, after all, it IS our 5th Anniversary! In honor of this momentous occasion, we want you all to be sure to have your tickets ready long before the event in May and have a special promotion for you until September 8!

This month, our founder and CEO Monika Blichar, is participating in a pop up gallery “Acts of Random occupaTion” in Deep Cove along with 7 other talented local artists and designers, some of whom are also part of AWE 2015! As part of her mission to bring everyone out to the Expo for the Fairy Tale Inspired 5th anniversary event, with every purchase made on any of pieces by Monika Blichar from the gallery, clients will receive two free tickets to Art World Expo!

A fabulous deal for those who would like to collect Monika’s work as well as join us at our event on May 1, 2015!

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As an added special bonus, if you show this coupon upon purchase, either printed or on your Smart Phone, you will also be eligible for 10% off any of Monika’s pieces on top of claiming your complimentary Art World Expo tickets! Tickets to the Expo are currently $40/each.

Monika is exhibiting 20 pieces for sale at the exhibition running until September 8, 2014. Ranging from hand painted and mixed media tiles, to paintings, signed limited edition prints and one hand sewn custom collarette. Pieces range in price from $60-$2500.

Each week, participating artists will also be doing live demonstrations free for the general public. Monika will be live painting August 21 & 22, September 5 and Face Painting by donation to support AWE 2015 Toronto Expansion on August 24 for Deep Cove Days.

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For more information on the gallery hours and a full list of exhibitors, please visit the Acts of Random Occupation event page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/666266263458563/ 

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Adelle Airey shows for the first time at Art World Expo 2014

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Interview With…

Adelle Airey

by Alyssa Laube

About: Adelle Airey describes herself as a “self-taught artist, typically creating acrylic paintings of single flower blooms or plant life covering the entire canvas.” To learn more about Adelle, go to http://www.facebook.com/AdelleAireyArtworks

 

Is this your first time at the Art World Expo? What are you looking forward to?

Yes.  I am looking forward to having my work on public display for the first time.

 

How did you get started in art?

I have always loved to draw and create things.  My grandmother liked to paint and she encouraged me to paint even if it was just as a hobby.  I was recognized in my senior years of high school, as Seaquam Secondary’s “Outstanding Senior Art Student” and commissioned to design and paint a hallway mural.  My pencil & ink drawings and water colour paintings were proudly hung around my parent’s house.  Many of my early pieces were given as gifts to special friends.

 

How were you influenced as an artist by your heritage or home town?

Our family lived on a small non-working farm in Delta in the70s.  Growing up surrounded by colourful things in nature and interesting personalities of animals, has definitely influenced my art.

 

Who was your main inspiration growing up and how has it changed from then?

Artists like Patrick Nagel and Ty Wilson have probably made the biggest impression on me as an artist.  I admire their simplicity of style and use of contrasts and colour.

 

Many of your paintings are of flowers. Is there any specific reason for this?

I still have the first photo I took with my parent’s camera.  I was 9 years old and it was of a rose in our garden.  I appreciate the wide variety in plants and flowers, and they allow for artistic expression.


What do you consider your “big break”?

Art World Expo 2014 !

 

How have you developed as an artist, both professionally and personally?

I realize I cannot be afraid to experiment.  Researching techniques and ways to improve as a painter may not always lead to a “good” piece, but that is ok.  Personally, I have “developed” in facing my fears and gaining confidence in myself as an artist.

 

How did you receive your training?

I am a self-taught artist with no formal training.

 

You also create sculptures. How did that start?

I started a craft project over the winter of ‘93. My first Paper Mache sculptures were a decorative bowl and a prickly pear cactus.  After showing a co-worker what I had made, she asked if she could commission a piece for her home.  The sale of that piece quickly lead to another 5 commissioned pieces.

 

Have you ever gotten “Artist’s Block” and if so, how did you deal with it?

I didn’t do any art for a long time.  Don’t know if that was a “block” or just letting life get in the way of something I really needed to do.  I find setting a goal or deadline for a piece helps motivate me.  I try to work on my art only when I’m in the mood”.

 

What is your favorite (and least favorite) thing about being an artist?

Fav: I get a lot of satisfaction when I am finished a piece and it turns out the way I envisioned.  Least fav: criticism that is not constructive.

 

Did you always want to be an artist? If not, what did you want to be and when/why did you change your mind?

Yes.  I just didn’t really know what kind.  I thought about being a graphic artist; makeup artist; or interior designer.