Thank you to everyone who made Art World Expo’s 5th Anniversary possible! 

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Art World Expo Body Painting Competition and some of our Sponsor’s Walking Ads!  

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Photos-Omnika in Motion, Carolyn Bruce Fashion Show, West Coast Fusion Art, Jan Kasparec, Hajni Yosivof

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Jackie-Conradi Robertson painting live at the Painting Dreams France Trip Booth! We have one spot left to go to France this summer! Learn more at 

As another Art World Expo passes, the rush and pixie dust of putting together an event of this magnitude are starting to settle. As with any large scale project, there are countless things, tasks and elements that need to be taken care of and done in order for something like this to happen. It is truly amazing how much our community comes together-from near and far, to create this event and the vision of an Art World here in Vancouver. For all of you who helped out and supported the show this year, we want to sincerely thank each and everyone of you for all your hard work, dedication, support and attendance in making Art World Expo’s 5th Anniversary a very memorable one!

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Photos-Catalysis Dance, Coastal Storm Gallery, Roam Gallery 

Some of our 5th Anniversary event highlights included a live performance by The Stangest Days, whose tunes were soulful but playful and certainly got our audience in the mood for celebrating. We also had two special dance performances by Omnika In Motion DANCE and Catalysis DANCE. Wow, were these guys ever amazing! This year also featured a crowd favorite, Carolyn Bruce Designs, jewellery show. Carolyn is a rising star, and with her ecclectic fashion accessories, we were very honored to have her showcase her collection at our event.

Another memorable moment was the auctioning off of Vicki Rae’s live painting of her fairy tale inspired Unicorn. A second bidder emerged from the crowd, offering to bid higher only if he could have a picture of our world famous body painting competition contestants. No one wanted to argue and with that, we saw an 88 year old art enthusiast take center stage and inspire all of us with his heartfelt dedication to the arts community in Vancouver. Our friend stayed until the wee hours of the night just to see the competition and we were so glad to hear of his plans to try to get onstage at the Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga show in Vancouver! What an inspiration!


Vicki Rae with her painting and her happpy 88 year old art patron!

Our body painting competition this year was a hot one; with the most competitors we have ever had, we had so much talent under one roof, it was incredible to see! Hosted by the lovely Denai Johnson and Coordinated by M3 Artistry’s Melissa Meretsky, the theme this year was “Fairy Tales” and these artists did not take the challenge lightly! Each one created an amazing piece of art and we are so proud of each artist for putting forward such exquisite creations. This year’s official winners are Marie-Helene Babin, Kathleen Fowlstone and Angela Ayre. Our People’s Choice Award goes to Kinsey Deakin.

Congratulations to our winners and a big hoorah for all the artists who were involved in such an incredible body painting competition this year.


1st- Marie-Helene Babin


 2nd- Kathleen Fowlstone


 3rd- Angela Ayre


 People’s Choice- Kinsey Deakin

The last performance of the evening was a special surprise “FLASH MOB” put together by First Dance Vancouver. They managed to teach over two dozen enthusiastic dancers and guests the moves to “Don’t Stop Believing” to end a fabulous night of Art World Expo! What a way to end the night; a fabulous tribute to our theme and to our vision at Art World Expo; never stop believing in your dream.


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Photos-Susan Galick Fine Art, Silent Auction and the Sokolovski’s sculptures with one of the fabulous models! 


Guests Tara and Cori enjoying the flower petal walkway! 

Art World Expo is not possible without the support of our family, friends, volunteers and sponsors. All year, we work day and night to make this event possible for over 100 artists each year! We are pleased to serve our arts and cultural community and are so proud of each artist that we have had the pleasure of working with. We hope you all enjoyed the show and look forward to producing this event for years to come as well as expanding our projects nationally and internationally!

A big warm thank you from our family to yours!


Event Producer Monika Blichar with partner Rob Brody, Twin Peaks Construction and Family 


Monika Blichar with sister Edy Blichar and cousin Pawel Grygorasz 


The Power of the Female Form-Rudolf Sokolovski

An Interview with Rudolf Sokolovski

by Alyssa Laube 


About: Rudolf Sokolovski is a talented sculptor whose work is influenced by linear expressionism, the female form, and those he admires. Rudolf specializes in portraying the subjects of his portraits as a fusion of their physicality and spirituality, striking a fragile balance between the two and making his work impactful and unique. To learn more about Rudolf and his work, visit:


Q: You define your art as “Tectonics and Linear Expressionism”. Can you explain what this means in simpler terms, and how your work fits into this genre?

 A: Linear Expressionism refers to rhythmic lines and the flow of forms to express emotion. I believe the father of this style is a French artist by the name of Jean Claude. Some of my pieces do have clear linear elements, but to say all my compositions fall under this style would be inaccurate. In any case, the type of style my artwork falls under is not important to me. What is important is that I am able to express my energy and feelings in my compositions.

Q: When you create a portrait, would you say that it’s more a product of the subject physically, or personally?

A: I like sculpting interesting faces, ones that have character. The physical structure of a face helps make an interesting portrait but ultimately it’s the personality that drives character.

Creating true portraits is an intimate affair, and also a very difficult one to do correctly. Sculpting a portrait that looks like the person is not hard, but capturing the person’s true essence is very hard to do. I’ve destroyed a number of finished portraits because I didn’t think the composition portrayed the person in the right way.


Q: Has your work helped you to understand people better, or in a new way?

A: I tend to look at people somewhat differently. My mind is always studying structure, movement, and gesture when I look at and talk to people, and this helps me in creating my art. I don’t know if it has helped me understand people better, as half the time I’m trying to understand myself, but I pay a lot of attention to body language because I find it’s a truer form of expression than speaking.

Q: In your About page, you mentioned that you’ve been inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Che Guevara. Who do you look up to the most in your current life and why?

A: The people that inspire me have lived a pure life and worked to achieve greatness in their own right, be it composers, athletes, or artists. My father, Valeri, inspires me greatly. He is truly one of the great masters, and I’m very excited that we will be exhibiting together.


Q: Is your interest in Gandhi and Che a reflection of your spiritual and political beliefs?

A: Gandhi and Che are both remarkable individuals. They are such polar opposites in their personality and means, but ultimately they are both a symbol of freedom. My whole life I’ve been searching for the meaning of freedom. It’s something in my blood; something that has been passed down to me.

Q: Can you explain what you mean when you speak of the power of women, and what it means to you both personally and artistically?

A: Some will say that we live in a man’s world. But whether or not you want to admit it, the fact of the matter is that women are the driving force of evolution. It is a Yin-Yang relationship, two moving parts. Take women out of the equation and life becomes meaningless.

We are part biological and part spiritual beings. Aesthetically, the beauty of the female form is unparalleled; the gentleness of every bend and curve, the gracefulness of her flow. Human beings are visual creatures.