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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

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AWE TIPS: Why It’s Important to Participate in Trade Shows

by Monika Blichar

Each year, we get numerous questions about the overall experience of participating as a vendor in our event but also in other events in the area. Though there are many reasons we highly recommend participating in a variety of shows, it is up to each artist and vendor to really think about how each show will be the most useful for his or her business that fiscal year. Whether you are looking for new networking connections, selling more of your work, or simply adding to your CV of shows, everyone’s needs will be different but equally important.

When thinking about participating in an event, we came up with our top three tips for why it’s important to participate in trade shows! Have a look and if you have a suggestion, be sure to leave a comment!

1-New Market 

While the Internet and Social Media are wonderful tools, there is only so much you can do from behind a computer. As an artist and business owner, it is crucial to your success that you mingle with potential customers and fans. Artists who have the luxury of staying behind computers or in their studios have really good sales agents, affiliate dealers and promoters who are paid either hourly, on contract or commission. Even then, they still have to make appearances, do book signings, speaking engagements and show up to events. If you don’t have a budget to hire on contract, hourly or give up a percentage of your sales to an agent, you need to be at a variety of shows to expose your work to new markets. This will help you build a following in new markets and help build your brand identity and recognition.

2-Getting Out of Your Studio

The worst thing you can do is stay in your studio hoping that buyers will come knocking! How will they know you are there if you don’t invite them in? Sure you have event pages, Instagram #HASHTAGS and probably (or hopefully) an email marketing newsletter, but getting out to meet people in person is so much more effective it is ridiculous. Getting out of your studio doesn’t just mean that you need to go to trade shows and set up an expensive booth; you can get out of your studio an market in creative ways without spending a fortune. Here are some of our favourite ways to share work:

-Live painting at an event

-Giving a talk or demo at a workshop or trade show

-Partnering up with a local charity and giving back

-Donating to Swag Bags

-LIVE Streaming from events you are attending

-Offering Classes or Workshops at your studio

-Being a guest facilitator for a corporate client

3-Location, Location, Location 

Where do you want your work to be seen? If you have a higher priced product, will you sell it at a school craft fair? If you have a less expensive mass produced product, will you sell at a luxury boutique? Likely, you need to sit down and make sure to show and sell your work (and its varying degrees) in the right places. If you are participating in shows that don’t offer you what you are looking for not only in terms of sales, but of networking, affiliate marketing, and growth opportunities, why bother? Before you sign up for any show, make sure you ask yourself the questions: “Why am I doing this event?” and “What are my goals for this particular event?” Be sure to gain as much insight into your own responses as possible and work with the coordinator(s) of each event you participate in closely to help you achieve your goals.

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This year, we are participating in the West Coast Women’s Show again and we’d love to see you. Enter to win 2 tickets to the show by heading to our Facebook page and finding the photo below with the contest details! Contest closes October 15! Good luck! 

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Art World Expo at the West Coast Women’s Show!

Art World is always looking at new and innovative ways to share creativity! Last weekend, for the first time we participated in the 15th Annual West Coast Women’s Show. The premise was to pull together local and independent aritsans, jewellers, writers and one of our sponsors, all women in business, into a group booth featuring just a small selection of some of the works we feature annually. What a great concept and what a fantastic show!

Big congrats to all of our participants who made great sales, got a ton of exposure and hopefully, made lots of new connections!

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Art, Jewellery, Fashion, Accessories and even Booty Bras! We had it all at this event!

Big thanks to our sponsors at Jenny Craig for handing out guests healthy snacks at our booth all weekend!

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Would you like to be featured at one of our community exhibitions? Learn about how you can participate in group exhibits at large shows with us by sending an email to artists@theartworldexpo.com or by calling 604 999 6177