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 www.mabartstudio.com 

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 Artistic Switch-An Interview with Jordy Johnson

by Alyssa Laube


About: Jordy Johnson is rough around the edges, but with a heart of gold.While recovering from a brain injury, Jordy found his passion in creating West Coast Fusion Art.


You’ve self titled your work West Coast Fusion Art. What is it a fusion of?

West coast fusion art is a mix of West Coast Art and Asian art (old Japanese).


Explain how living on the West Coast has impacted you as an artist.

The different cultures, all of the mountains, and the ocean has impacted me and my art. In a lot of my pieces you will find something to do with the mountains or water. It has been a big part of my life.


You say that you became interested in art after an accident. What was that experience like for you?

The accident I had was a brain injury accident. I couldn’t draw a running stick man before I got hurt. Vancouver’s top Nero doctors have said, “Yes, Jordy, we do believe a switch has been flipped on inside your head.” The artistic switch! I could go on and on about the facts, but it’s better to leave it at that! The experience has been a long recovery. I am still recovering, but to say the least, I am happy and love to draw/paint.


Before you became involved in art, what did you want to do professionally?

I started roofing at a early age when I quit school, then moved on to iron working, and back to roofing as I started my own company. I was happy doing what I was doing with my company, but I also wanted to be a rock star! Who wouldn’t?


How did creating art help you recover?

Creating art sure has helped me recover well! I can sit at my art table and create something for hours upon hours. I love to listen to music while drawing. It is my place. It is the one thing I own that no one can take away. I guess you could say that it’s my bliss!


Are you glad that you became an artist? Why/why not?

I’m not too sure that I consider myself to be an artist. Who even really knows what a artist is? All I can say is that I am very happy. I have found my place. I am learning new things every time I sit down. Without learning, I think life would be pretty boring! Yes, i’m happy with what I do, but not all of the time! Some pieces I finish get stuffed deep into the back of a closet, only to be seen again when i’m gone!


There are also themes of nature in almost every piece, especially pandas and bamboo. What is it about animals and plants that inspires you to create art?

I’m not really sure, maybe animals in my view are peaceful, maybe i’m listening to mellow music when drawing those pieces. I have led a pretty wild life until my accident, maybe it is just my mind saying that I am now in peace!


Please list some of your biggest inspirations, be it people, things, or ideas.

Cliff Burton, my mother, my sister, my son and all my loved ones.


What is it about Japanese culture that fascinates you?

The temples, the samurai warriors, the culture, and I must not forget the beautiful geisha girls.


Were you raised around Japanese culture growing up?

No I was not, but my grandfather had a lot of cool Asian artifacts around his house such as masks and dragons…He had all sorts of stuff! I also love the traditional Japanese tattoos.


What was your experience at the Art World Expo last year like?

Last year’s Art World Expo was fantastic! I’m not really into talking about my art with people (I guess i’m kind of shy) but Monika (the founder) has been great. She lifted my spirits when it came to my art. She motivated me, and told me to be proud of my art, not so humble. I think that the Art World Expo is a great place for any new or old artist to display their art.


How do you experiment with colour and shape?

If a colour works with my art, I keep it. If it doesn’t, I paint over it with a different colour! As for shapes, I just go with the flow.


Do you have any words of wisdom for your audience or fellow artists?

Follow your dreams, and the more you practice the better you will get! Do what feels right for yourself, not for others.


To see some of Jordy’s work, go to https://www.facebook.com/WestCoastFusionArt