October Feature Artist: Monika Blichar
Monika Anna Blichar was born in Italy in 1982. Her family immigrated to Canada in the early 1980’s, initially settling in Red Deer, Alberta and then moving west to B.C. in 1996.
Monika completed a B.A. in 2006 in English and French from the University of Victoria and went on to obtain a teaching credential with the B.C. College of Teachers in 2007.
Primarily self taught, Monika also studied art at Camosun College where she learned various techniques and strategies in creating contemporary and surreal work. She continues to pursue creative projects and is exploring various professional opportunities in the arts which include painting, body painting, sculpting, photography, event coordination and international travel. She has recently formed her own Arts & Entertainment Company; MAB Ventures Inc., as well as a Non-Profit Society; Make and Break Arts Foundation with the goals of helping artists promote their work and mainstream culture recognize the value and beauty of the creative process. Her passions include the Humanities, writing, traveling, nature, and dreaming.
Art has played a significant role in Monika’s life and continues to be an expression of her flowing imagination, appreciation for beauty, and reflections of seeing beyond the obvious. Her love of the arts and creating opportunities for all artists and the general public has led to partnerships with artists and various local and corporate businesses including Blushing Boutique, YWCA Hotel Vancouver and Sprott Shaw Community College. Her goals for the future are to open a community based arts center in Western Canada welcoming all mediums including performance, education, and exhibition.
“It is up to the beholder to see the art in everything, art is found everywhere,” says Blichar.
To contact Monika, call 604 999 6177 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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