January 2020
Boutique & Studio Hours

Friday 12pm-5pm
Saturday 11am-4pm
Sunday/Mondays Closed
*Please keep in mind that sometimes we are off site working with painting party groups, delivering/sending shipments or meeting artists in their studios. If you happen to come by during hours and we are not in the studio and boutique, please give us a call at 604 999 6177. If you would like to view our current artisans, speak to us about being a vendor in our gallery or shows, or to learn about art programs, please book an appointment prior to your visit by calling us or sending us an email. Thank you!
A Brand New Decade-How to Be Creative in 2020
A brand new year is here and once again, many of us out there feel filled with possibility, dreams and lots of goals for a brand new year but also a new decade! Are you someone who loves a brand new year? I sure am and I am so excited for all that 2020 will bring! This year is extra special because I am celebrating 10 YEARS IN BUSINESS!

The last 10 years have brought many amazing experiences, projects and connections with our community and I am beyond grateful for every minute! (Even all the hard stuff!) This year, we are planning to start our next decade with excitement, celebrations and of course, lots of creativity! I hope you will join in the fun!

As we head into 2020, I often use January as a month to plan and refocus on what I really want from the year ahead. Do you do that too or do you just wing it? Whatever your strategy is, studies on an ongoing basis show that CREATIVITY IS IMPORTANT TO SUCCESS and in fact, a necessity. If you are interested in this topic, have a look at some of these articles:

I wanted to share some ways to be creative in your life this year. If you like some of the ideas, be sure to let me know next time you come or just write a reply to this email. I always love to hear from all of you near and far who have been a part of my last 10 years in business!

1-Surround Yourself with Creativity

A great way to get your creative juices flowing this year is to surround yourself with creativity. Join a group, meet creative people, add creative items/decor to your space, get books on creativity from the library or seek out creative spaces in your city. When we are surrounded with creative people, places and things, we tend to get more creative ourselves!

2-Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

If you are doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, you'll never get anywhere! Getting out of our comfort zones is a key to being more creative in any area of our lives. This year, I am challenging myself and all of you to get out of your comfort zones and push yourself to do new things that you would not normally do. If you have had a dream to do something, let me know and let's help each other stay motivated this year!

3-Get a Creativity Buddy

Working with others can be a great way to stay on track, get more done, and stay accountable. In the last few years, I have buddied up with a couple of partners on projects like Murray the Dragon as well as working on individual events with other designers and artists. Having a buddy to work with has helped the creative process immensely because you now have a partner who sees things in a different way and who can contribute to the project through a different vision. One of our coolest customers introduced us to her creativity buddy this year and the two of these ladies craft together and do fun art projects together when they have time. What a wonderful way to be creative while maintaining a friendship!

4-Make a List

Yes, do it. Make the list! Writing down your goals, ideas and dreams helps you not only visually see what you want to do but it also helps your brain find ways to accomplish the list, even while you are not conscious of that process! Take time to make a list this year and put it somewhere visible where you can see it often and check off things as you do them!

5-Take Time to Check In

We are usually pretty good at this at the beginning of the year, but by the end, do you find yourself just whizzing around day to day to get your to do's done forgetting about that big list of dreams from the beginning of the year? This year, I pledge to take time every week to review my goals, edit and adjust, and make sure to check in with my mental, emotional and physical self daily. Are the things I am doing daily making me happy? Am I taking time to nourish all areas of my well being? Checking in is just as important as being creative and goal setting so that you make sure to take care of yourself throughout the process of being creative in life and living your best life! Be sure to take time to check in with yourself through meditation, exercise, getting away, journaling, or just simply taking 10 minutes a day for silence.

I hope that 2020 brings immense joy, wonder and creativity to all of you and I look forward to seeing or hearing from you this year! Stay tuned for special event announcements this year, 10 Year Anniversary Celebrations and new projects coming up as we head into a new decade of all things creative!

Have a wonderful week ahead and check out all the awesome things happening this month at the gallery as well as in the arts community in Vancouver and beyond! I've picked out some special happenings I think you all might enjoy this month!

Stay creative!

Wishing you all a wonderful 2020 from all of us at Monika's Art Boutique-Studio & Gallery!

Monika Blichar, B.A. & B.C.C.T.
Owner & Founder, Lead Artist, Studio & Gallery Arts & Program Manager and Art World Expo Producer!
Paulina Gorecski
After School Program Leader & In House Floral Designer!
Jorden Liteplo
Creative Connections Music Therapy and Knit Wear Designer!

2020 Art Assistants
Anna , Dirty Paws Designer & Kids Activity Helper
Sophia , Studio Helper & Kids Helper-cool human in high school!
604 999 6177
Join us for our annual Vision Board Workshop with special Guest and Intuitive Reader Melanie Sereda from Her Healing Guidance. Make your 2020 Vision Board and receive an Intuitive Psychic Forecasting Reading for 2020.

$40/per person

January Painting Party: Winter Birch Tree Scene
Join us the last Wednesday of each month for a painting party! All supplies included! Learn new techniques and meet new friends! Come alone or bring a friend!

New legging design!
Paint Brush Life
Will surely help you realize that you can paint anything into existence!
Made in Canada
Design by Monika
New arrivals from Carolyn Bruce Designs! A gorgeous selection of new necklaces perfect for your 2020 winter events!
New arrivals! Shirley's Creations from Cloverdale, BC A wide range of shawls, jewellery, thigh huggers and bandos are here! Great for throwing over a dress, long sleeve top or a bathing suit! Versatile and flattering on all body types!


Join our 10th annual Art World Expo!
We are turning DOUBLE DIGITS!

Homemade Goods
Knit Wear
Skin Care
and more!

Special pricing for:
Non Profits

Submission online HERE
Join us as a guest HERE

Would you like to be a show sponsor? Ask us about how to feature your company this year at our 10th annual event!
Dine Out Festival Vancouver
January 17-February 2
Lunear New Year Festival-Year of the Rat
Ice Skating at the Shipyards!
Also the location of our 10th Anniversary Art World Expo Event!

A huge list of ideas of things to do this month are up at
Vancouver Best Places Blog