MAB Ventures Inc., an arts and entertainment agency, does whatever it can to expose the local community to art. In its staff's hands, that could mean connecting clients with a collective of artists seeking custom commissions, hosting art workshops, or organizing art exhibitions that allow the general public to interact with local artists.
One such exhibition is the annual Art World Expo, which showcases everything from painting and photography to fashion and jewelry. The exhibitions often follow a theme?such as 2014's circus theme?and feature live musical performances, fashion shows, and body-painting competitions. After browsing the wares of various artists, expo attendees can purchase their favourite pieces or award the creators with homemade Best in Show ribbons. Proceeds from Monstars and Beasts Haunted House support the Make and Break Arts Foundation, which support arts initiatives like Art World Expo in BC.
Awarded honours for store design by The Retail Council of Canada, Caya supplies modern photographers with an array of gadgetry, plus photography products and print services. After picking up a four-gigabyte USB flash drive at any Caya location, buyers plug the drive into their computer, digital camera, or brain to upload images, then drop the drive off at any Caya location for development of up to 250 4”x6” images. Using advanced printing and imaging technology, Caya can develop images with sharper contrast and more precise colour rendering than the traditional wet development of silver halide chemical printing. Caya's process blooms the deep reds, magentas, green shades, and '80s fluorescents that older modes often cannot capture, and its greater dots-per-inch (DPI) resolution capabilities can result in clearer images.
Crystal Palace is the Yaletown home of Madame Sonia, an intuitive, licensed psychic with 35 years of experience seeing into the future. She’ll work off of your personal energy and give you a glimpse into your past, present, and near and far futures with a half-hour reading of your choice. Choose a psychic reading for a glimpse into what lurks around time’s corner, opt to let Madame Sonia tell your story by reading from the tarot cards, or lay down your hands and have her read the cracks and coded-crevices to gain insight into the secrets you hold in the palm of your hand. Call ahead for an appointment.
Paul Iacobazzi has been a salesperson and a sales manager since 1978. He's worked in a variety of industries, and eventually made his professional home in the automotive industry. Over the years, Paul won numerous awards for his auto-selling skills. At The Auto Trainer, he and fellow experts—including the man who first trained Paul back in the day—share their secrets with people who want to add sales to their arsenal of career tools. Classes and workshops focus on salesmanship, but also include interview training and career counseling.
The photography studio at Photonation captures twosomes, kids, and multifarious groups with professional equipment and flattering lighting. During the half-hour in-studio session, lens masters refine the chosen pose and ensure that no over-achieving mayoral candidates are hogging the frame in order to capture graduation pictures, family portraits, and headshots. Using Chromakey technology, photographers can employ digital trickery and cinematic green screens to place subjects in familiar and inventive backgrounds of their choice. After the shoot, camera artisans touch up images with professional airbrushing and other enhancements. Charges may apply for special touch-up requests, such as googly eyes or additional noses. The session’s perfected pose yields one 11”x14” print, one 8”x10” print, and two 5”x7” prints.
Building a custom canvas print is a quick and easy art project, unlike reconstructing the Tower of Pisa with pipe cleaners. First, upload any image (in JPEG format) from your computer, camera, or subconscious memory to be converted into a work of art. Next, select the canvas you would like your picture to be formatted on. Pricing varies depending on canvas style and size, starting with a $10 7"x7" flat print with a 1" white border. Stretched and mounted across 3/4-inch wooden bars, the standard gallery-wrap print doesn't necessitate a frame. Tons of sizes are available, including a 14"x14" for $78 and a 24"x8" for $80. After making your selections, simply go through the online check out, prepare any pre-existing wall art for its new baby sister or brother, and wait for the art-delivery stork.