Art Masters Canada Day Celebration: Participating Artists

VVAF is excited to merge their popular Art Masters competition with their new summer program Art Downtown, in celebration of Canada Day.


8 artists, 1 theme, 1 mystery box of unconventional art supplies, 1 hour.


Art Masters is an art competition in which 8 professional artists create a piece of artwork based on a theme (which will be announced on the day), using one mystery toolbox filled with unconventional painting tools. They will have one hour to create a piece of art based on this theme, requiring them to unleash their creative talents within an exciting environment.


Below you can find out more about the artists participating in Art Masters, and hear from them about their work and practice.


Participating Artists:


Bita Motamedi


As an artist-researcher with more than 10 years of experience in creating thematic representational Concept-Images, she considers her artwork to be a project in a social context. She always develops it to a linguistic nature. Her artworks are practical demonstration of many different balances that consist of the features of two dimensional picture and physical world. We are naturally experiencing them. She makes viewers get involved in this process by physical source as motivation to discover the ideas existing in nature. She sees each word as potential image and would aim at the imagination of the public, a little referring to the poem. Discovery and prediction of social patterns of behaviour and recognition of the potential actions will be the main “Function” of her fine artworks that she depicts as “ Concept-Image”. She hopes to reach the point where the visitors get different viewpoints on art concepts while taking part in. This emphasizes the natural features of a social context.


Bita lives in Burnaby, BC. She’s a distinguished graduate of Fine Arts. More recently, several of her artworks have been accepted into juried exhibitions in the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC), Portrait Society of Canada, Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial and so on. She was also honoured to receive an award for her water colour painting from CSPWC OPEN WATER 2010. Bita has assembled a collection of her artworks which demonstrate the development of her personal style. It’s a context revealing a growing concept.







Stin Dang

Hiya, I’m Stin! My natural habitat is my desk, I can be seen crouching over my computer in the dark with a mug full of tea and a mess of art supplies scattered atop of it.

I'm really passionate about art -- some people have told me I'm a little too passionate, and I can get carried away talking about it. I think any form of creation is amazing and that art is the most human indulgence there is.






Shelley Brookes


Hi, my name is Shelley Brookes and welcome to my world. I’m an artist, but, I’m not like normal Artists. I paint or create what the universe directs me to paint. When I paint I channel! I allow whoever in the universe to come through and use my hands. I never know what will show up in my artwork and I am just like you! I’m a viewer! I encourage you to not just look at a painting… really look at a painting! When you observe deeply, one can see the hidden pictures. Just like what you’ll see in mine!



Elizabeth Cross


Elizabeth Cross is a prolific acrylic and face artist. She has exhibited her work throughout the Vancouver and Seattle area. Elizabeth absolutely loves to paint colourful vibrant flowers and faces. She has been painting as a hobby for 30 years, however, since 2018 has decided to show her work to the public. Painting for Elizabeth is a complete addiction. She dreams of paintings and what to paint next.






Michael Oyaro


I am Michael Oyaro. I come from Kenya located at the East of Africa. I have a passion for Art especially painting. It all started when i was young , used to draw cartoons. I learned more of Art in high school as it strengthened my artistic skills. My strengths are painting the human figure, especially portraits with a deep meaning/message to it. Most of my paintings, the thought process comes from my life experiences and inspiration stories I have heard from people.






Natasha Redwood-Scribe


Natasha Redwood-Scribe was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and moved to Vancouver at the end of August 2018 to live with her dad and work in the film industry. When she was kid, Natasha always talked about how she wanted to be an artist when she grew up. Now she has an opportunity to make that dream a reality! She experiments in a variety of mediums: acrylic, watercolours, markers, paint pens and digital art. She likes to draw people and faces, in a more stylized way, and she likes painting skies!










Dirk Scribe


Dirk is a local tattoo artist in Vancouver, working out of Sink the Ink tattoo in Port Coquitlam.

Attended ACAD a few years back. Because of this has a deep seeded detest for “artists”.

Made “art” for most my life.

Always loved tattoos.

Always loved pushing my personal limits further and further.

To infinity and beyond.

Loves nachos and Taco Bell.

Astrophysics and theoretical physics.

Dislikes cucumbers.






Andrea Ludwig

Andrea Ludwig has been painting Mayan Art, custom fabrics and furniture in the Mayan Riviera for 17 years. She has spent many years silk painting, experimenting with scares abd sarongs, and wall hangings. Andrea lived in Mexico and worked as the in house artist for Club Maeya Resorts on the beaches of Xpu-Ha where she was continuously inspired by the culture around her.


24–27 Sept 2020

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