Nnamdi Okonkwo – Sculptor

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Any glory or acclaim that ever comes to me
as an artist, I will attribute directly to my mother
and wife, the two people who have stood by me and
have never wavered in their encouragement
and support for me as an artist
.’ Nnamdi Okonkwo

Nnamdi Okonkwo is a sculptor who seeks (in Picasso’s words), to ‘wash away from the soul the dust of everyday life.’ He sees himself as an artist for art’s sake and sees art as a way to ennoble and lift the human spirit.

Born in Nigeria in 1965, Nnamdi studied art at the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu. He graduated with his BFA in sculpture from Brigham Young University (Hawaii) and completed his MFA in sculpture from BYU (Provo) in 1997.

Nnamdi’s works can be found displayed at various galleries and museums as well as in sculptures gardens and private collections throughout the world. His latest work is a large-scale commission installed in the city of Changsha, China.

View some of Nnamdi’s work
nnamdiart.com
Visit his Facebook page
facebook.com/NnamdiSculptures
Contact Nnamdi
nnamdiart@gmail.com

Nnamdi lives and works in Fayetteville, Georgia with his wife, Deidra, and their three children.

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Lavana La Brey – Surrey Muse

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Lavana was born in Edmonton and has lived in British Columbia for most of her life. The co-owner of Renaissance Bookstore in New Westminster with John Preston for over 18 years, Lavana has provided a (free) home to various art and literary activities including literature critique groups, book launches, and music / spoken word open mic events. Her role is pivotal in the development of art and literature in New Westminster where she has facilitated the finding of various art, music and poetry groups.

A budding guitarist and song-writer, Lavana has been a regular participant at the Songwriters Open Mic held weekly at Renaissance Books for the past year. Her songs are rooted in country music but her lyrics allude to varied themes where she freely places herself as an independent mixed race city gal with no pretensions of being anything but.

Lavana also enjoys painting and writing poetry.

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Sadhu Binning – Surrey Muse

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Sadhu was born in 1947 in Punjab, India and moved to Canada in 1967. A retired UBC language instructor, Sadhu has authored and co-authored more than seventeen books of poetry, fiction, plays, translations and research and his works have been included in over forty such anthologies in Punjabi and English. He edited a literary monthly Watno Dur and co-edits a quarterly, Watan. He is a founding member of “Vancouver Sath,” a theatre collective and Ankur,  an English language-magazine.

He sat on the BC Arts Board from 1993 to 1995. As an active member of Punjabi Language Education Association, he has been promoting Punjabi language in educational institutions in BC for the last two and a half decades.

Selected Publications:

Novel:
– Jugtoo, 2002;

Poetry:
– Yaar Mera Driya, 2001;
– No More Watno Dur a bilingual collection, 1994;
– Rishte Dariawan De, 1991;
– Jangal De Virudh, 1986;
– Sone Rangi Sarak, 1976

Short Stories:
– Fauji Banta Singh and other stories, (A Collection in English) 2014
– Katha Canada, Co-Edited, 2000;
– Lihon Lathe, 1994/2001;
– Kis Da Kasur, 1982

Plays:
– Latan de Bhoot Co-authored 2001
– Picket Line, Co-authored, 1995.
– Research / Translations:
– Nastik Bani, 2012;
– Sangharash De Sau Vre, Co-authored, 2000.
– Vot Da hak, Co- Authored, 1997.
– Budh Dhillon, From English into Punjabi, 2002;
– Maluka, Co-Translated a novel from English into Punjabi, 1988.

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Lawren Nemeth – Surrey Muse

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Lawren Nemeth is a song-writer, performer, producer and comedian. He has been performing and writing songs for years and co-hosts the weekly Royal City Literary Arts Society (RCLAS) Songwriters Open Mic. with Enrico Renz.

Along with Enrico Renz and Lilija Valis, Lawren forms part of the Secret Messengers through which he has performed at literary, musical and philosophical events in the Greater Vancouver area, such as Poetic Justice, Renaissance Books and LibertyMingle at Cobalt Theatre.

As part of the Secret Messengers, he will be releasing his recording “Skytrain” (for which the cover is pictured above) at Renaissance Books in September. His solo and group recordings can be seen on YouTube.

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Lilija Valis – Surrey Muse

Lilija Valis is a Vancouver-based poet, spoken word, and recording artist. She is the author of poetry book Freedom on the Fault Line, and she has released a solo recording, ‘Poems of Freedom and Other Everyday Things’, and a group recording ‘Skytrain’ with Secret Messengers. Lilija won Vancouver Tagore Society’s 2017 First Prize in Poetry, and she was a prizewinner at Artists Embassy International 2017 Dancing Poetry Festival in San Francisco. Her work has been featured in various anthologies, and she has performed at literary, musical and philosophical events such as Poetic Justice, Surrey Muse, Renaissance Books, and LibertyMingle. She has hosted poetry and music events and has been interviewed on Co-Op Radio on numerous occasions. Lilija is working on a new book of poems.

More about Lilija
lilijavalis.com
Contact Lilija
lvalis@shaw.ca

At the August 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Lilija will be our featured Performer with Musician Enrico Renz. More about the event is here: august-25-gathering

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