Christi Belcourt – Visual Artist


Christi Belcourt is a Michif (Métis) visual artist, an author, an environmentalist and an advocate for the lands, waters and Indigenous peoples. She is a lead organizer for the Onaman Collective that focuses on resurgence of language and land based practices; and, the lead coordinator for Walking With Our Sisters, a community-driven project that honours murdered or missing Indigenous women. Her work Giniigaaniimenaaning (Looking Ahead) commemorates residential school survivors, their families and communities to mark the Prime Minister’s historic Apology in 2008 and is installed at Centre Block on Parliament Hill commissioned by the Government of Canada. She was named the Aboriginal Arts Laureate by the Ontario Arts Council in 2015, and in 2016 she won a Governor General’s Innovation Award and was named the winner of the 2016 Premier’s Awards in the Arts. Christi is the author of Medicines To Help Us (Gabriel Dumont Institute, 2007) and Beadwork (Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2010). Her work is found in the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Gabriel Dumont Institute, the Indian and Inuit Art Collection, Parliament Hill, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and Canadian Museum of Civilization, First People’s Hall.

Surrey Muse is honored to have Christi Belcourt’s art work on our poster for the March 2018 gathering.

The art work comes with the following text:

Water has no flag, Water knows no race.

The earth’s belly grew
of sun and moon and stars
until her waters broke and all of creation took its first breath
crying out “glorious is life” into the four directions.

And for a million moons
and a million cycles around the sun
she danced, birthing beings as miraculous as the stars,
while the sun and moon
danced like jewels on the surface of her seas
and all of creation sang in unison “glorious is life”.

For a million moons and a million cycles around the sun,
all drank from the shores of her veins,
all whose bones returned to her flesh
all who come from her all here now
carrying within them all who ever were
and all who will ever be.

Our mother
whose waters broke on that first day
and made song possible,
We sing now for you,
Drumming to your heartbeat
with nothing left to give but our bones and flesh as an offering,
so that we too can drink in life from the shores of your veins
for another million moons
and another million cycles around the sun.

View Christi’s art practices
christibelcourt.com/cv
Contact Christi
belcourtart@hotmail.com
@christibelcourt

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Aandaano – Surrey Muse

Andrew Bainbridge aka Aandaano is a painter, sculptor, and a traditional drummer and singer who has exhibited his work in Asia, Africa, Europe and America; and, his paintings are part of collections in Germany, France, Netherlands, Canada, United States, Thailand, Poland and Cook Island. He has participated in various exhibits including ‘Bear of the North’ (Group Exhibit with Brian Marion, Toronto City Hall); ‘A Meeting of Two Nations’ (Green Soapstone carving presented to the High Commission for the Republic of South Africa as a gift to President Nelson Mandela during Nelson Mandela’s Farewell Tour, Regina, AB); and, ‘Art up high’ (Vancouver Lookout). Andrew also produced an alternate radio show that focused on First Nation music, culture, opinion and politics; and, he has taught workshops on carving and theory of art. He was the First Nation Ambassador to Poland. Throughout his journey as a ’60’s Scoop’ survivor, Andrew rediscovered his roots through his paintings, and later sculpture.

Andrew began to work in the woodland school of art when he was 9, and, around the age of 12, he was flown from Sandy Lake to London Ontario to participate in an exhibit with Daphne Odjig and Alex Simeon Janvier, both part of the ‘Indian Group of Seven’. In 1991, he met Brian Marion, Norval Morrisseau’s apprentice of 10 years, and together, they became heavily involved in First Nation ceremony, travelling throughout all of North America. He apprenticed for 10 years with Brian Marion before continuing on to Asia and Europe where he represented his culture and became an ambassador of Eastern Woodland Art around the world. In Norval’s dying months, Andrew was authenticated by Norval Morisseau as part of the Eastern Woodland School of art.

Contact Andrew
misteranonymous234@rocketmail.com

At the January 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Andrew will be the Featured Artist. More information about the event is here:
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Helga Parekh – Surrey Muse

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Helga Parekh is a writer, artist, sculptor, potter, and a performer. She has published a self-made chapbook of her poem called ‘Learning from the Timeless Beauty Of a Tulip’ in 2016. Her poems have appeared in various publications, the latest being Saving Seeds (New West Writers, 2014), and her poems were the finalists in the Burnaby Writers Society annual writing contest in 2012. She has illustrated a children’s book ‘Ramya’s Stars’ by Mala Ashok. It was published by Pratham Books, a not-for-profit organization in India, in multiple Indian languages to promote reading among children. It is available in Hindi and English at the Surrey Libraries. Helga was a member of New West Writers, a member and sometimes facilitator of Renaissance Book Writers. She is a Core group member of Surrey Muse since 2012, and she is the Group Facilitator of Surrey Muse Writers. At this time, she is working on another book of poems that also may contain her illustrative art. In 2017, Helga completed the Southbank Writer’s Course at the SFU Surrey campus.

Contact Helga
helgaparekh@yahoo.com

At the July 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, Helga will be the Host. More information about the event is here:
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Pamela Bentley – Surrey Muse

Pam at workA kundalini cowgirl rooted in the moment.

Pamela Bentley is a poet, writer, teacher, workshop facilitator, radio host and a short-film producer. She has published four chapbooks of poetry, the most recent being Sea, Sky, and Everything In Between (Fall 2017). Since 2011, she co-hosts weekly show, Wax Poetic, on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5FM, that can also be found as a free podcast on iTunes. She has served as the Director of Member Services at Co-op Radio. She hosts the (mostly) monthly ‘Chicken Sessions’ poetry and music performance salon at her home in East Vancouver, and she became a ‘Centurionatrix’ at the Vancouver Poetry Slam in 2016, the only woman in North America to share 100 poems on a poetry slam stage without repeating one. She is now the Directing Manager of Verses Festival of Words which takes place every April, produced by Vancouver Poetry House. Her poems have been published in Sin Fronteras, Quills, and RCLAS Royal City Poets.

Pamela has produced and production coordinated short films including book trailers for Dennis E. Bolen and Kevin Chong, a video interpretation of George Bowering’s poem, and the mockumentary web-series ‘Vita Bella: The Dogumentary’ that she also co-wrote. Pamela has taught English, Creative Writing, Performance Poetry, and Drama to high school and college students in Ontario, Alberta, Punjab (India), and in New Mexico. She and her stories were born in the bayous of Louisiana, raised on the Canadian Prairies, ripened along the Ottawa and Rideau rivers, then steeped in India and the American Southwest.

Visit Pam at work
versesfestival.ca
Contact Pamela
kundalinicowgirl@yahoo.ca

At the January 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Pamela will be the Booksigning Author presenting her latest collection of poems titled Sea, Sky, and Everything In Between. More about the event is here: january-26-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Sana Janjua – Surrey Muse

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Sana Janjua is a poet, performer and playwright. Her writings have been published at The Laaltain and Uddari Weblog, and she has presented monologues at various cultural and literary venues. Her play Migration, written and directed for a group of Pakistani-Canadian youth, expresses the experience of loneliness and pathos of (forced) migration and exile. Her monologue Smaller Names explores the dynamics of silencing of women’s voices/stories, and the trauma and shame they endure as they speak. As well, her poems and monologues focus on the invalidating environments produced by neoliberalism. She has hosted events to commemorate Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Women’s International Day, Surrey Muse, and numerous book launching ceremonies for authors. Sana is now working on a full-length play and a chapbook of her poetry and essays. She is a Founding Member and the President of Surrey Muse. Sana is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, and enjoys working in the field of mental health.

View Sana’s poems
uddari.wordpress.com
Contact Sana
sanajanjua@gmail.com

At the July 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sana will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here:
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