Akram Varraich – Painter/Photographer


Akram was born in 1952 on the right bank of River Chanab in the Punjab province of Pakistan. He is a self taught painter who began painting in 1993 when he spent a year living in an artists commune with painters Iqbal Rasheed, Ahmad Zoay and Shahid Mirza. The commune was located in Iqbal Rasheed’s home in Lahore where ‘they would make paintings and after a few months they’lll collect everything, sprinkle oil on it, and they would burn them / oh log paintings bananday san te fer kujh maheenay baad sab nu ikatha kar k uttay mitti da tel panday san te sarr deinday san.’

Akram uses oil and acrylic but his favored medium is watercolor. Khalid Iqbal is one of the artists he likes. Selections of Akram’s photographs have also been exhibited. He is now working on landscape with ink and reed featuring the gardens of Lahore.

Akram studied linguistics in Moscow, and he lived in Sweden and Spain before settling in Lahore, Pakistan.

Exhibitions 2008-2016
Waheed Tea Stall, Wazirabad
Hoori Noorani, Karachi
Sheema Kirmani, Karachi
Hoori Noorani, Karachi
Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan
Chitrkar, Lahore (photographs)
Waheed Tea Stall, Wazirabad (photographs)

Contact
akramvarraich@yahoo.com
tel.03004891199
facebook.com/akram.varraich

Art by Akram Varraich
Features on the
March 2017 poster
of Surrey Muse

This particular painting was chosen
by Art director Mariam Zohra
from four paintings
taken from Akram’s Facebook page

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#2

#3

#4

Art Director Mariam Zohra’s response regarding her choice for #4:
‘open space
composition
color, the green is brought out by the others
it steps out
reminds of peace.’
Thank you, Akram, for letting us feature your art on Surrey Muse poster.
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SylviaTaylor-WandaJohnKehewin-KatWahamaa-ArtPouchet with Virginia Gillespie at ‘Word Arts LIVE!’ on 26 Feb 2017

At the Word Arts LIVE! event this Sunday, we will have the opportunity with Host Virginia Gillespie to enjoy the work of our features Author Sylvia Taylor, Poet Wanda John-Kehewin, Performer Kat Wa…

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Ed Kuris – Painter/Sculptor

ed-kuris-natalina-rinaldi Ed Kuris with partner Natalina Rinaldi

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Associate of the Ontario College of Art (OCAD) ‘70

PAINTER, SCULPTOR

o abstract figurative painter
o sculptures in soapstone, wood, metal
o brass and copper jewelry
o studio tours Guelph and Toronto
o many solo and juried group shows since 1969: Fergus, Elora, Toronto, Quebec, Slovak Republic, Cuba, and Japan
o paintings used in a film by Academy Award winner Brigitte Berman

POET

o published in over forty literary journals across Canada and abroad
o Ontario Arts Council grant for poetry
o published illustrations of poems
o published two chapbooks: heaven from pennies and lifeboats
o many readings in southern Ontario including: Bookshelf, York university, Mohawk College
o poetry voiceover written for a video titled Cast Aside about aesthetics of dereliction and the fate of IMICO, an abandoned malleable iron factory in Guelph built in 1912

BIO

o born in Cape Breton, N.S. 1947; lives in Guelph Ontario
o Art College Associate since 1970
o studied drawing, painting, and advertising art
o awarded scholarship at OCA (D)
o studied Fine Arts at the University of Windsor
o worked in engineering as a designer, scale model maker, draftsman, and graphic designer

Contact
edskuris@hotmail.ca
(519) 824-5568
facebook.com/ed.kuris

Art by Ed Kuris
Features on the
February 2017 poster
of Surrey Muse

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This particular painting was chosen
by Art director Mariam Zohra
from four paintings
selected by Surrey Muse volunteers
from Ed’s Facebook page

ed-kuris-1 #1

ed-kuris-2 #2

ed-kuris-3 #3

ed-kuris-4 #4

Art Director’s first choice was #2 but she let it go because of the quality of the photograph and no time to request another image.
But, we LOVE the one chosen, it’s an amazing face of a woman or the face of an amazing woman.
Thank you, Ed, for letting us feature it on Surrey Muse poster.
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Patricia A. Donahue – Surrey Muse

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Patricia is an author, an educator, a psychotherapist and a sailor. She has published three novels Mighty Orion – Accord (2017), Mighty Orion – Fate (2013) and Mighty Orion – Secrets (2011). Her writings have appeared in academic journals (psychology), and in anthologies, magazines and newspapers. Her several years of teaching at university included course-units in formal and creative writing at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan (Continuing Studies). The showcased author for UBC-O’s Fifth Year Anniversary celebrations, she was also chosen for the Okanagan Literary Arts Award, representing BC’s interior region, in 2012. Patricia has been a presenter/panelist at the Shuswap Writers Festival, the Kamloops Writers Festival, and the Vernon Writers Festival.

Born on the eastern seaboard of Canada, she grew up in a large bilingual family of gregarious storytellers, singers, and adventurers. She has raised three children on her own and is a practicing psychotherapist. She now resides in White Rock, BC.

More about Patricia is here
vernonmorningstar.com
Contact Patricia
xdonahue@shaw.ca

At the February 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Patricia will be the BookSigning Author. More about the event is here:
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Mohamad Kebbewar – Surrey Muse

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Mohamad Kebbewar is an Aleppo-born Syrian Canadian poet, fiction writer and designer. His poems and short stories have been featured in various literary publications across the country, and he has presented his work at many gatherings in Metro Vancouver and Calgary. At this time, he is putting together the first collection of his poetry.

Mohamad immigrated to Canada when he was 19, settling in Montreal where he earned a B.A. in History at Concordia University. He says: ‘My poetry deals mostly with the Syrian conflict and my frustration at the silence of the international community.’

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mohamad.kebbewar@gmail.com

At the February 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Mohamad will present some of his new poems to begin the Open Mic session. More about the event is here:
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Mustapha Makhdoom (the metronomad) – Surrey Muse

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Mustapha Makhdoom is a South Asian Canadian singer and songwriter working out of Edmonton. He picked up a guitar in the second year of college and that changed everything. He introduced his brand The Metronomad and launched his first collection of songs ‘Opening Doors’. Mustapha combines the poetic and musical traditions of Sindhi and Urdu into his lyrics and tunes. He has performed at various venues in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Now he is working to produce a second collection of his songs.

While Mustapha admits reverence to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, Muse, Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Jack White and Paco de Lucia, the pivotal musical influence for him may have been his own father Zahid Makhdoom, a ‘hobby’ singer of revolutionary poetry who has an amazing voice and an undying passion for singing.

Visit Mustapha’s web page
themetronomad.com/home
Contact him
themetronomadmusic@gmail.com

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Arushi Raina – Surrey Muse

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Arushi is an emerging writer who has just published her debut title ‘When morning comes’. She likes ‘intricate plots, flawed characters, chases, escapes, and sentences that just make you stop and wonder’. Besides writing, Arushi enjoys travelling, arguments, and long car rides. She grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has lived in Egypt, Nigeria, India, the US, UK, and most recently, Canada. As a day job, Arushi works as a consultant in Vancouver.

Contact Arushi
arushiraina91@gmail.com

At the October 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Arushi will present her new book and will be available to sign copies. More information about the event is here:
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