Dhanmatie Singh – Surrey Muse

Dhanmatie Singh (also known as Dhana) is a painter, teacher and an activist of Guyanese descent. An art and chocolate junkie, she once painted a 50-foot-wide mural wrapped around a beach-themed restaurant. She paints the world as an activist and ally. Her creations are stark and direct, with vivid colours, a distinctive emotional appeal, and clear composition around intense themes such as the resilience of Indo-Caribbean women, violence against women, and post-colonial violence and resistance. As a teen, Dhanmatie felt restricted in her role as an Indo-Caribbean Canadian woman and dreamt of revolution. Seeking identity, she became deeply engaged in women’s rights and expressed that through art, writing, and public speaking. She joined Diva: A Quarterly Journal of Women of South Asian Origin in the early ‘90s, a grassroots organization in Toronto that created an alternate platform for feminist dialogue for women of colour that eventually became part of a worldwide wave of liberation to gaining an anti-oppression perspective within our human rights framework. The journal allowed her a voice where she made content-driven art pieces for articles, art for its aesthetic content, and painted posters for women’s conferences. She worked with Diva as part of the Editorial Collective and an Assistant Art Director. Now, Dhanmatie is a Social Service Worker, a third-year student at York University achieving her Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies degree, and an art instructor working within the vulnerable sector. Pre-pandemic, she joined the Jamaican Partnership with Seneca College to provide services to struggling marginalized communities in Kingston, Jamaica. Dozens of Dhanmatie’s beautiful, commission-based paintings have been sold since her days at Diva. Revolution still stirs frequently in her heart.

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At the June 24, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Dhanmatie will begin the Open Mic session. More about the event is here: friday-june-24

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Carla Stein – Surrey Muse

Carla Stein is a poet and painter who has released two poetry chapbooks titled ‘Sideways Glances of an Everyday Sailor’ and ‘Shrieking from the Shore’. She is the current artistic director of Wordstorm Society of the Arts, and a co-founder of 15 Minutes of Infamy, a wordcraft performance venue based in Nanaimo, Canada. Her images and poetry have been published in anthologies and literary magazines including ‘Sustenance’, ‘Lemonspouting’, ‘Pocket Lint’, ‘Stonecoast Review’, ‘Please Hear What I’m Not Saying’, ‘Sad Girl Review’, ‘Ascent Aspirations’, ‘Friday’s Poems’, ‘Island Arts Magazine’, ‘Polar Starlight’, ‘An Anthology of Nanaimo Poetry’ and others.

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At the July 23, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Carla Stein will begin the Open Mic session. More about the event is here: friday-july-23

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Call for Submissions – Surrey Muse Open Mic

‘The Explorers’ by Aaron Pacquette

Surrey Muse went digital in March 2020, and with it, the reach of our cross-genre Open Mic session has widened. We welcome this development by inviting submissions from anywhere in the world.

Guidelines
Send : An original audio or video recording of your own creative work (poems, stories, memoir, nonfiction, songs, skits, dance, art works, any form of art).
Duration : 3-5 minutes
Dateline : Before the Third Friday of each Month
Also : Add your name, web page, and title of your work/s to your email message.
How : Attach your audio or video file to your email message with Subject Line ‘Open Mic Submission: Month/Year’ (‘Nov/2020’), and send it to the two email addresses below:
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Surrey Muse gatherings take place on the Fourth Friday of each month except December. View earlier programs:
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Surrey Muse uses English as its primary language. If you express your art in another language, you are welcome to present the original followed by its English translation.

Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) is mandated to inclusivity and equality. Your work must not contain prejudice based on race, ethnicity, social or economic status, gender, disability, sexuality, religion, or any other similarly abusive category.
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Each gathering features four guest presenters, an author, a poet, an artist/performer, and an open Mic Opener (across genre). Your presentation will be a part of the Open Mic Session that happens at the end of the program. More about the gatherings:
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At this time, we do not offer honorarium for Open Mic presentations.

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Aaron Paquette – Painter

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Aaron Paquette, a descendant of Cree and Cherokee, is an artist, writer, goldsmith and a politician based in Edmonton AB where he was elected to the Edmonton City Council in 2017. Aaron has created numerous public art murals including at Edmonton’s Grandin LRT Station. His paintings can be viewed at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, many local schools, art galleries and other public venues. Aaron also made several images used in the Idle No More movement. Aaron works with acrylic, stained glass and goldsmithing to express themes related to nature and our relationship with earth. His art, in its bright colors and beautiful shapes, is philosophical, historic and influential. As well, Aaron is the author of ‘Lightfinder’, his debut young adult fantasy novel that won him the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature in 2015.

We are grateful to Aaron Paquette for allowing us to use his art on our posters for the 18th Session of Surrey Muse. View them below.

‘Equality’
September 25, 2020 gathering of Surrey Muse

‘Ohow – The Owl’
August 28, 2020 gathering of Surrey Muse

‘Equilibrium’
July 24, 2020 gathering of Surrey Muse

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Ed Kuris – Surrey Muse

Edward Stefan Kuris is a painter, sculptor and poet who is an Associate of the Ontario College of Art (OCAD) since the 70s. An abstract figurative painter, Ed makes soapstone, wood and metal sculptures, brass and copper jewelry, and his work has been displayed in numerous solo and juried group shows in Guelph, Toronto, Fergus, Elora, Quebec, Slovak Republic, Cuba, and Japan. Ed has published two poetry chapbooks, heaven from pennies and lifeboats, and his poems have been published in over forty literary journals across Canada and abroad. He also did a poetry voiceover written for a video titled ‘Cast Aside’ about the aesthetics of dereliction and the fate of IMICO, an abandoned malleable iron factory in Guelph built in 1912. Born in Cape Breton NS in 1947, Ed studied Fine Arts at the University of Windsor and at Ontario College of arts (OCA). He now lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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At the July 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Ed will be the Featured Artist and he will speak to us via Skype. More information about the event is here: july-26-2019-gathering

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