Sylvia Taylor – Surrey Muse

Sylvia Taylor is a writer, editor, and educator. She has published over 400 articles. Her first title The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast (Heritage House Publishing) was published in 2012, and now she’s launching this month another marine-themed non-fiction book, Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascadia Coast. Her prose and poetry have appeared in anthologies and magazines in Canada and the US, and her work was shortlisted for the CBC National Literary Awards. Sylvia worked as executive director and president of the Federation of BC Writers for thirteen years, she is a current director for the Arts Council of Surrey. She has edit-coached over 100 book manuscripts, and she consults with authors and entrepreneurs, and teaches writing & publishing-related skills.

Visit Sylvia’s web page
sylviataylor.ca
Contact Sylvia
words@sylviataylor.ca

At the May 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sylvia will be our BookSigning Author. More about the event is here: may-26-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Katheren Szabo – Surrey Muse


Katheren Szabo is a poet, arts activist and a vibrant community organizer. Her poems have been published in over 20 poetry chapbooks and theme based ezines including We Are Newton, Hands & Heart, Bulbs & Beauty. She is a co-founder of Cedar Bark Poets, a presentation group that meets every month; and, a regular contributor to Friends of the Grove and The Plot in Newton, Surrey. Katheren began writing poetry as code, at 11 years of age, to keep her diary safe from her older siblings. ‘I have kept it all‘ she says, ‘and now have a large pile of dusty journals that hold my poetic life within. I am not a public poet and struggle to give voice to my words. We shall embark together on breaking the mute silence of my writing on May 26th at Surrey Muse Event. See you there!’

Visit Katheren on Facebook
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katheren_szabo@yahoo.ca

At the May 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Katheren will begin the Open Mic Session. More about the event is here: may-26-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Yvette Dudley-Neuman – Surrey Muse


Yvette Dudley-Neuman is an actor, director, writer and producer who has facilitated over forty theater and film productions. She has performed in The F Words, Watermelon Girls & Vagina Monologues; TV/film credits include VAN HELSING, The Hollow Child, and Edna Brown. She has written two short films (Edna Brown, Laundry Day), twenty nine Historical Re-enactment scripts, and a full length play, Christmas Crackers. Her script, THE F WORDS won Honorable Mention in Theatre BC’s 2014 Playwriting Competition. Yvette did her BFA and B.Ed at the University of Calgary, studied with Keith Johnstone (Theatre Sports), and then spent a year travelling the world with the cast of Up with. She has performed for three years in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding. At this time, Yvette is writing a play entitled Titillations, working at The Free Table web series, and, as a long form improviser, portraying psych patients for Psych Nursing students.

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Yvette Dudley-Neuman
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yvetteacts@gmail.com

At the May 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Yvette will be our Featured Performer. More about the event is here: may-26-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Shahid Mirza – Painter/Media Producer

Shahid Mirza
Video documentation: Visual culture of Sufi shrines (2012-to date); Collection of popular posters of fairs and festivals (2013-to date)

Audio recordings: 30 CD set of traditional renderings of epic Punjabi poem Heer Ranjha; 60 CD set of live concert recordings of contemporary classical music of Pakistan

Organized: More than 100 vocal and instrumental classical music concerts with local and visiting musicians from India, Germany, Austria, UK, France & USA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

o Drawings/Paintings, The Drawing Room, Lahore, Pakistan 2012
o Drawings/prints, Hunerkada gallery Islamabad, Pakistan 1994
o Wood-cut prints, Shakir Ali Museum, Lahore 1992

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

o Zahoor-Ul-Akhlaq gallery, NCA, Lahore 2011
o Lahore Chitrkar gallery, Lahore (2001, 2004, 2006) 2009
o Rock Gardens, Chandigarh, India 2007
o The CPI(M) head-office, Delhi, India 2007
o Private showing, drawings/paintings, Lahore 1998

SET DESIGN & EXECUTION

o Stage plays, Lahore Grammar school, Lahore 2011-2012
o ‘Puran Bhagat’, Theatre production by Roshni Village: school for special children, 2010
o ‘Dukhini’, the first joint Pakistan-Bangladesh production, Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Dhaka, Chittagong 2007
o ‘Bala King’, adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’, Goethe Center & Ajoka Theatre, Lahore 1998
o Installation, the Black History Month, New York 1990
o Haitian Dance Festival, New York 1988

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

o Paradise & Crispin restaurant, Lahore 2004-2005
o Atithi, Kababish & Chatkhara restaurants, New York, USA 1987-1991
o Art director, Wings Communications, Karachi, Pakistan 1985-1986
o Studio Incharge, Hawk Advertising, PAF, Lahore 1984-1985
o Art designer, Khyber Horse Film Company, Pakistan office, UK 1984
o Assistant Art Director, MNJ Advertising, Karachi 1983
o Art Director/Studio Incharge, Omen Communications, 1980-1982

TEACHING

o Visiting Faculty, Lahore School of Economics (LSE). Visual communication, design fundamentals, Drawing & Painting studio, Lahore 2012–2015
o Senior Painting & Drawing instructor, Lahore Chitrkar. Figure drawing from life, still life oil painting, wood-cut/Lino-cut printmaking, Lahore 2001–2011
o Instructor, Hunerkada Academy for Visual & Performing Arts. Design studio & art theory, Islamabad 1992-1993

EDUCATION

o Advance techniques in print making, School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York 1990
o Portrait & figure painting, SVA, New York 1989
o NDD, Major: Graphic Design & Advertising, National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore 1981

Contact
lahorechitrkar@gmail.com
facebook.com/shahidmirza

Art by Shahid Mirza
Features on the
May 2017 poster
of Surrey Muse

This particular painting was chosen
by Art director Mariam Zohra
from the following four paintings

#1

#2

#3

#4

Art Director was captured by #2 because, she says:
obvious choice;
incredible figure/being at centre;
shocking burgundy red in a green frame, the white eyes
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A striking image, indeed.
Thank you, Shahid Mirza, for letting us feature it on Surrey Muse poster.
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May 26 Gathering of Surrey Muse

60th Gathering

Author Alan Girling
Poet Fiona Tinwei Lam
Performer Yvette Dudley-Neuman
Open Mic Opener Katheren Szabo
BookSigning Author Sylvia Taylor
Host Mariam Zohra

Featured Art by
Shahid Mirza

5:30 – 8:30 PM
Room 405 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Open Mic
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Book Table

Free event
Donations welcome

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NEW! Featured Art on Surrey Muse posters
Surrey Muse Art Director Mariam Zohra has begun
a new poster series to showcase work of guest artists.
This month, our poster features art by
Shahid Mirza

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Navpreet Kaur – Painter

Navpreet Kaur

lives and works in her own Studio in Kaladham, Greater Noida near New Delhi

painting for the last 25 years

Solo Exhibitions
Painted Terracotta Pottery, Chandigarh, 1995, 1996.
Terracotta Pottery, Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar. 1996
Painting and Pottery, Indusind Bank , Chandigarh, 1998
Painting Exhibition, Fine Arts Museum, Panjab University, Chandigarh 2011, 2015
Painting Exhibition , Azad Bhavan Gallery, ICCR, New Delhi 2016

Participation
Regional Art Exhibition, PLKA, Chandigarh, 1989, 1990.
Exhibition of Paintinsg, Books and Cultural Artefacts, Punjab School Education Board, Mohali 1994
Kalagram Rashtriya Utsav, North Zone Cultural Centre, Chandigarh
Annual Art Exhibition, CLKA, Chandigarh 1996.2006
Surajkund Crafts Mela, Surajkund, Haryana, 1996
Annual Art Exhibition, WE – a Groupf of Women Artists, Chandigarh, 2004 -09
All India Art Exhibition, AIFACS, New Delhi, 2010, 2012
150 Years of Income Tax in National Building -Chandigarh Chapter – a Special Exhibion, 2011.
4th Contemporary International Mask Exhibition , New Delhi & Italy 2012
Continuum – a groupf show of 24 artists, ArtLife Gallery, Noida,
2011
NDMC Centenary Celebration All India Art Exhibition 2014
Alla Prima International Art Fair, through Kadamb Art Gallery, New Delhi 2014

Workshops
Painting in WaterColors, The Watercolors, Chandigarh, conducted by eminent watercolourist Baldev Raj Ratan, 1992, 1994
All India women painters camp, Kud (J&K), NZCC, 1994
International Women Day Painting Workshop, We – a group of women artists, Chandigarh 2004 -2006
Artists Camp, Fine Arts Department, Punjabi University & Patiala Heritage Society, Patiala, 2005.

Collections
Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh
Punjab School Education Board, Mohali
National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mohali , Punjab
Private collection in India & abroad

Studio/Residence
6202, ATS Greens – 2 , Sector 50, Noida, 201307
Studio A 73, Kaladham, Knowledge Park I, Greater Noida
Mobile No. 8800703491, Landline 0120 42111 384
navy65@live.co.uk

Art by Navpreet Kaur
Features on the
April 2017 poster
of Surrey Muse

This particular painting was chosen
by Art director Mariam Zohra
from four paintings
taken from Navpreet’s online exhibition at Uddari Art

#1

#2

#3

#4

Art Director Mariam Zohra’s response regarding her choice for #2:
‘Orange is dilated, face is center: I like that the parrot face is centred and it contrasts with the purple face and an orange dupatta cover-cloth.’
Thank you, Navpreet, for letting us feature your art on Surrey Muse poster.
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Margo Prentice – Surrey Muse

Margo Prentice is a writer of short stories and poems, stage plays and standup comic scripts. She established Golden Age Theatre that ran successfully for 15 years. Her play ‘Women and Escorts Only’ was performed at the Firehall Arts Centre, and her most recent play ‘Mother’s Day’ is being considered by Vancouver Fringe Festival. Margo’s short stories have been published in Canadian Magazine, Vancouver Sun and Royal City Literary Arts on-line magazine, and her poems have appeared in anthologies locally and in Ontario. She performs as a stand-up comic at local comedy venues including Yuks Yuks, Lafflines, Rosedale Pub and Corky’s. She has also done comedy shows in Mexico and Europe. Margo runs Short Story Open Mic in New Westminster, and she is in the process of editing and organizing materials for a book-length work.

Margo considers herself ‘the oldest comic standing’.

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margop@shaw.ca

At the April 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Margo will be our Featured Author, and we expect to hear/see anything from short stories to standup. More about the event is here: april-28-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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