March 22-2019 Gathering of Surrey Muse

80th Gathering


March 22, 2019
Author Cathleen With
Poet Manolis Aligizakis
Performer Roger Berkowitz (via Skype)
Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh
Featured Art by Hobi Fikirleri
Host Fauzia Rafique

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

Open Mic
Book Table
Refreshments

Free event
Donations welcome

Updates will be posted here
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Shahid Mirza – Surrey Muse

Shahid Mirza is a painter, sculpture and media producer born and based in Lahore where he graduated from the National College of Arts (NCA) with a degree in advertising design in 1981. He has been a full time painter since the late eighties, creating a strong impact with his socially aware and cutting edge art creations. In 2001, Shahid set up Lahore Chitrkar, an art center for painting and classical music run and managed by artists and musicians that has since created, curated, recorded and produced Punjabi and South Asian music, poetry, dance videos, audio books and myriad exhibitions of art. As well, Shahid is an art educationist and critic. In 2003, his one day exhibition at the Rock Garden in Chandigarh was the first ever exhibition of a Pakistani artist in Indian Punjab. His paintings have been featured on book covers, art collections, catalogues and posters.

More about Shahid Mirza is here
shahidmirzablog.wordpress.com
Visit his facebook page
facebook.com/shahidmirza
Contact Shahid
lahorechitrkar@gmail.com

At the January 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Shahid Mirza will be our Featured Artist from Lahore via Skype. More information about the event is here: january-25-2019-gathering

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Surrey Muse Program January-June 2019

‘New Beginnings’ by Christi Belcourt & Isaac Murdoch
(Acrylic on Canvas, 48″ x 72″)
Featured on Surrey Muse poster for August 2018

Session 15
January-June 2019

Jan 25
Author Malcolm Van Delst
Poet Craig Wilson Ruttle
Visual Artist Shahid Mirza (via Skype)
Open Mic Opener Veeno Dewan
Host David Macilwain

Feb 22
Author Wanda J. Kehewin
Poet Rob Taylor
Performer Enrico Renz
Open Mic Opener Isabella Wang
Host Helga Parekh

March 22
Author Cathleen With
Poet Manolis
Performer Roger O’witz (via Skype)
Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh
Host Fauzia Rafique

Apr 26
Author John Michael Koffi
Poet Raoul Fernandez
Performer Mariam Zohra
Open Mic Opener Karen Schauber
Host Sana Janjua

May 24
Author Rahat Kurd
Poet Kevin Spenst
Performer Jovian Radheshwar
Open Mic Opener TBA
Host Mariam Zohra

June 28
Author Shashi Bhat
Poet Lozan Yamolky
Performer Saroop Soofi
Open Mic Opener Val Parks
Host Randeep Purewall
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Updates to this program
Will be posted below
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Surrey Muse program is put together twice a year, in Nov/Dec for January-June session, and in May/June for July-November session. Dates are blind-picked by participants through an invitation. Participants are invited from a recommendations list that stays open throughout the year. To recommend authors, poets and performers to be featured at Surrey Muse, use the email address at the bottom of this post or try the online recommendations form

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Saroop Soofi – Surrey Muse


Saroop Soofi is a visual artist, researcher and an art educationist born in Lahore, Pakistan. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in Canada and Pakistan, and she has received awards and distinctions for it. Saroop completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors (sculpture) from Lahore’s National College of Arts (NCA) in 2009. She has done research on identity politics, feminist and postcolonial theory, and she has graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) on the unceded Musqueam territory with a MFA in 2017. She has five years of experience teaching Visual Arts, Art History and Contemporary Sculpture at UBC, NCA and Kinnard College for women in Lahore. Saroop has also worked as a lead actor in long plays for A Plus Television Channel, and with Madeeha Gohar at Ajoka Theatre in Pakistan. Saroop carries out her art practice from her studio in Burnaby, and she works part time for Dhahan Prize for Punjabi literature.

Visit Saroop’s website
saroopsoofi.com
Contact Saroop
soofissaroop@gmail.com

At the September 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Saroop will begin the Open Mic Session. More information about the event is here:
september-28-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Featured Art by Christi Belcourt – ‘New Beginnings’

New Beginnings
Acrylic on Canvas, 48″ x 72″
By Christi Belcourt & Isaac Murdoch

‘The strawberry has always been a symbol of life and happiness for the Ojibway. For many, its called the ‘Heart Berry’ and is a huge part in the Anishinabek Burial Rites. They say that the Milky Way is a path that leads to a New Beginning after we pass away.

‘On this path, it is said a huge Strawberry will be seen on the second day of this journey. This is where we will see fully that Birth, Life, Death and Rebirth are all interconnected and all the same. Time doesn’t exist there… Only life.

‘By praying to the Strawberry we send our petitions into all living things that surround us.’

Commisioned by the Wabano Center, Ottawa

The painting features on
August 2018 poster of Surrey Muse.


Poster designed by Surrey Muse art director Mariam Zohra.

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

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Mandeep Wirk – Surrey Muse

Mandeep Wirk is a writer and social activist who also works as a visual artist, photographer and educator. Her writings have appeared in various publications in Lowermainland including the new anthology ‘Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food‘. The founder of Facebook Page: Art and Culture in Surrey, Mandeep feels that it is important for her to voice her thoughts, ideas, and feelings to challenge social issues such as racism to help foster human rights for everyone including women. She says: ‘By sharing our views with each other, hopefully we can arrive at some solutions to make this a better world for everyone to thrive in.‘ Mandeep was born in Kenya and as a child she immigrated with her family to England. Then in 1972, the year that multiculturalism became official policy in Canada and the doors of immigration opened up to people of color, she immigrated again with her family settling in British Columbia. At this time, Mandeep is working on a book of non-fiction which is ‘a memoir of sorts’, and she is busy creating a set of new paintings.

Mandeep’s Facebook page
Art-and-Culture-in-Surrey
Contact Mandeep
wirkmandy@icloud.com

At the August 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Mandeep will begin the Open Mic Session. More information about the event is here:
august-24-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Peter Daniels – Surrey Muse


Peter Daniels is a painter, an art teacher and an actor who graduated in fine art from Nelson’s Notre Dame University in 1974. He has taught art workshops in different cities of British Columbia, and art classes to grades 8-12 at St. Michael’s University School in Victoria, and later, at Matsqui Correctional Institution in Abbotsford. He also operated a private studio in Surrey between 1981 to 1997; published, distributed and exhibited fine art prints; designed exhibitions and commissioned art during 2004 to 2016. As well, he acts and writes for films. His exhibitions and gallery presentations include Habitat Vancouver (1977), Pre Expo 86 Vancouver (1985), Agora Gallery, Manhattan NY (1997), Long Beach Art Show, Long Beach CA (1997), Winter Olympics, Vancouver (2010), The Vancouver Art Gallery (1981), The Victoria Art Gallery (1981), Gallery on the Lake, Buckhorn ON (1993), The Rubicorn Calgary, Alberta (1993) and Leavensworth and Lynwood Galleries in Washington (1993). Peter was nominated for the Bronfman in Canada in 1999. Since 2000, he works out of his studio in Surrey organizing open houses offline and online to sell his art direct to the public.

Visit Peter’s website
peterdanielsfineart.com
Contact Peter
whoa.peterdanielsfineart@telus.net

At the June 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Peter will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here:
june-22-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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