Our Resident Artists
Our resident artists are literally the H'ART of the gallery. They volunteer their time to keep the gallery running and organise artistic events for the local community. They are not only an asset to the gallery, they are the artistic leaders in the community. Their philosophy is to step outside the box and make art personable. Their way of doing this is by inviting the community to participate in their live art demonstrations, artistic events and help the community grow through artistic means. They are all about diversifying the art world and pushing the limits of their mediums. In our society, it's a challenge to make a living as a an artist, especially young artists who facegender, race or economic obstacles, but that is the beauty of art it has no such limits and these artists really exemplify this. They believe in doing what they love and appreciate all your support.
Here is a little bit about each artist and the artistic services they provide.
Mariam Qureshi is here on Mondays: Live art, Exhibit Curations, Mentorship, Art Lessons and Interior Design consultation
Mariam Qureshi is a versatile artist. She paints, sculpts, designs, makes music, has travel hobbies and works in social and economic development. Some of the local artists call her a tiny art beast. Always busy mostly volunteering but never the less she always puts her best foot forward in all her projects.
Mariam 's Art Mondays and as an artist : Every monday Mariam starts a new art project or new art work. You can follow her on instagram to see what is in the making or hop in to see her in action if she is painting out of the gallery that day. Her work explores contemporary landscape and figurative art, but their meaning shifts from the concrete to an exploration of her memory, resulting in art with metaphoric movement and illusion. She creates dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet motion. Mostly styles of expresionism and a bit of surealism, a reality that she finds is much closer than realism to her. Due to her busy schedual, this year she is concentrating on teaching a few lessons , curating exhibits doing some interior design and art rentals, when she is not painting. For lessons with Mariam, please go to Register for Artist Workshops or art events for more details.
For Art rental, please contact her and she will be more than happy to assist you in furnishing your space with beautiful local professional art. If you are interested in local art, please know that buying art is like an economic investment in the community, especially when buying locally. The art you buy doesn't only support the artist, but it also supports all the local businesses and organisations that go into the production /making and selling of it. For instance, according to the economist its a great way to boost up a falling economy. Investing into one local art piece will inherently invest into local art shops, local galleries, local marketing, local community and it is a product which tends to grow in value and create events that strengthen the community, as oppose to a bed sheet or a couch which tends to devalue as it ages or goes out of style. I hope you will leave a comment about our current featured artist, you can view her work in person or online under the home page of the site.
Mariam as a Mentor: If you are an artist who wants to make it as an artists and want some real result mentorship, book an appointment with Mariam for her mentorship program. Sometimes you might want to know how to get started or how to price your work or where to take it for exhibits. If you are not sure if you are even asking the right questions and following the right path, book an one on one honest conversation with Mariam, you will leave with some guidelines on how to achieve your goal. More details about this can be found under the "register for Artist workshop" tab. If you want to learn how to do watercolor and woodburn, you can also find more info under the same tab.
Mariam as a Curator and Volunteer Coordinator for the Gallery: She wants lotus to be a space where local artists can feel free to want to exhibit thier work and share with others. She wants to create a space where artists can sell thier art work professionally, even when they are coming from diverse background or do not have years and years of artistic experience. The exhibits she curates consist of some famous artists and some up and coming artist avant guards like herself. A new show opens every last friday night of each month and the choice of art work is selected amongst only the best of the local art submissions. If you are an artist, feel free to submit to lotus gallery by filling out the submission form under the contact us tab. If you want to see and buy great art made by Local artists from Edmonton, come to the Opening Reception Nights. You can find more about them under the art and music events tab.
Mariam as a designer: Lotus ART Gallery offers artistic interior design consultation and original art to finish the style of your space with a beautiful fresh look.
If you have opened a new business or bought a new home or are planning to open one in Edmonton, we can walk you through all the difficult decisions about what is good to consider when creating a stylish design that meets your everyday needs.
We work closely with you to incorporate your daily needs into the design. The everyday tasks feel great when you design the space for them according to your moods, wants and vision.
We can provide you with information about all styles, show you samples you can choose from, for all your needs (from flooring to accessories).
We can introduce you to local designers that create custom made furniture, framing, doors, etc. to obtain the exact look you had in mind or that for a unique piece of art or furniture that will make your place yours.
If you sell houses and need to decorate, we rent art at very afordable prices, on commission, to create a beautiful ambiance.
As a local fellow business that supports local, we understand that you might need to become an inclusive part of the community and create a business space that is decorated locally but if you are looking for quality and professional design, we can help you.
We offer art to finish the design which you can either rent or you can even choose to sell on commission. You will not have to do any work, we would take care of the exhibit from A to Z. All to provide a professional and friendly service and because we love to create stylish visuals for your customers.
We are local and very creative. Our artists can also set design window displays for your business, they can help you create a welcoming flow and connect you to the local community. For more information on our interior design team, please email Mariam Qureshi firstname.lastname@example.org or the official website : http://www.mariams.website/
Kasia on is here on Tuesdays : Live art and Artistic workshops
Kasia will be hosting a set of artistic workshops which inclue card making, and collage work. She has an amazing background in art design, dance and music. We will be posting more details in the next few weeks. She is available on tuesdays at the gallery and the workshops will most likely be on tuesday afternoons and some on sundays. Please go to art events of rdetails as soon as they are available. Thanks for your patience.
Brandon Lee is here on Wedsnesdays: Live art and his Open House
Brandon Lee's ink art is mysterious, geometric and lately dark. Influences by life, music and perhaps unconciously by his Mik'maq background, he create beautiful intrinsic peices you can relate to. He also makes music and has the vibes of a gentlemen. He will be hosting a few art gallery standing exhibits of one day with some projections he created and some music he made. More details will soon be posted nder art and music events. He is our resident artist on wednesdays and most likely these events will happen on those days or evenings.
Keita KanKam is here on Thursdays: Live art and summer art walks
Keita Kankam art work screams colour and Africa, though he doesn't like to suggest his work reflects that, his style of paintings are most definately influenced by art from that part of the world. It a delight to see his work as not much of that vibe is tackled by local artists. He brings Canadian diversity to the surface. More will soon be posted about his events on thursdays, but keep an eye out for art walks on 124st this summer as he is planning to hold a few and we are looking for submissions for them. If you want more details will be posted under art events, please contact us and we will be more than happy to answer any questions.
Janis G and Cindy M. on Fridays : Artistic workshops in mix media
Janis loves to dabble in Mix Media, her art work always has texture and a happy vibe to it. Lately she has been making steampunk deco objects such as chairs, light switches etc to add that taste of the different and personal into design. She will be hosting a few workshops on Fridays and more details will be updated soon under the art events tab. She is our resdent artist on fridays so feel free to hop in if you want to attend.
Sofia is at Lotus on Sundays: Live art and Pastel art lessons
Sofia's background is pastels but she also loves to dabble in surreal/contemporary collage like paintings. Her art is inspired by nature and live experience. She will hosting a few pastel art lessons on sundays, more details about that soon. In the meanwhile if you are interested in learning chalk pastel techniques please contact us and we would love to help you develop your love for pastels.
Krystal Peterson hosts Paint Parties on Saturdays
Krystal offers a range of options for your atistic get together with friends or for when you just want to mingle with new people. Every Saturday night she hosts paint night at the gallery, at which you can meet new people in a fun atmosphere and be inspired by creative artwork on the walls or artists in the gallery. She also offers off site paint parties for your corporate events and businesses. To request a quote for a paint party at your place, please contact us. For more details on saturday night paint parties at lotus, please view the art and music events page or please go to register for artist workshops. You can also just simply hop in on any given saturday to take part!
More about the other artists will soon be updated as more info becomes available. Thanks for your patience