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Brenda Clews
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Verve Showcase Thurs Aug 25th & some raglan tees!
    I would like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket to Verve Showcase!!! So happy! Looking forward to seeing you all!!! ❤️ I will be performing two multi-media poems on stage, and will have an artist's display upstairs by the bar on Thurs Aug 25th. Wi...
I would like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket to Verve Showcase!!! So happy! Looking forward to seeing you all!!! ❤ I will be performing two multi-media poems on stage, and will have an artist's display upstairs by the bar on Thurs Aug 25th. With 700+ people expected, it's gonna be a ...
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Close-up Portraits of Women, last one *almost finished*
Have re-painted this gorgeous face multiple times, and maybe finally almost there (painted while watching Bolt's astounding final race in the Rio Olympics). Tomorrow have to work on the eyes when hopefully the paint is a little drier. 16"x20"x1.5", oil on c...
Have re-painted this gorgeous face multiple times, and maybe finally almost there (painted while watching Bolt's astounding final race in the Rio Olympics). Tomorrow have to work on the eyes when hopefully the paint is a little drier. 16"x20"x1.5", oil on canvas. © Brenda Clews 2016
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Thank you +Peter Wloch! The person it is of has seen this one and she says I caught her vulnerability, strength and softness. So that was nice. Hope she likes the finished painting whenever it's done. You have a nice day too!
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Bänoo's Portrait almost done
Portrait of Bänoo Zan, 2016, 16"x20"x1.5", oil on canvas. ©Brenda Clews 2016. Photo taken inside with room light and colour-corrected (not the official photo at the very end). Struggled with this all day and am okay with it now. A few touch-ups to do, but i...
Struggled with this all day and am okay with it now. A few touch-ups to do, but it is essentially done. I don't think it will be dry for Verve on Aug 25th, but... used water-soluble oils, so you never know. I still have two more portraits to do. I wish I hadn't been so busy in the last few weeks ...
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'm in VERVE Showcase Thurs Aug 25th Toronto!
Howdy y'all! I will hit the stage on Thursday, August 25th at Verve Showcase at the Mod Club (720 College St, Toronto, 8pm-1am), as well as have an artist's display upstairs by the bar. VERVE Showcase is 2 days of live performances, runway shows, live hair ...
Howdy y'all! I will hit the stage on Thursday, August 25th at Verve Showcase at the Mod Club (720 College St, Toronto, 8pm-1am), as well as have an artist's display upstairs by the bar. VERVE Showcase is 2 days of live perfo...
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First photo with 'Tidal Fury'
First photo of my copy of Tidal Fury on July 26th, within hours of  receiving it by courier from my publisher! Photo by Eugene Styles .  Thank you Michael Mirolla and Guernica Editions ! _  
"Very interesting compositions. The layers of texts is very professional. Is it music? Is it poetry? Is it art? It is a bit of everything in a very skillful and sensitive mixture. Jürgen Herrmann · an album of 11 poems (33min) · an album of 5 poems (16min) · or single poems ...
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Three Close-up Portraits of Women, W-I-P (2nd wash)
  Three Close-Up Portraits of Women, works-in-process, 2nd wash of oils, which, when they are dried a bit, will be stretched back onto their canvas stretchers and painted like regular oil paintings. They are each 16" x 20", oils on canvas. © Brenda Clews 20...
Three Close-Up Portraits of Women, works-in-process, 2nd wash of oils, which, when they are dried a bit, will be stretched back onto their canvas stretchers and painted like regular oil paintings. They are each 16" x 20", oil...
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+Peter Wloch She's the prettiest. ☺︎
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"My Studio" Ha!
"My Studio" - or what my apartment turns into when I am painting. I can't have guests when I'm working on paintings since there is literally no room. The set-up works, though, and I get paintings of all sizes done. These small canvases (16"x20"x1.5") are al...
"My Studio" - or what my apartment turns into when I am painting. I can't have guests when I'm working on paintings since there is literally no room. The set-up works, though, and I get paintings of all sizes done. These small canvases (16"x20"x1.5") are almost finished - but not quite yet ...
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+Erik Chong I reserved a ticket, and sent you private note (let me know you got it, ok). Thanks and looking forward to seeing you tonight!
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Unfinished Self-Portrait, Close-ups of Women Series
Self-Portrait , unfinished (the fascinator has a veil that has yet to be painted in), ©Brenda Clews, 2016, 20" x 16" x 1.5", oil on canvas. _  
"Very interesting compositions. The layers of texts is very professional. Is it music? Is it poetry? Is it art? It is a bit of everything in a very skillful and sensitive mixture. Jürgen Herrmann · an album of 11 poems (33min) · an album of 5 poems (16min) · or single poems ...
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+Peter Wloch thank you
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Howdy y'all! I will hit the stage on Thursday, August 25th at Verve Showcase at the Mod Club (720 College St, Toronto, 8pm-1am), as well as have an artist's display upstairs by the bar. VERVE Showcase is 2 days of live performances, runway shows, live hair ...
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I'm in VERVE Showcase Thurs Aug 25th Toronto!
Howdy y'all! I will hit the stage on Thursday, August 25th at Verve Showcase at the Mod Club (720 College St, Toronto, 8pm-1am), as well as have an artist's display upstairs by the bar. VERVE Showcase is 2 days of live performances, runway shows, live hair ...
Howdy y'all! I will hit the stage on Thursday, August 25th at Verve Showcase at the Mod Club (720 College St, Toronto, 8pm-1am), as well as have an artist's display upstairs by the bar. VERVE Showcase is 2 days of live performances, runway shows, live hair and make-up, accessory design and ...
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Tidal Fury
You can purchase Tidal Fury at Amazon.com , Amazon.ca ,  ChapersIndigo.ca , Guernica Editions , among other book sellers. The Guernica launch will be at the end of November this year. If you would like a signed copy, you can purchase Tidal Fury through me. ...
You can purchase Tidal Fury at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, ChapersIndigo.ca, Guernica Editions, among other book sellers. The Guernica launch will be at the end of November this year. If you would like a signed copy, you can purch...
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2nd Wash of Oils on Three Close-ups of Women Portraits
Second Wash of Oils, which, when dried a bit, will be stretched back onto the canvas stretchers and painted like regular oil paintings. 16" x 20", oils on canvas. © Brenda Clews 2016 Photos taken indoors with daylight fluorescent bulbs. (Third one is coming...
Second Wash of Oils, which, when dried a bit, will be stretched back onto the canvas stretchers and painted like regular oil paintings. 16" x 20", oils on canvas. © Brenda Clews 2016. Photos taken indoors with daylight fluorescent bulbs. (Third one is coming! Hope to do it tonight & will post ...
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poet, painter, videopoet, editor
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Toronto, Canada
Previously
Zimbabwe, Zambia, England, Canada - Sinoia, Zimbabwe; Lusaka, Zambia; Frinton-on-the-Sea and Barnet, England; Vancouver and Toronto in Canada - Barnet, England - Frinton-on-Sea, England - Vancouver, Canada
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BRENDA CLEWS is an African-Canadian poet, painter, videopoet and editor living in Toronto, Canada.
She has edited textbooks, written articles for newspapers, taught yoga, done temporary office work, and dog sitting, while maintaining a reclusive lifestyle of writing and painting. She has a degree in Fine Arts and abandoned a PhD in English Lit many years ago.

Brenda has had solo art shows at York University (2000), Q Space (2013) and Urban Gallery (2014), and been in a number of group art shows including 'Birthtales' (1992) at A Space, 'Birth2' (2004) at Ayer Lofts in the US, '5 By 5' (2013) at The Gladstone Hotel, and forthcoming at Bampot and Yellow House Gallery (2014). Her artwork has appeared in 'Addiction to Perfection' and as two journal covers and in a poster for ‘ARM Magazine.’

Her poetry has been published in print journals, 'Tessera,' 'ARM Journal' and 'Labour of Love,' and on-line at 'SaucyVox,' 'Qarrtsiluni,' 'Mothers Movement Online,' and 'The Browsing Corner.' She presented papers yearly at conferences at York University and OISE on the maternal body from 2001-2006. Her video poetry has been featured at 'Moving Poems.'

LyricalMyrical Press published her chapbook, 'the luminist poems' in 2013. She has a full-length collection of poetry, 'Tidal Fury,' forthcoming with Guernica Editions. She hosts monthly Poetry Salons with 2-3 featured poets and open mic at Urban Gallery in Toronto.

She cites her early years spent barefoot, living in a compound of mud huts, with many wild animals and the wonderful Ndembu people, in the jungle of Kafue National Park in Zambia, for her deep resonance with the beauty, strangeness and brilliance of the tribal mind and the natural world.

She is a multi-media artist whose approach to a topic may include poetry, painting, theory, dance, recordings, and video. Brenda's oeuvre focuses on the plethora, the multiple callings, the obsessive muse, the prism rather than the spotlight, or on multiple spotlights. She writes, "Where else do you flee? How do you combine yourself?"

Bragging rights
I met a lion in a jungle in Zambia (Africa) when I was 4 years old. I was alone. I shook my finger at him, 'Stop roaring at night! Nobody can sleep!' When asked later by my incredulous parents what 'Mr Lion looked like,' I said, "Blonde!'
Education
  • York University
    Fine Arts, English Literature, Interdisciplinary Studies
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March 7
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Rubies In Crystal: 2nd Wash of Oils on Three Close-ups of Women Portraits
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Three Close-Up Portraits of Women, work-in-process, 2nd wash of oils, which, when they are dried a bit, will be stretched back onto their ca

Rubies In Crystal: Vampires and Stuff (Halloween open mic @ The Beautifu...
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direct link: Vampires and stuff. Story by moi, Brenda Clews (who forgot one of the main punch lines of her own story, sheesh). A story about

Rubies In Crystal: Figure Sculpture, Week 5
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Forgot my 'art glasses' - blended tri-focals that enable me to see the model clearly and up close. So I used some off-the-shelf readers that

Rubies In Crystal: Poet Sketch Series: Art Bar
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Alex Boyd @The Art Bar @Black Swan Tavern 22 OCT 2013, 11" x 8.5", graphite, charcoal, conte on 130lb paper. ___. brendaclews.com. Posted by

Rubies In Crystal: Poet Sketch Series: Art Bar
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Roger Greenwald @The Art Bar @Black Swan Tavern 22 OCT 2013, 11" x 8.5", graphite, charcoal, conte on 130lb paper. ___. brendaclews.com. Pos

Rubies In Crystal: Installing Our '5 By 5' Art Show @ the Art Bar @ The ...
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Installing Our '5 By 5' Art Show @ the Art Bar @ The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. Greg Nordoff's, Jennifer Hosein's, Brenda Clews's paintings

Camarillo Fire births Phoenix
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Camarillo Phoenix photo by Terry deWolfe Several days after the recent devastating Camarillo Fire, a friend spotted this miraculous flower.

Rubies In Crystal: Pics from Art Bar feature last night
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Some pics taken at Q Space last night during my feature at The Art Bar. The first, with thanks to Jennifer Hosein for taking it, and the sec

Digested Sucks Notes And Highlights From iBooks And Spits Them Out In Ev...
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It seems like just yesterday that I was complaining about the lack of sharing and export in iOS reading apps… Maybe that’s because it was on

editorial: Why the Griffin Award is so important |
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KJ Mullins-Toronto: Since 2000 the Griffin Trust has been funding the Griffin Prize, a celebration of poetry and the world's best poets. Thi

"An Evolution of Toys" -- Surreal Digital Art and Poetry
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In this surreal digital art piece, I worked to reflect how the interests and pursuits of our minds mature slowly over time. The poem is an e

"The Memory Pool" -- Surreal Digital Art and Poetry
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This surreal digital art piece seeks to exemplify certain functions and attributes of experiencing memories. Metaphor, symbolism and a bit o

"Sunrise On My Crooked Little Island" -- Surreal Digital Art and Poetry
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This surreal digital art piece was crafted to express certain perspectives I have used to cope with scoliosis. The image is based on a recen

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Steven Pinker on Thinking About Our Society
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Steven Pinker on Thinking About Our Society: Why Violence Has Declined.

Writings of 'Who'
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A videopoem performance piece: I seek who allows me to write. In the sunlit corridor, perhaps. An encounter with my eclipsed twin, who answe

3-D printing of unmanned aerial vehicle that flies - CIOL News Reports
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The idea of 3-D printing works extremely well because it cuts down on very complex, high precision manufacturing methods that may not be ame

A First Time #NaNoWriMo Winner!
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Today is the last day of #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Some writers still crunching the last of their 50,000 words before the l