Art Showcase

5 Artists 1 Love Art exhibition is an annual Black History Month extravaganza showcasing the artistic vibrancy and range of Edmonton’s African-Canadian communities, from Angola to Zanzibar, Tobago to Togo, and Barbados to Brazil! It promotes emerging and established artists, develops global African arts and cultures, and celebrates Black excellence.


The signature launch event shines the light on the dynamic beauty of the African diaspora through art, design, music, poetry, and various other forms of live entertainment. 

Participating Galleries



RUNS JAN 29 - MAR 8, 2020


6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Tuesday and Wednesday | 11 am–5 pm
Thursday | 11 am–8 pm
Friday through Sunday | 11 am–5 pm


The  AGA  is closed on Mondays. 



10411 - 124 STREET

RUNS FEB 1 - 29, 2020


Tuesday - Saturday | 10 am- 5 pm 


10411 - 124 STREET

RUNS FEB 1 - 29, 2020


Monday - Friday | 10am - 5pm
Saturday | 12pm - 3pm
Sunday & Holidays | Closed


Carla Mooking

Carla Mooking is a Caribbean-born, Edmonton raised, Vancouver based visual artist and Illustrator. Her formative years were spent on the tropical island of Trinidad, which is famous for its vibrant and colourful Carnival celebrations. Carla brings this same vivacious energy to her artwork by using bright, bold acrylic paints and swirling organic shapes. Her work is described as having healing energy and it is her aim to bring healing and happiness to the viewer.


Carla studied Visual Communication Design at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, majored in illustration and graduated with honours in 2003. In 2007 Carla won an Award for her illustration work on a promotional piece for Edmonton Tourism. She has participated in several groups shows throughout western Canada in the last 10 years and has had 3 solo exhibits to date in the Metro Vancouver area. 

Instagram | @carlamooking

Facebook | @carlamooking

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Braxton Santiago-Garneau

Braxton Garneau is a multimedia Canadian artist living in Edmonton, Alberta. He received a diploma in Fine Art from MacEwan University in 2017 and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Alberta in 2020. Through research-based practice, Garneau’s work responds his ever-evolving relationship to Caribbean culture. His practice engages with the Caribbean’s dynamic mix of cultures, its diasporas, and its socio-political realities, all of which are constantly transforming themselves. Garneau’s current work is based in painting, printmaking, and installation.


Instagram | @braxtonfineart

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Samuel J. Mensah

My name is Samuel J. Mensah; most people call me Samjay. I was born in Sierra Leone but grew up in Ghana. I am a music producer, photographer, videographer and graphic designer. I have a real passion for learning and creating new things. Throughout the years, I’ve learned different skills and managed to create a business around everything I do. I’ve worked with people locally and internationally. I have also been active in community development by mentoring youths, teaching them skills, even providing them with a safe space to be creative and expressive. 


My goal for the year 2020 is to expand my creative business and create a one-stop-shop for clients — furthermore, a space for other creators to work and connect. I also want to expand my community development work by reaching more youth and teaching them skills while also keeping them in a business environment. I believe in youth empowerment and that by supporting them in the best way I can, they’ll stay focused and earn from assisting with various creative sets and also earn from working directly with my clients.

Instagram | @samjayco

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Raneece Buddan

I am Raneece Buddan a 4th-year Fine art student at the University of Alberta. My work focuses on my cultural identity as a Jamaican woman of African and East Indian descent. It shows the transformation of myself while adapting aspects of each culture. Some more dominant than others.

Instagram |  @artbybuddan

Website |

Jay Dontae

Jay Dontae’s art can be best described as deconstructed dreams. His paintings poetically blur the lines between classic fine art, anime, pop culture and his own experiences… all layered behind tales of hope and nostalgia. His distinct style can be noted by his explorative deconstruction of the human form, his vibrant colour palette, his ability to mesh beauty with menace and his use of characters to push narratives. Dontae is currently working on his first major art collection and is exploring other art forms and mediums in the process.

For more jay Dontae:

Instagram | @jaydontae

Website | 

Natalie Meyer
Artistic Director of Exhibits, Co-Curator

Born in Edmonton, Alberta and grew up in Sherwood Park, Natalie was introduced to art at a young age, following in the artistic footsteps of her older sister and father. Art has always played a significant role in her life, studying and painting in many mediums such as oil paint, watercolour and acrylics. She took her art to another level by attending Grant MacEwan College and graduated with a Computer Graphic Design diploma where she studied many new art forms, animation, live model sketching and charcoal. This is where she found her love and curiosity for the human body. Mostly working with acrylic on canvas, Natalie has developed a unique style of portraits, landscapes and ethnic-inspired pieces with multiple vibrant colours that define her style. Many of her creations entail intricate detail, vibrant colour and textures. 

Natalie is known mostly for her portraits of Women of Colour and is very passionate about art. Her inspirations stem from the human body, culture, tradition and music. She has recently dipped her brushes into the world of body painting and has done multiple shows and photoshoots in the city over the past year and a half. She is excited to be taking her body painting journey internationally this spring into Europe. 

This is her first year with 5 Artists 1 Love as Artistic Director and she is excited about experiencing the gallery side of art culture. In Fall 2020, Natalie will execute and produce her first solo exhibit where she will showcase an out of this world experience to her audience through an artistic story of what inspires her work. 

Instagram: @IndahbyNatalie

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