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After coming to Vancouver she was locally active in the arts for many years. She was an early member of the B.C. Art League, the group organized to found an art school and an art gallery in Vancouver.
In 1922 she went on a sketching trip to Pemberton and Darcy led by Thomas Fripp. She won a medal for a watercolour landscape painting in 1936.
She showed two paintings in Royal Canadian Academy exhibitions in 1940 and 1941, titled "Desolation Valley, B.C." and "Peaks at Jasper, B.C.".
In 1940 and 1942 she exhibited her work in group shows at the Vancouver Art Gallery, with important artists including Kate Smith Hoole and Beatrice Lennie.
In 1943 her work was mentioned by William Colgate in Canadian Art, Its Origin and Development, with the following note: " ...Mabel Bain, whose landscapes, both oils and water-colour, evidence a fine decorative sense."
She exhibited her work in the 1945 British Columbia At Work exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in their 39th Annual Exhibition. She had a solo exhibition of oils and watercolours at the Gallery in 1947.
She entered three drawings to the 1949 B.C. Graphic exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, but none of them were selected for the exhibition.
Bain lived with her sister Nell, a school teacher, in Fort Langley for many years.
Also, per card file at Vancouver Art Gallery Library:
B.C. Society of Fine Arts May 1929; Nov. 1929; 1940-48; 1950-58; 1960
VAG annual B.C. Artist exhibitions: 1932; 1934; 1936-42; 1944; 1947-48
Island Arts and Crafts Society 1930 - #47 White Sands, #61 Seymour Canyon (oils)
Bain died at the age of 91 at Valleyview Hospital, Essondale in 1972, address Surrey.
|1940 Oct. 15 - 30||Mabel Bain & Nesta B. Horne||Vancouver Art Gallery|
|1942 Dec. 8 - 20||Mabel Bain, Kate Smith Hoole, Beatrice Lennie||Vancouver Art Gallery|
|1947 Oct. 14 - Nov. 2||Solo show - Oils & Watercolours||Vancouver Art Gallery|
|1929 May 18 - June 8||BCSFA 21st Annual Exhibition||Pitt Meadows|
|Pleasant Valley, Cal.|
|1929 Nov. 16 - 30||BCSFA Winter Exhibition||The Old Barn|
|Midsummer Day, Victoria|
|1932 May - July||VAG All Canadian Exhibition||White Sands, Carmel, Calif.|
|1932 Oct. 5 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual||The Alley|
|1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual||Arbutus|
|1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual||Mountain Tops|
|In the Mountains|
|Morning at Mt. Shuksan|
|A Prairie Well|
|1935 Nov. 22 - Dec. 8||VAG B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition||Mt. Shuksan|
|1936 Sept. 18 - Oct. 11||VAG B.C. Artists 5th Annual||Mountain Meadows|
|Desolation Valley, Garibaldi Park|
|1936 Oct. 15 - 20||VAG B.C. Artists Chilliwack Exhibition||Arbutus Trees|
|1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10||VAG B.C. Artists 6th Annual||Windy Day|
|Winter in Vancouver|
|The End of the Trail|
|1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9||VAG B.C. Artists 7th Annual||Showery Day, Harrison Lake|
|1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8||VAG B.C. Artists 8th Annual||Oak Bay, V.I.|
|The Old Tree|
|Our Neighbours, No. 1|
|Our Neighbours, No. 2|
|1940 May 17 - June 2||BCSFA 30th Annual||The Dunes|
|Autumn in the Foothills|
|1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13||VAG B.C. Artists 9th Annual||Burbank|
|1941 May 10 - June 1||BCSFA 31st Annual||Seal Rocks|
|A Veteran of the Storms|
|Light and Shade|
|1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19||VAG B.C. Artists 10th Annual||Winter in the Canyon|
|The Silver Strand|
|1942 May 15 - 31||BCSFA 32nd Annual||Giants|
|Peaks at Jasper, B.C.|
|The Seventh Wave|
|1942 July 7 - Sept. 2||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer||B.C. Giants|
|Desolation Valley, Garibaldi|
|1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18||VAG B.C. Artists 11th Annual||Mountains of Jasper|
|1942 Nov. 3 - 15||FCA Red Cross Benefit||(no information available)|
|1943 May 15 - June 6||BCSFA 33rd Annual||Autumn, B.C. Coast|
|After the Fire|
|1943 July 2 - Aug. 25||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer||Sand Dunes|
|1944 May 13 - June 4||BCSFA 34th Annual||Glacier Patterns|
|1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22||VAG B.C. Artists 13th Annual||B.C. Coast|
|1945 May 18 - June 10||BCSFA 35th Annual||Late Autumn|
|Late Winter, Coast Mountain|
|1945 July 3 - Aug. 26||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual Summer||Early Spring|
|1945 Nov. 13 - Dec. 2||Labour Arts Guild B.C. At Work||Chinese Gardeners|
|Fraser River Fishing Folk|
|Fraser Lumber Mill|
|1946 May 31 - June 23||BCSFA 36th Annual||Mountains in the Interior, B.C.|
|1946 July 2 - 28||VAG Jubilee Exhibition||B.C. Giants|
|1946 Aug. 13 - 25||VAG Stanley Park in Pictures||In Stanley Park|
|1947 May 9 - June 1||BCSFA 37th Annual||Grey Mountain|
|The Blue Lake|
|The Red Mountain|
|1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12||VAG B.C. Artists 16th Annual||The Orange Grove|
|1948 May 18 -June 6||BCSFA 38th Annual||Sand Dunes|
|The Langley Elevator|
|The Fruit Stand|
|1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10||VAG B.C. Artists 17th Annual||Morning in the Mountains|
|Beginning of the Flood|
|1949 May 3 - 22||BCSFA 39th Annual||Mountain Slopes|
|1949 Nov. 22 - Dec. 11||VAG First B.C. Graphic||Elevator (rejected)|
|In the Rockies (rejected)|
|Fishing Shacks (rejected)|
|1950 April 25 - May 14||BCSA 40th Annual||Light and Shade|
|Mountain Tops, B.C.|
SPRING EXHIBITION - FCA - BC REGION (refer to FCA64)
ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - List of Exhibitors
ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979 (refer to RCA81)
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)
A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
4 references cited for Bain.
CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1914/1917 (refer to DIR)
B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE (refer to BCVS)
"The party consisted of ... Miss M. Bain ..."
from "Sketching Trip Enjoyed"
Western Woman's Weekly, July 29 1922
"Artists represented in the group comprise the following ...
M.A. Bain ... (continues)
From "Maritime Art Association" Vancouver Art Gallery Bulletin, November (?), 1939
" ... together with oil and watercolour paintings by ...
M.A. Bain ... all contribute much to this extraordinary show."
From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942
"The new executive committee is composed of M.A. Bain ..."
From "B.C. Artists' Display To Calgary For Exhibition," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May-June 1942
" ... Among those contibuting paintings and drawings are: ... M.A.Bain ... "
from "Noted Artists Offer Paintings For Red Cross" Vancouver Daily Province (presumed), November 1942
"Among other prominent exhibitors are ... M. Bain ...
From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943
"Other artists showing creditable work are ... Mable (sic) Bain ..."
From "Notable Exhibits of Artists' Work" by Mildred Valley Thornton Vancouver Sun (presumed), May 1944
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