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She was listed as an Active Member in the 1925 B.C. Art League List of Members.
She won a First Honourable Mention at the B.C. Artists annual exhibition in 1937. She "conducted a series of lectures on art in Jamaica, B.W.I., 1917 and 1918". She was later Head of the Art Department at Point Grey Junior High School, Vancouver, B.C.
She donated artwork to an FCA fundraising exhibition for the Canadian Red Cross at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1942.
In 1945 Faunt was selected to be the first Docent at the Vancouver Art Gallery, after a short competition for the job. Two other contenders for the position were the wives of Charles H. Scott and Jack Shadbolt, and both men resigned from the VAG's Education Committee in protest of Faunt's selection. Scott later wrote the gallery asking them to rescind his request for resignation from the Committee, although "without altering my stand over the recent Docent appointment ..." (letter to Ross Lort Nov. 15 1946). Shadbolt's letter of protest against Faunt's appointment claimed that he had no faith in either the selection committee, or in the ability of Faunt "to fulfil the position with even ordinary adequacy." (letter to Ross Lort, Nov. 9 1946). Faunt proved to be an excellent Docent, and wrote a lengthy report after the first year of holding the position, detailing the program's successes.
She was on a list titled "Leading Vancouver Artists," provided to the Labour Arts Guild on April 10, 1946 by the Vancouver Art Gallery to assist in the Guild's call for entries to the second annual B.C. At Work exhibition.
She was a founding member of the West Vancouver Sketch Club in 1947, and continued as a member until her death. She donated a sum of money to the Sketch Club in appreciation of the Club's efforts over the years, and at a membership meeting in spring 1961 it was decided to use the money to create the Jessie Faunt pin, to be awarded annually to a Sketch Club member (or members) who had "showed valuable outstanding service beyond requirements of regular membership". The pin was still being awarded in 2003.
Jesse Faunt died in Victoria, B.C. in 1971 at the age of eighty-five.
|1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10||VAG B.C. Artists 6th Annual||Lifting Clouds|
|From a Verandah|
|1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9||VAG B.C. Artists 7th Annual||Still Life|
|1939 June 9 - 25||BCSFA 29th Annual||Improvisation: (a) The Shell|
|Improvisation: (b) Water Lily|
|Improvisation: (c) Forgotten Valley|
|1940 May 17 - June 2||BCSFA 30th Annual||Improvisation: (a) Sorcerer's Fan|
|Improvisation: (b) The Toy Gun|
|Sphynx Glacier, Garibaldi Park|
|1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13||VAG B.C. Artists 9th Annual||Daisies, 1940|
|1942 May 15 - 31||BCSFA 32nd Annual||Legend|
|1942 July 7 - Sept. 2||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer||Composition|
|1942 Nov. 3 - 15||FCA Red Cross Benefit||(no information available)|
|1946 July 2 - 28||VAG Jubilee Exhibition||Legend|
|1947 April 12 - 13||WVCAC Exhibition of Fine Arts||Shell|
|The Two Voices|
|1947 May 9 - June 1||BCSFA 37th Annual||"A" Improvisations Dahlia|
|"B" Improvisations Iris|
|"C" Improvisations The Pearl|
|1947 July 8 - 27||VAG B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition||The Pearl|
|1948 May 18 -June 6||BCSFA 38th Annual||Flight of the Iris|
|Indian Play Boat|
|1950 April 25 - May 14||BCSA 40th Annual||Mt. Crown, Capilano, B.C.|
|And Night Withdraws|
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
1 reference cited for Faunt: WWNA above.
WEST VANCOUVER SKETCH CLUB - LIST OF MEMBER 1947-1977 (refer to WVSC)
VANCOUVER ART GALLERY LIBRARY & ARCHIVES
A.S. Grigsby correspondence files (various)
" ... Among those contibuting paintings and drawings are: ... Jessie Fount (sic) ... "
From "Noted Artists Offer Paintings For Red Cross" Vancouver Daily Province (presumed), November 1942
"Hung side by side, and yet in harmony, the visitor can enjoy on the
same wall such varied products as ... an abstract composition by
Jessie Faunt ... (continues)"
From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943
"Miss Jessie Faunt, the Gallery Docent, has presented a Report to the
Junior League of Vancouver outlining her activities during the first
two months of her engagement. ... (continues)"
From "Gallery Docent" Vancouver Art Gallery Bulletin, May 1947
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