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Jesse Faunt (Miss)
(also Jessie)

c 1886 - January 16 1971

B.C. Art League
Federation of Canadian Artists (Founding Member 1941)
B.C. Society of Fine Arts (Member ? - 1942-43 - ?)
Docent, Vancouver Art Gallery (1945-47)
West Vancouver Sketch Club (1947 - 1970)

Jesse Faunt was born in Doncaster, England circa 1886. She was a pupil at the Doncaster School of Art before arriving in B.C., and then attended the Vancouver School of Art and the short-lived B.C. College of Arts, as well as studying at the University of Chicago.

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.

Exhibitions

DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
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
Red Mountain
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
Dahlia
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

References

WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)

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)

Clippings

" ... forms part of a group of abstract or semi-abstract compositions by ... Jessie Faunt ..."
      From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942

" ... 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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