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Statira (Statiera) Elizabeth Wells Frame
(Mrs. William Frame)

(c1863?)(September 15 1870 McMann) - November 29 1935

Vancouver Studio Club and School of Art
B.C. Society of Fine Arts (Member)
Vancouver Sketch Club (Member)
British Columbia Artist (B.C.A., 1921)
B.C. Art League
Seattle Fine Arts Society
Palette and Chisel Club (Hon. Sec.-Treas. 1928)

Statira Frame was born in Waterloo, Quebec in 1870. She was a student of Robert Henri, New York, and Armin Hansen, Monterey, California. She exhibited her artwork in Vancouver, starting at least as early as 1909 with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts' debut First Annual Exhibition at the Dominion Hall in Vancouver. Later that year she had another painting in the Exhibition of Pictures held by the Vancouver Studio Club and School of Art.

She also showed work at the National Gallery, Ottawa, the Art Association of Montreal, and with the Seattle Fine Arts Society (later Seattle Art Museum).

She was listed as an Active Member in the 1925 B.C. Art League List of Members.

Frame continued to exhibit with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts, including the exhibitions in November 1909, 1920, September 1921, 1922, May 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, November 1929, 1930, May 1936, 1950, and 1960.

She had a solo exhibition of her work in Montreal and Toronto at the Eaton Galleries in 1934.

Also, per card file at Vancouver Art Gallery Library:
     Island Arts and Crafts Society: 1913

Her first name was frequently spelled "Statiera". She died in Vancouver in 1935 at the age of seventy-two, according to information from the B.C. Archives Vital Statistics web-site. This gives a birth-date that conflicts with information provided by McMann.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1936 April 17 - 26 Memorial Show - Paintings Vancouver Art Gallery

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1909 April 20 - 28 BCSFA   First Annual Exhibition On The North Arm
A Frosty Day
1909 June 19 - July 17 Studio Club   Exhibition of Pictures Low Tide, Kitsilano
1909 November BCSFA    Second Exhibition After the Storm, Burrard Inlet
1912 Nov. 25 - 30 BCSFA   Annual Exhibition Late Afternoon
A Bit of Georgia Street
Pitt Lake
1915 April BCSFA   Works by Members After Rain, North Arm Burrard Inlet
Looking down False Creek
House Boat, North Arm
Burnaby Lake
1917 Sept. 14 - 22 BCSFA   Eleventh Exhibition Deserted Cottage
In The Woods
Summer Cottage
1920 September 18 - 25 BCSFA   Annual Exhibition In the Woods
In the Mountains
1921 Sept. 19 - 24 BCSFA   13th Annual Museum, Los Angeles
Sycamore Trees
Old Adobe House, Monterey, Cal.
Carmel Mission, Calif.
Evening, Buccaneer Bay
Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Calif.
1922 Sept. 16 - 23 BCSFA   14th Annual On the Illecillweat (sic) Glacier
Ross Peak Glacier
Summer Cottage, Bucaneer Bay
The Farm, Thornesby Island
Cottage, North Arm Burrard Inlet
1923 May 12 - 19 BCSFA   15th Annual A Sketch
In Stanley Park
1924 May 3 - 17 BCSFA   16th Annual Cottage, Pender Island
In Stanley Park
Early Morning, North Arm Inlet
1925 May 9 - 16 BCSFA   17th Annual Autumn
Indian Reservation, Point Grey
A Sketch, North Vancouver
1926 May 8 - 15 BCSFA   18th Annual Apple Trees
The Pilot House
The Umbrella
1927 June 10 - 25 BCSFA   19th Annual A Sketch
1928 Feb 18 - Mar 18 Palette and Chisel Club   Exhibition In Chinatown
An Old Mill
Launches
House Boats, Coal Harbour
A Misty Morning
Gore Avenue Slip
A Flower Market
The Pink Parasol
1929 May 18 - June 8 BCSFA   21st Annual The Summer House
Rock Plants
The House Boat
1929 Nov. 16 - 30 BCSFA   Winter Exhibition Camp Doorway
The Blue Boat
1930 May 31 - June 14 BCSFA   Spring Exhibition An Old Barn
Mill, Port Moody
Still Life
Boats, Coal Harbour
1930 Aug. 6 - 16 VanExh   Oil Paintings & Water-colours Cottage, Pender Island
The Pump House, Pitt Meadows
Indian Shack, Alert Bay
On Gambier Island
The Student
1932 May - July VAG   All Canadian Exhibition Old Mill
1932 Oct. 5 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Two Wrecks
1933 May 20 - 31 VAG   Palette & Chisel Club Exhibition Scraping Carrots
The Patchwork Quilt
Coal Harbour
Summer Cottage
Yarrow, B.C.
1933 June 3 - 11 BCSFA   23rd Annual Yarrow, B.C.
Old Farm Houses
Coal Harbour
1936 June 26 - July 12 BCSFA   26th Annual From the Fifth Floor
Totem Poles, Stanley Park
1946 July 2 - 28 VAG   Jubilee Exhibition Scene at Alert Bay
Pitt Lake
1950 April 25 - May 14 BCSA   40th Annual Derelicts

References

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

100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)

THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)

Represented by The Gallery of the Golden Key (refer to GGK)

FROM DESOLATION TO SPLENDOUR by Maria Tippet and Douglas Cole
      1977, Clarke Irwin & Co.; ISBN 0-7720-1048-X
      See biographical summary and colour illustration pages 77-82.

ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979
(refer to RCA81)
      One listing for Frame: "The Pilot's House", exhibited 1926.

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)

MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -
SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970
(refer to MM88)
      Exhibited 3 paintings in 1934: "From the 5th Floor", "The Patchwork Quilt", "Japs Fishing".

BY A LADY by Maria Tippet
      1992, Viking; ISBN 0-670-84458-6
      See extensive biographical summary and colour illustration pages 49-51.

EARLY BRITISH COLUMBIAN WOMAN ARTISTS (refer to HG95)

ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - List of Exhibitors

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      2 references cited for Frame, including WWNA above (but not MM or RCA).

CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1919 (refer to DIR)

B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE (refer to BCVS)

Clippings

"As an association for the encouragement of art, the Studio Club during the six years of its existence, has had a highly creditable history. Prominent among its workers have been Mrs. Russell, Mrs. Creery, and Mrs. Frame."
      From "Art in British Columbia", by Bernard McEvoy,
      Opportunities magazine, 1910

"A striking contrast to Miss Langford's three pictures is furnished by three adjacent ones in the modern French style by Statira Frame, who uses almost pure color with considerable artistic effect. These, which are Nos. 74, 75, and 81, are evidently of local scenes. They show originality of treatment, but it would seem that the painter should push her method a little further. They are, however, a decided relief from the ordinary."
      From "With The B.C. Artists", by "A Visitor"
      Vancouver Daily Province, September 27, 1916

"Mrs. Frame, an individualist with a strong sense of color, who is never anaemic, shows several daringly painted studies."
      From "In the World of Art"
      Western Woman's Weekly, June 5, 1920

"The freshness of colour in the two pictures of the impressionist school, by Mrs. S. Frame, was the subject of complimentary comment."
      Sketch Club Semi-Annual Art Exhibition, B.C. Ladies' Mirror, December 15 1923

"Mrs. Statira Frame as the Society's pioneer in modernism, is of course quite at home in the present exhibition, and the examples of her art are as distinctive as usual."
      From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts" by Bernard McEvoy
      Vancouver Daily Province, April 28 1928

"Miss Frame, a most dependable member of the society, its leader in impressionism, who was commended in New York a long while ago, shows three characteristic examples. To my ( ? ) "Parasols and Lanterns" is much the ( ? ) work as to drawing and decorative effect."
      From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts", by Diogenes
      Vancouver Daily Province, November 13 1930

"One Vancouver artist has had a signal honor paid to her. On February 5 a one-man show of the work of Statira Frame opened in the Eaton Galleries in Montreal. Some twenty-eight landscapes and subject pictures are included in this collection, which will be transferred to the Eaton Galleries on (sic) Toronto when it closes in Montreal on February 17."
      From "In The Domain of Art"
      Vancouver Province, February 10 1934

"In the Domain of Art" by Reta W. Myers
      Daily Province, April 18 1936

"Memorial Display for Well-known Artist" by (unknown)
      New-Herald, April 18 1936


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