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In 1914 she married F.B. Housser, who later wrote A Canadian Art Movement. She exhibited her work at Wembley in 1926, and then in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, as well as various cities across Canada. Her work was reproduced in the 1929 Yearbook of the Arts in Canada.
She married Lawren Harris of the Group of Seven in 1934.
She showed her work in the Canadian Women's Exhibition.
She exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in their 32nd Annual exhibition in 1942 and the 39th Annual Exhibition in 1949.
She submitted four drawings to the 1949 B.C. Graphic exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, two of them were selected for the exhibition.
Also, per card file at Vancouver Art Gallery Library:
B.C. Society of Fine Arts:
1941, 1944, 1946-47, 1950-51, 1954-55, 1957, 1961, 1967
VAG annual B.C. Artist exhibitions:
1941-43, 1946, 1948-1950, 1952
|1941 May 10 - June 1||BCSFA 31st Annual||Winter Drift|
|The Red House|
|1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19||VAG B.C. Artists 10th Annual||Winter in the Town|
|1942 May 15 - 31||BCSFA 32nd Annual||Lilies|
|1942 July 7 - Sept. 2||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer||The Red House|
|1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18||VAG B.C. Artists 11th Annual||White Flower|
|1942 Nov. 3 - 15||FCA Red Cross Benefit||(no information available)|
|1943 July 2 - Aug. 25||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer||From Maligne Lake|
|1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20||VAG B.C. Artists 12th Annual||First Snow, Rocky Mountains|
|1944 May 13 - June 4||BCSFA 34th Annual||Robson Glacier|
|Across the Ottertail Valley|
|1944 July 4 - Aug. 30||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Summer||Two Lilies|
|1946 May 31 - June 23||BCSFA 36th Annual||Mountain and Glacier|
|1946 July 2 - 28||VAG Jubilee Exhibition||Clearing Weather in the Mountains|
|1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13||VAG B.C. Artists 15th Annual||Homestead|
|1947 May 9 - June 1||BCSFA 37th Annual||Mountain Peaks and Glaciers|
|1947 July 8 - 27||VAG B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition||Laurentian Homestead|
|1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10||VAG B.C. Artists 17th Annual||Flower Forms|
|1949 May 3 - 22||BCSFA 39th Annual||Days End|
|Mountain and Mist|
|1949 Oct. 8 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 18th Annual||Painting|
|1949 Nov. 22 - Dec. 11||VAG First B.C. Graphic||Mountain Peak #1|
|Mountain Peak #2|
|Mount LeFroy (rejected)|
|Oderay (did not come in)|
|1950 April 25 - May 14||BCSA 40th Annual||Two Lilies|
|Sun on the Mountains|
|1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17||VAG B.C. Artists 19th Annual||Mountain Recollection|
100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)
LAWREN HARRIS, Edited by
Bess Harris and R.G.P. Colgrove
1969, published by The Macmillan Company of Canada; 146 pages
ISBN 0 7705 1451 7 (1976 paperback edition); Introduction by Northrop Frye
Compilation of art (mostly from family collection) and writing by Lawren Harris
Extensively illustrated in colour; chronology, list of paintings
ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979 (refer to RCA81)
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)
BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)
MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -
SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970 (refer to MM88)
A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
EARLY BRITISH COLUMBIAN WOMAN ARTISTS (refer to HG95)
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
5 references cited for Harris.
" ... Among those contibuting paintings and drawings are: ... Bess Harris ... "
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 ...
"The Red House" by Bess Harris ... (continues)
From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943
" "Across the Ottertail Valley" by Bess Harris is one of the
best efforts we have seen by this artist. "
From "Notable Exhibits of Artists' Work" by Mildred Valley Thornton Vancouver Sun (presumed), May 1944
"However, one can not omit mentioning the sensitive pictures of
mountain scenery by Bess Harris ... (continues)"
From "Lively Spirit Pervades B.C. Artists' Exhibition" by Palette. Vancouver Daily Province, May 3 1949
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