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Herchmer started classes at the VSDAA in 1925, while living at Washington Court, 998 Thurlow Street, Vancouver (still there in 2010). For the Spring 1927 issue of The Paint Box she wrote Lectures on Italian Art. The Prospectus for the 1927 - 1928 session at the art school noted that Herchmer had passed second year in Modelling and Composition.
Vancouver School of Art sculpture class, 1925
Herchmer was not listed as a student in the following year's issue of the Paintbox, Volume 3, June 1928. She was, however, listed as a first-year student in the 1930 issue of The Paint Box, but she did not graduate from the art school.
She exhibited in the B.C. Artists annuals at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1934, and from 1936 to 1939. She submitted four works to the 1936 5th Annual B.C. Artists exhibition. Two sculptures were accepted, but two watercolours - "South Shore Savary Island" for $20.00 and "At Savary" for $15.00 - were not displayed.
Laurencia sketching at Savary Island, n.d. Photo courtesy Dulcie Macdonald.
"Ernest Austin", December 1936, by Laurencia Herchmer, photo courtesy Dulcie Macdonald.
(untitled), dated February 1937, photograph courtesy Dulcie Macdonald.
Laurencia sculpting in San Francisco c1937. Photo courtesy Dulcie Macdonald.
"Dorothy Hebb", n.d., by Laurencia Herchmer, photo courtesy Dulcie Macdonald.
The portrait head of a negress in the 1938 B.C. Artists exhibition is currently in the collection of the artist's daughter. It is done with a blue glaze. The sculpture of "Nina" in the 1939 B.C. Artists exhibition was a modeled head of Nina Preiswerk, the daughter of Kurt and Peggy Preiswerk.
Herchmer spent time on Savary Island, where her family had a summer cabin. There are numerous references to, and photographs of, the Herchmer family in books by Jim Spilsbury: Spilsbury's Coast and Spilsbury's Album.
Herchmer married Hugh Rickard in Toronto on December 14, 1940. She died in Richmond, B.C. in 2007.
|1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual||Portrait Head, Betty, Daughter of Captain John Muir|
|Miss Dorothy Bedlington|
|1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual||Portrait head - Sandra, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. J. Barter (Honourable mention)|
|1936 Sept. 18 - Oct. 11||VAG B.C. Artists 5th Annual||Bas-relief|
|Portrait head - Miss Eileen Vaughan|
|1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10||VAG B.C. Artists 6th Annual||Portrait Head|
|1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9||VAG B.C. Artists 7th Annual||Portrait Head, Negress (pottery)|
|1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8||VAG B.C. Artists 8th Annual||Nina (sculpture)|
Lectures on Italian Art by Laurencia Herchmer, The Paint Box June 1926
Annual of the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts
PROSPECTUS for the Vancouver School of Decorative
and Applied Arts
1927-1928 prospectus contains pass list from 1926 - 1927 school year
WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to
Name and address only listed.
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)
SUNNY SANDY SAVARY: A History of Savary Island 1792-1992 by
1992, Kennell Publishing, Vancouver; ISBN 0-9696291-0-9
188 pages, paperback, illustrated black & white; index, bibliography
Includes references to Maud Sherman, R.S. Sherman, the Herchmer family,
Frankie Keefer, Helen Griffin, visiting artists, art school students & staff.
A CENTURY OF SCULPTURE (refer to
Lists Herchmer's appearances in B.C. Artists shows 1934 - 1939 per above.
MAGNETIC ISLE - Gladys Bloomfield's Savary
2005; ISBN 0-9739209-0-4; 146 pages, illustrated in black and white
Edited by Conde Landale; published by Savary Island Heritage Society
Includes references to R.S. Sherman, Maud Rees Sherman, Laurencia Herchmer.
Vancouver School of Decorative & Applied Arts - List of Students
Biographical information received from Dulcie Macdonald, Herchmer's daughter, via email, February 23, 2008.
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