|BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS|
Lennie started classes at the VSDAA in 1925, and was in the first graduating class in 1929. Her graduation piece, done under sculptor Charles Marega, was a large sculpture known as "The Spirit of Mining", alternately "Mining". This sculpture was mounted over a fireplace in the Lennie home in Shaughnessey for many years, until a later owner of the house donated it to the Provincial Museum. The sculpture apparently did not make it to Victoria, and in 2004 was in the collection of the B.C. Museum of Mining at Britannia Beach, B.C.
She exhibited her work in the 1930 Spring Exhibition of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts. Later that year she exhibited in the PASOVAS group exhibition at the B.C. Art League gallery.
She exhibited in the Seattle Art Museum's annual Northwest Artists exhibitions in 1930, 1931, and 1934.
Lennie did post-graduate studies at the California School of Fine Arts, where she studied under stone carver Ralph Stackpole. After returning to Vancouver from San Francisco, Lennie was hired as an assistant instructor at the B.C. College of Arts, founded in 1933 by Frederick Varley and Jock Macdonald. Lennie's father was a patron of the College. Unfortunately, his support could not be enough, and the College closed for financial reasons in 1935. Lennie was forced to do something different.
She had a solo exhibition with the Picture Loan Society, Toronto, in 1937. She exhibited her work, or photographs of her work, with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1932, 1938, 1951, and 1953. She also showed her work in one exhibition of the Art Association of Montreal, at the National Gallery of Canada, with the Sculptor's Society of Canada in Toronto, and at the Seattle Art Museum.
|1938 July 12 - 27||Six Local Artists||VAG|
|1942 Dec. 8 - 20||Three Woman Show||VAG|
|1948 April 11 - May 31||Solo Exhibition||The Gables, U.B.C.|
|1948 April 27 - May 9||Solo Exhibition (34 artworks)||VAG|
|1930 May 31 - June 14||BCSFA Spring Exhibition||Portrait Head Alan Cameron|
|1930 Nov. 27 - Dec. 7||PASOVAS Art Club Exhibition||Decorative head "Guinivere"|
|Book ends "Baby Antelope"|
|Sun dial in art stone|
|1932 May - July||VAG All Canadian Exhibition||Bust of Col. Goodwin|
|Study - Marianne|
|1932 Sept. 17 - 30||PASOVAS Club Exhibition||Marionette Designs: "The Fire Bird"|
|"Oriental" (cubistic drawing)|
|"Stormy Sunset" (sketch)|
|Tree Pattern" (sketch)|
|"Portrait for Stone"|
|Dancer's Mask (metal)|
|1932 Oct. 5 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual||Bobbie (Baby's Head)|
|1933 May 3 - 18||VAG VSAGA 1st Annual Exhibition||Roof Tops|
|1933 June 3 - 11||BCSFA 23rd Annual||The Mooring Place|
|Marionette Design for the "Fire Bird" - Maidens of the Princess|
|Marionette Design for the "Fire Bird" - The Princess (sculpture)|
|1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual||"Repose", Carving in Stone|
|1934 Dec. 4 - 16||VAG B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition||Spring on the Reservation|
|Nature and Man|
|1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual||The Haven|
|1936 Feb. 21 - Mar. 5||PASOVAS Group Exhibition||(titles)|
|1936 June 26 - July 12||BCSFA 26th Annual||Fruits of the Soil|
|Carving in Stone (Repose)|
|1936 Aug. 18 - 28||David Spencer B.C. Artists' Golden Jubilee||(sculpture)|
|1937 April 16 - May 1||BCSFA 27th Annual||Autumn Day|
|Birds (Paper Mache)|
|1938 April 29 - May 15||BCSFA 28th Annual||Still Life|
|1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9||VAG B.C. Artists 7th Annual||Under the Bridge|
|1939 June 9 - 25||BCSFA 29th Annual||Photograph of Relief Panel (Ascension) C.N.R. Hotel|
|Lino Cut, Noel Noel|
|Portrait Mask of Moira Drummond, Montreal|
|1940 May 17 - June 2||BCSFA 30th Annual||Drawing|
|Aero (1940 Goddess)|
|1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19||VAG B.C. Artists 10th Annual||Tiger Arum|
|Decorative Panels in Relief - Shaughnessy Military Hospital Entrance|
|1942 July 7 - Sept. 2||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer||Papoose|
|1942 Nov. 3 - 15||FCA Red Cross Benefit||(no information available)|
|1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22||VAG B.C. Artists 13th Annual||Sechelt Shore|
|1945 May 18 - June 10||BCSFA 35th Annual||October|
|Alder Logging, Porpoise Bay|
|Indian Church, Sechelt|
|1946 May 31 - June 23||BCSFA 36th Annual||Contemplation|
|1946 July 2 - 28||VAG Jubilee Exhibition||Contemplation|
|1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13||VAG B.C. Artists 15th Annual||Flower Piece|
|1947 May 9 - June 1||BCSFA 37th Annual||Summertime|
|1947 July 8 - 27||VAG B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition||Summertime|
|1950 April 25 - May 14||BCSA 40th Annual||The Birch Basket|
WHO'S WHO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1937-38-39
A Record of British Columbia Men and Women of Today
S. Maurice Carter Editor & Publisher
Copyright 1939, printed by The Robson Printers, Vancouver B.C.
208 pages, hardcover; name index (8 pages), biographies (196 pages), obits. (4 pages)
Includes reference to Lennie
WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)
WHO'S WHO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1944-45-46
A Record of British Columbia Men and Women of Today
S. Maurice Carter Editor & Publisher
Copyright 1945, printed by Atlas Printers, Vancouver B.C.
312 pages, hardcover; index of names (14 pages), biographies (290 pages)
list of abbreviations (2 pages), advertising including the only portrait in the book
Includes reference to Beatrice Lennie
100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)
PUBLIC ART IN VANCOUVER (refer to UBC72)
CONTEMPORARIES OF EMILY CARR IN BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to SFU74)
ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979 (refer to RCA81)
A GUIDE TO SCULPTURE IN VANCOUVER (refer to GSV80)
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
NOT JUST PIN MONEY, Barbara K. Latham & Roberta J. Pazdro, Eds.
1984, published by Camosun, Victoria.
Includes essay: From Pastels to Chisel: the Changing Role of BC Women Artists
Essay includes references to Josephine Crease, Sister Mary Osithe, Ina Uhthoff, and Beatrice Lennie.
BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)
FIRST CLASS - Four Graduates From The Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts
1987, Letia Richardson; The Floating Curatorial Gallery at Women in Focus
Exhibition catalogue; ISBN 0-921823-03-7
Includes survey essay of women artists in Vancouver.
Chronologies of Lilias Farley, Irene Hoffar Reid, Beatrice Lennie, and Vera Weatherbie.
MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS - SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970
(refer to MM88)
One work listed in 1935 exhibition: "Orphan Boy", chalk drawing.
A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS
(refer to M)
One and a half page biography, with footnotes.
EARLY BRITISH COLUMBIAN WOMAN ARTISTS (refer to HG95)
A CENTURY OF SCULPTURE (refer to SSBC98)
VANCOUVER ARTIST: Beatrice Lennie
2000 April; by Michael Clark, Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design.
Visions newsletter, Volume 6 Issue 3, page 6.
One page biography with 3 illustrations of her work.
ART BC, Masterworks From British Columbia by Ian M. Thom
2000, Douglas & McIntyre Ltd., ISBN 1-55054-808-5
232 pages illustrated in colour and b&w
Biography page 54, illustration of sculpture Night Flight page 55.
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
5 references cited for Lennie.
A MODERN LIFE: Art and Design in British Columbia 1945-1960 (refer to VAG04)
PUBLIC ART IN VANCOUVER - ANGELS AMONG LIONS (refer to PAV09)
88 ARTISTS FROM 88 YEARS (refer to ECU17)
VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)
CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES (refer to DIR)
B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE death (refer to BCVS)
"Beatrice Lennie, who devotes her talents to sculpturing,
is represented by her first canvas, an interesting and promising departure
from her modeling. She is also showing several colorful small sketches. Her
most noteworthy work, however, is a piece of stone carving, "Repose.""
From "Pasovas Club Has Splendid Annual Show" by R.W.M. Vancouver Province, November 6 1934
"Beatrice Lennie has two carvings, and several oils,
as well as a pencil portrait study."
From "Pasovas Art Show" Vancouver Sun, November 6 1934
"... Beatrice Lennie ... are all represented."
From "PASOVAS EXHIBIT - Pioneer Art Students' Show"
Vancouver Province, February 21 1936
"In addition to the oils, water colors, pastels, prints and pencil drawings, there
is a small showing of sculpture including works by two well-known Vancouver
sculptors, Beatrice Lennie and Ralph Roberts."
From "400 B.C. Pictures in Jubilee Art Show"
Vancouver Sun, August 15 1936
" ... and Beatrice Lennie, in the sculpture section, has a competent piece symbolic of "April." "
From "Fine Showing By B.C. Artists Follows Conventional Lines" by E.N.B.
Vancouver Province, April 30 1938
"Honourable Mentions were accorded as follows: Sculpture: Miss Beatrice Lennie ("Night Flight")"
From "Medal Awards in B.C. Artists' Exhibition"
Vancouver Art Gallery Bulletin Vol. 6 No. 2 October 1938
Information provided courtesy Joanna Spurling, VAG Library & Archives
"Three Vancouver women artists have contributed to the interior decorations of the
new Hotel Vancouver. ... Beatrice Lennie, well-known
sculptress, has created the
twelve-by-seven foot panel in the elevator lobby. It represents "Elevation" and
its modern figures and flowers stand out in relief in color shades typical of the
modern world of industry, stainless steel, brass, chromium. Concealed lighting shows
off this striking works (sic) of art to good advantage.
It is the most outstanding, but not the only example of Miss Lennie's work to be
found in the new hotel. She did two of the fireplaces, the mouldings in the Royal
suite and the modelling for the modern frieze in the salon."
From "Local Women Artists Helped Decorate Hotel"
(unknown newspaper), date unknown
"Woman Shapes Beauty in Stone" by Charles J. Woodsworth
Vancouver Province, December 21 1940
" ... Among those contibuting paintings and drawings are: ... Beatrice Lennie ... "
From "Noted Artists Offer Paintings For Red Cross" Vancouver Province (presumed), November 1942
"The sculptors include ... Beatrice Lennie ... "
From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers" by Palette Vancouver Province, July 7 1943
"Recently the Puppeteers' Club of Gordon House Community Centre, under direction of
Beatrice Lennie, Vancouver sculptor, put on seven
performances a day of "Punch and Judy" in the window of David
Spencer's Ltd. on Hastings street."
From "Graphic Arts and Sculpture Place in Gallery Exhibition" by Palette
Vancouver Province, September 24 1945
"Beatrice Lennie: A Sculptor of the West" by J. Delisle Parker
Canadian Review of Art & Music, 1947, Vol. 5, No. 6-7, pages 22-24,50.
"Saturday at 3 p.m. Dr. Norman MacKenzie will officially open an exhibition of
work by Miss Beatrice Lennie at The Gables.
During a recent illness, this well-known sculptor turned to painting in oils
with great success, and a large collection of her recent work will be shown.
Prominent among the pictures is "The Indian Basket Weaver of Sechelt." Miss
Lennie also paints flowers and has lately made a special study of children.
A number of these paintings and a collection of her work in the plastic arts will be on display."
From "Watercolours on View At Art Gallery" by M.V. Thornton
Vancouver Sun, April 1948
"Leading sculptor of the west, Beatrice Lennie, will
exhibit many examples of her work in a solo display at the arts and cultural
centre, "The Gables," University Boulevard, lasting from next Sunday, April 11
to the end of May."
From "Vancouver Sculptor's Work On Display Soon" by Palette
Vancouver Province, April 8 1948
"Labour Temple Mural Symbolizes Industry" by Palette
Vancouver Province, May 14 1949
"Sculpture By the Ton" by Elinor Glenn
Vancouver Sun magazine supplement, October 23 1954
"Vancouver Native Daughter is Noted Canadian Sculptor"
Vancouver Herald, February 13 1956