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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 was a founding member of P.A.S.O.V.A.S., the Pioneer Art Students of Vancouver Art School, an artist's group formed in 1930 from the students who entered the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts in its first year and a half of classes in 1925 and 1926, and was later a member of the Vancouver School of Art Graduate's Association.
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.
After returning to Vancouver from her post-graduate studies in 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.
In 1936, the Spring issue of The Smock Pocket noted that Lennie had opened the Beatrice Lennie School of Sculpture, at 1522 13th Avenue (Granville and 13th). Lennie had work in the PASOVAS group exhibition in 1932 and 1936, at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She designed large panels that were installed in the Hotel Vancouver, later either removed or covered up. She also created a sculpture for the Federal Post Office, Vancouver, and a dedication plaque for the Patullo Bridge in New Westminster.
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 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 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)
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 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" by (unknown)
Daily Province, February 21 1936
" ... Among those contibuting paintings and drawings are: ... Beatrice Lennie ... "
From "Noted Artists Offer Paintings For Red Cross" Vancouver Daily Province (presumed), November 1942
"The sculptors include ... Beatrice Lennie ... (continues)
From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943
"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.
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