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Peter Meilleur


Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts (1926-1928)

Peter Meilleur had early drawings published in the Vancouver School Board elementary school pamphlet School Days.

He was a member of PASOVAS, the Pioneer Art Students of Vancouver Art School, a group formed of those who had enrolled in the first three sessions (1925 - 1926) at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts. He was living at 157 Eight Avenue West.

He enrolled for his first year apparently in the Fall 1926 session at the art school. He was the business manager for the second issue of The Paint Box, the school's annual. The Prospectus for the 1927-28 school year noted that he had passed in Drawing, Design, Composition (under Varley), and Commercial Art.

He was the Art Editor of the June 1928 issue of The Paint Box, and also contributed a number of illustrations to the publication, including woodcut designs on the Title Page, the Editorial Page, and for an article by Sybil Hill. In an unusual production combination, he also cut the woodblocks for designs by Kate A. Smith (one of the instructors) and by Alice Sharp.

Meilleur passed third year Drawing and Painting at the School in 1928, which indicates that he managed to "bump up" a year from his start in Fall 1926. However, there is no record of his acquiring a graduation certificate from the school. He later moved to Powell River where he worked for the local newspaper.

He exhibited his work in the 1936 exhibition of the PASOVAS Art Club, held at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

A handwritten letter on file at the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, sent in preparation for the exhibition, noted that Meilleur had sent wood engravings and woodcuts from Powell River to the exhibition.


1936 Feb 21. - Mar. 5 PASOVAS   Art Club exhibition titles?



THE SAVARY PUDDING folio by Frederick A. Amess, private collection.
   Original drawings, paintings and text by Amess, C.H. Scott, Grace Melvin,
       H. Mortimer Lamb, Plato von Ustinov, and other students and visitors.
   June 1935 (various dates), June 1939 (various dates)
   52 loose 12"x18" sheets of brown sketch paper


"Now at last we now the reason for Pete's shining light, late last night the said party was espied slinking furtively through the kitchen clasping a handful of sinister looking bottles - Beware Peter! - we've got you covered."
     From "Sh - Strictly Confidential"
      Savary Pudding, June 9 1939

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