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Marion Aird Morham
(Mrs. A.S. Grigsby)(m. A. Dance)

June 12 1902 - June 20 1984

B.C. Society of Fine Arts
Federation of Canadian Artists (Founding Member 1941)

Marion Aird Morham ws born in London, England, in 1902. She was a pupil of the Willesden School of Art, and the Polytechnic School of Art, in London, England. She also studied at the University of London, and received a teaching diploma from the London Board of Education in 1926. She exhibited with the Sketch Club in Rotherham, England in 1927, and at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1930 and 1931. Her artwork included drawing, watercolour painting, modeling, and crafts.

MORHAM, Marion Aird
Born in London, England; daughter of the late John Aird Morham; educated in London, Willesden School of Art; Polytechnic School of Art, Regent Street; University of London; studied drawing under Harry Watson, A.R.C.A.; design and illustration under H. Theaker, A.R.C.A.; modelling under H. Maryon; taught in Art and High Schools for six years; came to Canada 1932 and lived in Northern British Columbia; taught Indians at Hazelton, B.C.; came to Vancouver, B.C. 1935; is teacher of drawing and painting to deaf children at School for Deaf and Blind; teacher of Life and Composition at the Canadian Institute of the Associated Arts; exhited at Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-on-Tyne; Northumberland Handicraft Guild; Sketch Club, Rotherham, Yorks; Sketch Club, Barrow-in-Furness; International Exhibition, Vancouver, B.C.; Pacific Coast Exhibition, Vancouver B.C.; member, Art Gallery Association; Church of England; Recreation: swimming, camping, motoring. Residence: 2264 Cornwall St., Vancouver, B.C.

WHO'S WHO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1937-38-39 (see below)

After arriving in Vancouver she exhibited her work in the annual B.C. Artists exhibitions in 1931, 1938, 1939, and from 1941 to 1946, all held at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She had a solo exhibition at the Gallery in 1938, of Watercolours, drawing, sculpture, and prints, and another solo exhibition in 1948. She also exhibited work at the Gallery in the 1944 British Columbia At Work exhibition.

She showed her work with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in 1938, 1944, and 1945.

She was on a list titled "Leading Vancouver Artists," provided to the Labour Arts Guild on April 10, 1946 by the Vancouver Art Gallery to assist in the Guild's call for entries to the second annual B.C. At Work exhibition. Morham was married to A.S. Grigsby, the Art Gallery's Business Manager, at the time.

She submitted three drawings and a linocut to the 1949 B.C. Graphic exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, only the linocut was selected for the exhibition.

She was a member of the West Vancouver Sketch Club from 1948 to 1976. In 1977 she was living in Winfield, B.C. Vital Statistics On-line provides the information that a Mary Ayrd Grigsby died in Kamloops on June 20, 1984, at the age of 81, presumably the artist.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1938 June 28 - July 10 Solo Show VAG
1948 April 20 - May 9 Solo Show (20 works) VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 6th Annual Maples, Stanley Park
Stanley Park
Moorecroft
Devil
Deer
1938 April 29 - May 15 BCSFA   28th Annual Studies in London Zoo:
  Bison
  Flamingos
  Bird Study
  Bear
Storm
1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9 VAG   B.C. Artists 7th Annual Early Morning, Gambier Island
The Chapel, Camp Artaban
Portrait Study
Portrait Study
Chizuko
1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8 VAG   B.C. Artists 8th Annual Undergrowth
Hut No. 1
1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19 VAG   B.C. Artists 10th Annual The Pool
The Mountain
Study
Laurabet
1942 July 7 - Sept. 2 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer Mt. Cheam, B.C.
1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18 VAG   B.C. Artists 11th Annual Jermain's Island
1942 Nov. 3 - 15 FCA   Red Cross Benefit (no information available)
1943 July 2 - Aug. 25 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer Jermain's Island
1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20 VAG   B.C. Artists 12th Annual Skimpy - The Siamese Cat
1944 May 13 - June 4 BCSFA   34th Annual Mountains of Morpheus
1944 July 4 - Aug. 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Summer Skimpy, the Siamese Cat
1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 VAG   B.C. Artists 13th Annual The Alley Visitor
1944 Nov. 21 - Dec. 10 Labour Arts Guild   1st B.C. At Work Linesmen
1945 May 18 - June 10 BCSFA   35th Annual Indian Church, Sechelt
Old Tree, Sechelt
1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21 VAG   B.C. Artists 14th Annual Compensation
1946 July 2 - 28 VAG   Jubilee Exhibition The Siamese Cat
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual Tree No. 1
Tree No. 2
1947 April 12 - 13 WVCAC   Exhibition of Fine Arts Siamese Cat
Tree No. 2
1949 Nov. 22 - Dec. 11 VAG   First B.C. Graphic Tree No. 13 (disqualified)
Fir Trees
Pigeons (rejected)
Cat (rejected)

References

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)

WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)
      Brief reference to Morham.

VISUAL ARTS BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to VABC77)

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)

A CENTURY OF SCULPTURE (refer to SSBC98)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      1 reference cited for Morham: WWNA above.

WEST VANCOUVER SKETCH CLUB - LIST OF MEMBER 1947-1977 (refer to WVSC)

B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE (refer to BCVS)

Clippings

"Art Gallery Re-opens after Month's 'Sit-down' " by (unknown)
      Daily Province, June 1938

"Artists represented in the group comprise the following ... Marion Dance ... (continues)
      From "Maritime Art Association"
      Vancouver Art Gallery Bulletin, November (?), 1939

" ... Among those contibuting paintings and drawings are: ... Marion Morham ... "
      From "Noted Artists Offer Paintings For Red Cross"
      Vancouver Daily Province (presumed), November 1942

"Among other prominent exhibitors are ... Marion A. Morham ... (continues)
      From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943

"Other artists showing creditable work are ... Marion Morham ..."
      From "Notable Exhibits of Artists' Work" by Mildred Valley Thornton
      Vancouver Sun (presumed), May 1944

"Incidentally, we have a thriving clay modelling department in the Sketch Club now, working with Marion Grigsby in her Taylor Way studio."
      From "Painter's Colic" by E.L.
      The Lions Gate Times, March 11 1948


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