Vancouver Daily Province November 6 1926

Palette and Chisel Club

     There is an urbanity and largeness about the first exhibition of the Palette and Chisel Club which can not fail to be attractive to the discriminating visitor. Chiefly confined to women artists, there is a freedom of handling in some of the works that might well be envied by masculine painters.
     If there is one thing that strikes the spectator more than another, it is that a novelty has been achieved which did not seem possible. For one thing, the pictures are deftly hung and the light is good; color has been used with a good deal of courage. A piece or two of fine sculpture validates the name of the organization, which today gives its private view, and for the next two weeks will be free to the public at the gallery of the B.C. Art League, 939 Granville street. There is considerable variety in subject and in treatment.
     At the entrance Mr. C. Marega's versatile chisel is seen in two comic statuettes, while further in the room is the pathetic and beautiful face of Pauline Johnson in white marble, and in the last bay we came to a bronze Pan of imaginative subtlety.
     Mrs. F.C. Ashby has certainly made considerable advance in recent years. Her five portrait studies of girls are delightful in color and praiseworthy in drawing.
     Mrs. Stateira Frame's paintings need no signature, and as examples of painting they show a fine originality and a beautiful arrangement of color. She has a decorative panel, a picture of a tug, and some summer scenes which are brilliantly simple and effective.
     Mrs. Kay Brydone-Jack shows three pictures of flowers which maintain the argument that this kind of work may be done in oil as well as in water-color, and her picture entitled "Reflections" is startlingly true and vivid.
     Mrs. Edith H. Killam's large picture of a tree at Buccaneer is one of the best things she has done, and her other pictures sustain her reputation.
     Miss Margaret Wake has three good portrait studies, two of girls and one of an Indian woman.
     Mrs. M.O. Verrall's two large water-colors of flowers are in her best style and show a vigor of handling that is marvellous in its certainty and dash.
     These are some of the high points in an exhibition which has a challenge and a vitality in it which are not a little remarkable. There will be considerable conversation about it during the ensuing two weeks. - DIOGENES.

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