Fine Showing By B.C. Artists Follows Conventional Lines

Annual Exhibit of Society of Fine Arts Opens for Two Weeks at Art Gallery

Daily Province - April 30 1938

     Twenty-eighth annual exhibition of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts, including practically all the artists of any prominence in the city, was opened in the Art Gallery by Capt. A.M.D. Fairbairn, A.D.C., representing Lieutenant-Governor E.W. Hamber.
     The show, if it is an index to B.C. art, indicates that much good work is being done along strictly conventional lines. Almost without exception, the fifty oils, twelve watercolors and thirteen assorted crayon sketches, black and whites and pastels, revealed smooth competence and maidenly reticence.
     There are exceptions. Emily Carr of Victoria, with a creation called "Swirl" and two forest scenes, was one. P.V. Ustinow, with his realistic "The End of False Creek," was another. A possible third was J.W.G. Macdonald, who showed a group of four semi-abstract designs, which will at least arouse curiosity.
     There is much work that is excellent and pleasing. Among the oils, Clark Stevenson with a well done nude; Nan Lawson Cheney with a costume portrait and a still life; G.H. Tyler with two landscapes; C.H. Scott with more landscapes; W.P. Weston, especially his "Winter Phantasy," and Ernva Code, whose color schemes are arresting, are all highly creditable.
     Foremost in the watercolor section is a group of large still lifes by M.O. Verral and a brilliant entry by Mrs. Cheney. G.L. Thornton-Sharp, president of the society, has three delicate pastels, Paul Goranson has a very good black and white and a good study of a head, and Beatrice Lennie, in the sculpture section, has a competent piece symbolic of "April."
     The show will be on view until May 15.              E.N.B.

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