|BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS|
Many exhibits in the graphic arts, sculpture, water-color and pastel form
interesting features, in addition to the main display of oil paintings in the large non-jury
B.C. Artists exhibition now being held at the gallery.|
In the graphic arts room two of the finest and most powerful drawings, based on themes in India, were made by the late Pte. August Roozeboom, who lost his life in Holland while serving with the Netherlands airborne commandos.
This gifted young artist, with a most promising future, was born in Holland and came to Vancouver as a child. He interrupted his studies at the Vancouver School of Art to join the armed forces and was first sent to India where the present exhibits were made. Later the artist-soldier was ordered to Holland where he was killed in action at Arnheim, close to his birthplace.
This section, which is above the average in quality, also includes Pamela Regan's "Reclining Figure," with its subtle linear expression; Fred Amess' study of horses in "Caribou (sic) Pattern," and James A.C. Dickie's street scene, where all elements in his composition are rhythmically poised in space and counterbalance.
Also notable are Harvey (sic) W. Parker's "V.J. Night in Chinatown," with its decorative dragon of victory; a small but expressive and dramatic little figure by Muriel Millerd, and Molly Lamb's two lively compositions.
Of water-colors, good bad and indifferent, there are many and of varied subject matter. Cliff Robinson has been inspired by army life in two compositions of semi-abstract nature, in which there is a personal and creative emotional value.
There is strength also in Evan Boston's flowing forms and color in an old Ottawa street scene, and in Dorothy Stevens-Cope's "Crossroads," vitally expressive of rural British Columbia.
Josie S. Wilson shows an entertaining and apparently authentic conception of old B.C. Indian life in her "Assembling for the Potlatch."
There are a host of flower studies, many mediocre but with a few outstanding examples such as Dorothy Grant's colorful arrangement. M. Denton Burgess exhibits a large, decorated "Birds of a Feather."
Chief purpose of the entertainment was to advertise the Community Chest drive. The show was combined with a window display of arts and crafts by different groups at Gordon House Community Centre.