Daily Province, August 2 1947

Stanley Park Paintings On Exhibition at Gallery

by Palette

     The quality in many of the paintings is unusually good in the third annual "Stanley Park in Pictures" exhibition, on display at the Gallery until Aug. 17. Again the Board of Park commissioners has sponsored and offered awards for this popular exhibition.
     This year the main prizes go to Peter Aspell, who wins the $100 purchase prize for his excellent "Bear Cage" and to Orville Fisher, winner of the $75 award for his oil "Summer Weekend."
     Pamela Regan, who knows how to combine humor admirably with a well painted decorative canvas, is the winner of a $50 prize with her "Sunday Afternoon." Alice Gaudet wins the $25 prize for her "Boat House."


     One regrets that the display has not been held first, as in previous years, at the Park Pavilion where thousands who rarely go to the Gallery visited with delight an interesting collection of pictures revealing some of the beauties of their city.
     Besides the prize winners there are a considerable number of artists contributing really inspired paintings to thie year's display. These include H.G. Crumplin, who shows a very fine landscape "The Open Park" and an ambitious night scene of "Theatre Under the Stars"; Stanley Dunn with his "Nature's Totem"; Katherine Allen in her spirited "welcoming USS Iowa" and William Calder with an inspiring "View of the Bridge."

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     The passing last week of Elmer S. Hodges, well known wood sculptor, removes from the Vancouver art scene a characterful and talented figure. He was a frequent exhibitor at the Gallery.
     Taking up wood sculptor (sic) late in life Mr. Hodges during the past ten years worked diligently in his studio at Hollyburn, West Vancouver. He received much of his inspiration from driftwood picked up on the beach below his studio.
     Recently the veteran sculptor's work received considerable recognition, especially in a lengthy well illustrated article in The New World magazine. His achievements, attained without any formal art education, frequently revealed a naive charm, a simplicity and fantasy recalling mediaeval sculpture.

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     Summer University courses "Painting for Pleasure" have been followed during the past month with enthusiasm by an evergrowing number of amateur painters. The instructors are B.C. Binning, Orville Fisher, J. MacDonald, and Lionel Thomas.
     Widespread desire to know something about the practice of arts, as well as the theory and cultural value, is shown by the variety of students of all ages and walks of life, ranging from university professors to housewives.
     One of the keenest among the group of sixty students desirous of penetrating the mysteries of paint and canvas is a lady of seventy. Among the other students are a well known city engineer, a distinguished medical research doctor and a prominent radio commentator.