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Hoffar started classes at the VSDAA in 1925, and was in the first graduating class in 1929, later exhibiting in the PASOVAS group exhibition at the B.C. Art League gallery in 1930.
In the catalogue for the 1929 Winter exhibition of the BCSFA, there are entries for G. Hoffar and J. Hoffar. It is possible that both of these listings are typographic errors for Irene Hoffar, especially since the exhibition catalogue had a few other errors in the listings.
In 1936, the Spring issue of The Smock Pocket noted that "A portrait by Mrs. IRENE HOFFAR REID, '29, was purchased and presented to the Art Gallery to augment the Permanent Collection. This is the first honor of this kind to be bestowed on a Graduate." The newsletter also noted that Reid was sharing a studio with Margaret Carter at 581 Granville Street.
Reid had work in the PASOVAS group exhibition in 1936, at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She also exhibited work at the National Gallery of Canada, the Seattle Art Museum in 1930, and the Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, in 1932.
She exhibited work in the B.C. Artists' exhibitions from 1932 to 1950.
She exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in their annual exhibitions from 1940 onward. She was President of the society when it finally ceased to operate in 1967, after the few remaining members voted it out of existence following an unsuccessful membership campaign.
She submitted four charcoal drawings to the 1949 B.C. Graphic exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, two of them were selected for the exhibition. She was living in Vancouver. In 1967 she was awarded the Canada Centennial Medal for her contribution to the arts.
|1929 Nov. 16 - 30||BCSFA Winter Exhibition||Jervis Inlet|
|Morning, Hotham Sound|
|After the Rain|
|1930 Nov. 27 - Dec. 7||PASOVAS Art Club Exhibition||Mural "Sun Bathers"|
|1932 Sept. 17 - 30||PASOVAS Club Exhibition||"The Washerwomen of Gibraltar"|
|"Morning, Alta Lake"|
|1933 May 3 - 18||VAG VSAGA 1st Annual Exhibition||Indian Village|
|1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual||The Fishermen|
|The Herring Net|
|1933 Dec. 1 - 17||VAG B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition||The Woodpile|
|Looking Across the Bay|
|1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual||Grey Day|
|1934 ? - ?||VAG B.C. Artists Edmonton Exhibition||Rhythm|
|1934 Dec. 4 - 16||VAG B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition||Coming Storm|
|Leaves of Autumn|
|1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual||Sketch|
|1936 Feb. 21 - Mar. 5||PASOVAS Annual Group Show||The Storm|
|1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10||VAG B.C. Artists 6th Annual||Winter|
|1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9||VAG B.C. Artists 7th Annual||Flower Study|
|1940 May 17 - June 2||BCSFA 30th Annual||Holiday|
|1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13||VAG B.C. Artists 9th Annual||Near Clinton|
|1941 May 10 - June 1||BCSFA 31st Annual||Jessie|
|1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19||VAG B.C. Artists 10th Annual||Cariboo Farm|
|Mending the Rose Trellis|
|1942 May 15 - 31||BCSFA 32nd Annual||Composition|
|1942 July 7 - Sept. 2||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer||October|
|1943 May 15 - June 6||BCSFA 33rd Annual||Cariboo Landscape|
|1943 July 2 - Aug. 25||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer||Cariboo Landscape|
|1945 May 18 - June 10||BCSFA 35th Annual||Maple Trees|
|1945 July 3 - Aug. 26||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual Summer||Margaret|
|1946 July 2 - 28||VAG Jubilee Exhibition||Cariboo Landscape|
|1947 April 12 - 13||WVCAC Exhibition of Fine Arts||Cariboo Landscape|
|1948 May 18 -June 6||BCSFA 38th Annual||Linda and Rusty|
|Houses and Trees|
|1949 May 3 - 22||BCSFA 39th Annual||Sketch No. 1|
|Sketch No. 2|
|1949 Nov. 22 - Dec. 11||VAG First B.C. Graphic||The Rocks|
|Fallen Trees (rejected)|
|Vegetable Garden (rejected)|
|1950 April 25 - May 14||BCSA 40th Annual||Winter|
|1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17||VAG B.C. Artists 19th Annual||The Wharf|
3rd BC GRAPHIC & CANADIAN SOCIETY OF GRAPHIC ART (refer to BCG57)
100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)
SPRING EXHIBITION - FCA - BC REGION (refer to FCA64)
PLANTAE OCCIDENTALIS - 200 Years of Botanical Art in British Columbia
1979, By Maria Newberry House, The Botanical Garden, U.B.C., Technical Bulletin No 11
Exhibition catalogue, illustrated; list of works; ISSN 0703-1432
Includes one work by Reid, Spear Thistle, ill. in colour p.62.
VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)
BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)
FIRST CLASS - Four Graduates From The Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts
1987, Letia Richardson, The Floating Curatorial Gallery at Women in Focus
Exhibition catalogue; includes survey essay of women artists in Vancouver:
Chronologies of Lilias Farley, Reid, Beatrice Lennie, and Vera Weatherbie.
EARLY BRITISH COLUMBIAN WOMAN ARTISTS (refer to HG95)
GENERATIONS - FIVE DECADES OF ART IN WEST VANCOUVER 1912 - 1962 (refer to WVMA99)
SHIFTING MARGINS: EMILY CARR and IRENE HOFFAR REID (refer to BAG13)
88 ARTISTS FROM 88 YEARS (refer to ECU17)
THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)
VISUAL ARTS BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to VABC77)
BRITISH COLUMBIA ART COLLECTION 1974-80 (refer to BCAC80)
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
BY A LADY, Celebrating Three Centuries of Art by Canadian Women by Maria Tippett
1992, Viking, ISBN 0-670-84458-6
226 pages, illustrated in colour and b&w, list of illustrations, index
References to Reid on pages 70 and 85
A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
VANCOUVER ARTIST: Irene Hoffar Reid
1999 April; by Michael Clark, Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design.
Visions newsletter, Volume 5 Issue 3, page 6.
One page biography with 3 illustrations of her work.
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
2 references to Reid
THE FECKLESS COLLECTION (refer to FECK18)
CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1933-34 (refer to DIR)
B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE (refer to BCVS) marriage certificate
"Irene Hoffar Reid's sketches show definitely her change
in style and indicates that she has not yet masterd her new ideas."
From "Pasovas Club Has Splendid Annual Show" Vancouver Province, November 6, 1934
"Irene Hoffar Reid is representd with a number of
striking paintings in the oils section, including a rather unusual study
From "Pasovas Art Show" Vancouver Sun, November 6, 1934
"... Irene Hoffar Reid ... are all represented."
From "PASOVAS EXHIBIT - Pioneer Art Students' Show" by (unknown)
Daily Province, February 21 1936
"The oils are an interesting group, notably ... and "The Storm," by
Irene Hoffar Reid, the latter being distinguished for its
strong color value."
From "FINE PASOVAS ART EXHIBITION" by (unknown)
Vancouver Sun (?), February 2 1936
Irene Hoffar Reid, Maud Sherman,
and others, attain that effect which contrasting colors afford ...
From "PASOVAS CLUB - Annual Display on View at Art Gallery" by (unknown)
News-Herald, February 1936
"On the walls of the studio shared by Margaret
Carter and Irene Hoffar Reid are murals,
landscapes, portraits in oils and conte, the latter a medium much
used by the Old Masters."
From "GRADUATES IN ART" by Cintra
(unknown newspaper), April 25, 1936
"Irene Hoffar Reid is better than ever in her three captivating
From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May 16 1942
"Among other prominent exhibitors are ... Irene Hoffar Reid ...
From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943
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