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"11th Annual Exhibition of Fine Arts"

From "Studio Talk", The Studio - February 15, 1918

"An Illustrated Magazine of Fine & Applied Arts", London England


Vancouver, B.C.

    The Eleventh Annual Exhibition of Fine Arts which took place recently in Vancouver showed that in that Ultima Thule of Canadian Enterprise some attention is being paid to artistic development. About two hundred guests were at the private view, and during the succeeding days that the exhibition was open there was an encouraging attendance of the public. About a hundred works by members and contributors were shown, including two statuettes by C. Marega, a local sculptor of much ability; and these were supplemented by a small loan exhibition in which were paintings by David Cox, William M. Muller, J.S. Cotman, J.S. Prout, Prof. Novelo of Verona, Bartolozzi, and other famous painters. There are a few collectors in Vancouver City, though it is but thirty years old, its existence dating from the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway across the continent, which reached Vancouver in 1886.
    The B.C. Society of Fine Arts is incorporated by the British Columbia Government, but has not yet received from that Government any financial assistance. Among its members may be mentioned Tom. W. Fripp, son of a late distinguished member of the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours, and whose paintings of the Canadian Rockies are probably as good as anything that Canada has produced in water-colour; John Kyle, a former South Kensington student, who is now employed by the British Columbia Government as Director of Technical Training; W.P. Weston, also a South Kensington student and now instructor in art in the Vancouver Normal School for teachers; and Margaret Longden, formerly a member of the Society of Miniaturists, London. Among members who have had the advantage of European training in the continental schools are Margaret S. Wake, John Kyle, Edith H. Killam, C. Marega (Rome, Florence, and Paris), J.W. Keagey, and H.J. DeForest. Australian artistic training is represented by Stanley Tytler and Norman H. Hawkins.
    Beginning as a small group of artists, the Society has overcome the initial difficulties which almost invariably beset enterprises of this kind and is now recognized by the western public as a representative body in artistic matters. Its exhibitions have shown a gradual improvement in the character of the works exhibited, and so it has good reason to look forward to the future with confidence.    B.M.



Editor's Note: illustrations in the article include "November", W.P. Weston; "A Mountain Road, Wales", B. McEvoy; "The Sentinel Pass, Canadian Rockie Mountains", T.W. Fripp; "A Comrade's Last Tribute", C. Marega.

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