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A handwritten Minute Book on file at the Vancouver City Archives describes the initial meeting:
April 6th (1900)
On this day a meeting was held in the rooms of the Vancouver Art Workers Guild in the Le Fevre Block to discuss the formation of a Society of Arts and Crafts. There were present: H.J. De Forest, Mr. Herman Alpen, Mr. Gardner (?), Mr. Thurston (?), Mr. Amos Woodroofe, Mr. R. Mackey Fripp and Mr. Jas Bloomfield.
By request Mr. Fripp adressed the meeting and described the operation of such a society and also the manner in which such a society might be formed.
Mr. Bloomfield was nominated to meet Mr. Fripp at his residence on behalf of the Art Worker Guild - on Monday evening the 9th inst. - to further discuss the matter - and to draft a rough constitution for the Society - to be submitted for further discussion and amendment prior to a general public meeting being called.
The meeting then adjourned till Tuesday evening the 10th at 7:30 p.m. in rooms of Art Workers Guild.
Secretary, per tem
However, the articles apparently raised the ire of at least one artist who had been reviewed less than kindly by the anonymous reviewer, and another entry in the the Society's Minute book records Thomas Mower Martin's resignation from the society, presumably in response to the critical review of his artwork. The entry also identifies the anonymous writer as the President of the Arts & Crafts Society at the time, apparently R. Mackay Fripp (prior to Will Ferris).
February 22, 1901
Resignation of Mr. Mower Martin read and discussed at length. At a critical point the President vacated the Chair - taken by Mr. Eveleigh V.P. and after further expression of views on the cause of Mr. Martin's resignation - viz. the writing of the Artist published in the Canadian Architect and Builder - the President - having left the chair then - stated he had no intention of hurting any members feelings when he wrote the article in question and regrets that it should have had such an undesired effect. A resolution was then passed as under this Executive is of the opinion that no member of this Association should criticize work by fellow members in a public paper or magazine.
Moved by Mr. Fripp - Seconded by Mr. De Forest and Carried unanimously.
The Secretary was then instructed to reply to Mr. Mower Martin embodying the above resolution and the meeting adjourned at the call of the new Secretary. General Meeting to be held on March 4th as per Constitution.
Confirmed, Will Ferris, President, Vancouver March 12th.
C.E. Bloomfield, Secretary
In any case, the Association would soon see competition from the Vancouver Studio Club, Vancouver Sketch Club, B.C. Society of Fine Arts, Island Arts & Crafts Society, among others, and slowly faded out of existence.
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