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William Perceval Weston

November 30 1879 - December 20 1967

B.C. Society of Fine Arts (Member 1910, President 1922-1926 & 1931-1937, Life Member 1938)
British Columbia Artist (B.C.A., 1921)
Vancouver Exhibition
Canadian Group of Painters (Charter Member 1933)
Royal Canadian Academy (Associate 1936)
Royal Society of Artists, London (Elected Fellow 1938)
Federation of Canadian Artists (Founding Member 1941)
Western Group of Painters (1948)

W.P. Weston was born in Battersea, London, England, on November 30, 1879. He was one of the wave of British educators and artists who arrived in Vancouver around the turn of the century. He was trained in England at the Putney School of Art, in London.


Weston painting in England (family photo)

He arrived in Vancouver in 1909 and took up the position of Art Teacher at King Edward High School. He started an extensive exhibiting career in Vancouver that year, putting work into the Second Exhibition of the new B.C. Society of Fine Arts, as well as putting one painting into the Vancouver Studio Club autumn exhibition.


Weston on the "Voyage of the Whynot" 1913 (family photo)

In 1910 he was appointed Drawing Supervisor for the Vancouver School Board. In 1912 he became head of the Night School programmes. In 1914 he was appointed Art Master at the Provincial Normal School in Vancouver.


Weston in 1914-15 Normal School Annual

Weston gave a lecture titled The Place of Art in Education for the Vancouver Institute on March 15, 1917. Weston gave another lecture for the Vancouver Institute on December 9, 1929, titled Modern Developments in Architecture.

His painting November was reproduced in the February 15, 1918 issue of the Studio Magazine, published in London, England (see also 1919 review by McEvoy below).

Weston exhibited extensively for many years with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts, from 1909 to 1930, from 1936 through to 1962, and in the group's final exhibition in 1967. The 1930 exhibition catalogue noted that he was on the Society's Executive Committee.

Weston exhibited in Victoria with the Island Arts and Crafts Society in 1913 and from 1927 to 1930.

The 1922-1923 issue of the Provincial Normal School annual noted the following about Weston on "The Faculty" page:
     "An artist - but we need say no more, for his deeds and not our words have forever left their imprint upon the minds of the classes of our year - we have all struggled for the result which is at once so simple and yet so difficult to obtain.
     One of the things which we like most about Mr. Weston is his genuineness. A blob of colour is a "blob of colour" and a bunch is a "bunch"."

In the same catalogue, on the "From the Faculty Page", Weston noted:
     "Much of our knowledge and pleasure is gained through the eye.
     The eye, however, must work and see with intelligence. Drawing constitutes a measure of our ability to see a thing completely and intelligently, hence its value in general education."

Weston taught Class III in 1922-23, and the class page included the following little poem on page 25:
     Little daubs of crayon,
     Little daubs of paint.
     Make Class III's B. B.
     Just what it ain't.

On page 56 of the 1922-23 Normal School Annual, it was noted that the Annual Dance was to be held in the gymnasium, but "not the gymnasium in its ordinary, barren, week-day school dress, but a veritable fairy-land, transformed under Mr. Weston's artistic direction. The room was adorned with rose and green streamers, and the lights, enclosed in dainty, flowerlike shades, cast a soft radiance over all. A special feature of the decorations was a large yellow moon hung over the balcony, which added a most realistic touch to the Moonlight waltzes by shedding its moonbeams over the throng of dancers."

Weston was also included in the Humor pages of the 1922-23 Normal School annual:
     Mr. Weston: We'll take this period for catching up on anything you are behind in.
     Bergie: Alright, Mr. Weston, I am going to catch up on my sleep.
             z-z-z-z-z-z-z
Also:
     Mr. W___n: What is righteous anger?
     Student: Being angry without swearing.
Under the heading of "Pedagogical Psalms:"
     Mr. Weston: "I am as a wonder unto many." Ps. 71.7
Included in a poem about the Normal School are the following lines about Weston:
     Then we see the drawing master,
     See the great man, Mr. Weston;
     Just a touch of brush on paper,
     See! look! but it is so simple!
     And we look, but in amazement.
     Then he shows us very clearly,
     Just how simple is the method.
     How each step blends with the other.
And lastly:
     Cook (to Mr. Weston): "I hear they are going to magnetize the rear axle of the Ford."
     "What's the idea?"
     "So it will pick up the parts that drop off."


Weston in 1923-24 Normal School Annual

In 1924 Weston taught Elementary Art at the Summer School for Teachers, held in Victoria.

In 1925 he wrote the "Manual of Drawing and Design for Elementary and High Schools" with Charles H. Scott, then Supervisor of Art, Vancouver, and Spencer Perceval Judge, then Art Master, Vancouver. Weston re-wrote this book by himself in 1934, at the request of the publisher. Unfortunately, both Judge and Scott took this exclusion badly, and they apparently ceased to be friends with Weston.

He had work in the annual B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery in the inaugural 1932 exhibition, and in 1933, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1945, and 1947. He also showed work at the Vancouver Exhibition in 1924, 1925, and 1930.

Weston was made an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1936. He has been mistakenly identified as the first artist of Western Canada to be so honoured, but in fact Sophie Pemberton was made an Associate in 1906. Weston was one of 31 Charter members of the Canadian Group of Painters, the successor organization to the Group of Seven and the Group of Eleven, and exhibited in their first group show in Atlantic City, sponsored by Heinz.

Weston was on the Faculty at the Provincial Normal School for many years. The 1932-33 School Annual gave the following insights into his teaching:

MR. WESTON
     "His pencil was striking, resistless, and grand;
     His manners were gentle, complying and bland;
     Still born to improve us in every part,
     His pencil our faces - his manners our heart."

     "As our training at Normal draws to a close, we, the members of Class III, begin to realize how deeply indebted we are to our class teacher, Mr. Weston. His unfailing encouragement and boundless enthusiasm have been a great help to us all. Even those students who were sure that the drawing of such things as birds, animals and fish was far beyond their ability have been able to produce some remarkable results."

He was also included in one of the jokes on the "Alleged Humor" page:
     A Lady Member of the Sketch Club: "How do you make eyes, Mr. Weston?"
     Mr. Weston: "How should I know? I'm a married man."

Weston was one of the Faculty members who looked after the Normal School's Outdoor Club, which made trips to local scenic spots such as Grouse Mountain, Hollyburn Ridge, and Seymour Creek. He also sponsored the Normal School's Sketch Club, both assisting the group and sketching with them. The 1932-33 school annual also a reproduction of one of his pen and ink Christmas cards of Grouse Mountain on the page for the Sketch Club.

The Spring 1936 edition of The Smock Pocket, the Vancouver School of Art Graduates' Association newsletter, noted that Weston was one of three jurors for the association's Fourth Annual Exhibition.

In 1938 he exhibited a painting in the 55th Annual Spring Exhibition of the Art Association of Montreal. His address was given as 1045 West 15th Ave., Vancouver in the exhibition catalogue. In 1939 he exhibited at the New York World's Fair. He also exhibited at the Tate Gallery, London England, and the Toronto Art Gallery.


UBC Evening Classes 1944-45


A BC Artist Series postcard

He was on a list titled "Leading Vancouver Artists," provided to the Labour Arts Guild on April 10, 1946 by the Vancouver Art Gallery to assist in the Guild's call for entries to the second annual B.C. At Work exhibition.

He exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in their 39th Annual Exhibition in 1949.

He submitted four linocuts to the 1949 B.C. Graphic exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, two of them were selected for the exhibition.


"Star Class Race English Bay 1926"
Greeting card from Weston pen & ink drawing

For many years Weston created Christmas cards from his paintings, re-rendering his large paintings into small black and white prints. Some he did while laid up in bed with health problems. The cards were printed in small numbers, with an inscription printed inside expressing seasonal greetings for that year. These would then be signed by Weston and his wife and mailed to family and friends. They have become quite collectable, and often sell for $200 to $400 at auction. The cards were produced by silk-screening, and Weston kept the screens. The screens were inherited by his daughter, who has re-printed some of the cards from them for her own Christmas greetings. She has, however, used a different type of paper than that on the original prints by Weston, and there is no printed greeting inside the later cards.


CarsCRAFT greeting card from Weston pen & ink drawing

Weston had numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1946 and 1949, and at the Victoria Arts Centre in 1949. Weston died December 20, 1967, age 88. His distinctive work continues to be enjoyed by collectors, and sells for ever increasing prices.

Refer also to website created for Weston's work:
   www.wpweston.com

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1934 Sept. 21 - 30 Paintings and Drawings Vancouver Art Gallery
1938 July 12 - 27 Six Local Artists Vancouver Art Gallery
1941 April 8 - 20 Solo Exhibition Vancouver Art Gallery
1945 May 1 - 17 Solo Show - 31 pictures Vancouver Art Gallery
1946 Nov. 12 - Dec. 1 Exhibition Vancouver Art Gallery

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1909 Oct - Nov Vancouver Studio Club   Autumn Exhibition Wimbledon Commons
1909 November BCSFA    Second Exhibition A Village Church
Perranporth, Cornwall
Portrait of Mr. W. Weston
Head of Lake Windermere
1910 May BCSFA   Third Exhibition Eastbourne from Beachy Head
Sunset Effects
On the Cornish Coast
Fairy Folk
1912 Nov. 25 - 30 BCSFA   Annual Exhibition Morning
Babbacombe Cove
Sunset
Granville Market
Toronto Exhibition Grounds
Coniston
1915 April BCSFA   Works by Members Cornish Cliffs
Twilight, Toronto Exhibition Grounds
A Squally Day
Portrait of my Father
Horseshoe Bay
Moonrise
A Sunny Day
Nanaimo - The Mill
Eastbourne from Beachy Head
1917 Sept. 14 - 22 BCSFA   Eleventh Exhibition Summer Calm
At Anchor
The Burner
On The Wharf, Gibson's Landing
Winter
November
1920 September 18 - 25 BCSFA   Annual Exhibition From Mount Tolmie
Moonrise, Cadboro Bay
The Cliff
The Beach
Launch, Coughlan's
Fresh Breeze Off Gordon Head
1921 Sept. 19 - 24 BCSFA   13th Annual Evening, Oak Bay
Dead Calm in the Gulf
Birch Trees
Sunset
Soames' Point
Summer Afternoon
Sunset Glow, Cadboro Bay
A Frosty Morning, Sunrise
1922 Sept. 16 - 23 BCSFA   14th Annual From the Hill Top, Victoria
Soames Point
Through the Trees, Grantham's Landing
Morning Mist
Sunset Through Smoke
A Summer Night
1923 May 12 - 19 BCSFA   15th Annual The Close of Day
Winter
Becalmed
'Round the Mark, Dinghy Race
Sunset, Little Mountain
1924 May 3 - 17 BCSFA   16th Annual Summer Morning, Grantham's
A Camp, Grantham's
Dingman's Cove, Gabriola
Gibson's Landing
Doris
1924 Aug. 9 - 16 Vancouver Exhibition   Annual Exhibition Summer, Howe Sound
1925 May 9 - 16 BCSFA   17th Annual Soames Beach, Howe Sound
A Windy Day, Sea Island
A Sketch, Winter
The Passing Squall
The Cloud
Sunset, Deep Cove
The Waterfront, Victoria
Sunshine and Snow, Kamloops
Autumn, Marine Drive
1926 May 8 - 15 BCSFA   18th Annual Trolling
Sun Rising Through Fog
Fog, Frost and Sunshine
Yacht Race, English Bay
1927 June 10 - 25 BCSFA   19th Annual The Lions
From Mt. Douglas
Yacht Race, English Bay
Shadows
Winter
Landscape
The Avenue, Normal School
The Court Yard, Normal School
1928 Feb 18 - Mar 18 Palette and Chisel Club   Exhibition Shadows
1929 May 18 - June 8 BCSFA   21st Annual Grouse Mountain - Winter
The Sentinel
In Howe Sound
Mt. Brunswick
Fallen Giant
The Western Lion, Sunset
Soames Ranch
Hollyburn Ridge
Twin Peaks
The Western Lion (Afternoon)
1929 Nov. 16 - 30 BCSFA   Winter Exhibition Road to Swartz
Evening, Howe Sound
Garrow Bay
Solitude
Pines
Mt. Baker
Mountains, Copper Cove
Rocks, Whytecliffe
1930 May 31 - June 14 BCSFA   Spring Exhibition Totems
The Lions
Grouse Mountain
Crown Mountain
Scrub Pines, Howe Sound
Cheam, Chilliwack
Snow Shadows
1930 Aug. 6 - 16 VanExh   Oil Paintings & Water-colours Cheam
Oaks
1932 May - July VAG   All Canadian Exhibition Scrub Pines, West Coast
Peaks of Silence
Study
Study
1932 Oct. 5 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Finis
Summer Evening
Pines
Snow Shadows
1933 June 3 - 11 VAG   BCSFA 23rd Annual Survival
Cheam
Forest Sentinel
1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Jotunheim
Winter Solitude
Devil's Club
Peaks
1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 4th Annual Beached
1936 June 26 - July 12 BCSFA   26th Annual Battle Scarred
Mount Shukshan
Whytecliffe
The Summit
The Far Place
1937 April 16 - May 1 BCSFA   27th Annual Shadows
Gleneagles
Windswept
The Gravel Pit
Pen Drawing
1938 Mar. 17 - Apr. 10 AAM   55th Spring Exhibition Gleneagles
1938 April 29 - May 15 BCSFA   28th Annual Winter Phantasy
Life Force
Erosion
Flood Tide
Church Mountain
1939 June 9 - 25 BCSFA   29th Annual Hill-top
Old Age
Mt. Klitsa
Tide Flats
Tree Study
1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8 VAG   B.C. Artists 8th Annual Mt. Klitsa
Tree Study
Mt. Douglas
1940 May 17 - June 2 BCSFA   30th Annual Mt. Baker
Anvil Island
Shadows
Horse-Shoe Bay
Church Mountains
Garrow Bay
1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 9th Annual Horseshoe Bay
Eagle Harbour
1941 May 10 - June 1 BCSFA   31st Annual Coast Scene
Snow Rhythm
Dead Pine
Tommy's Shack, Yale
Hope, B.C.
1942 May 15 - 31 BCSFA   32nd Annual Spring
November Mists
The White Church, Vancouver Island
Swamp
Yale, B.C.
1942 July 7 - Sept. 2 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer Spring
Horseshoe Bay
1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18 VAG   B.C. Artists 11th Annual Evening
1942 Nov. 3 - 15 FCA   Red Cross Benefit (no information available)
1943 May 15 - June 6 BCSFA   33rd Annual Abandoned Gravel Pit
Arbutus
Devil's Club
Beach Study
1943 July 2 - Aug. 25 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer Devil's Club
Arbutus
1944 May 13 - June 4 BCSFA   34th Annual Winter Garden
The Close of Day
Cradle of Clouds
Foxglove
1944 July 4 - Aug. 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Summer The White Church, V.I.
Foxgloves
1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 VAG   B.C. Artists 13th Annual Golden Ears
1945 May 18 - June 10 BCSFA   35th Annual Glacier Mountain (1) Thunder Weather
Glacier Mountain (2) Slocan Lake
1945 July 3 - Aug. 26 VAG   B.C. Artists 4th Annual Summer Golden Ears
1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21 VAG   B.C. Artists 14th Annual Mt. Denver
1946 May 31 - June 23 BCSFA   36th Annual Swamp Lanterns
Afternoon, Slocan Lake
Mt. Denver, 5 a.m.
1946 July 2 - 28 VAG   Jubilee Exhibition Yale, B.C.
1947 May 9 - June 1 BCSFA   37th Annual Castor-Oil Plant
Red Mountain, New Denver, B.C.
1947 July 8 - 27 VAG   B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition Castor Oil Plant
Gleneagles
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual Unnamed Peak
1948 May 18 -June 6 BCSFA   38th Annual Trail
Arbutus
Mt. Roderick
1949 May 3 - 22 BCSFA   39th Annual Anvil Island
Defiance
Mt. Peak, Coast Range
Kew Beach
Yale
1949 Nov. 22 - Dec. 11 VAG   First B.C. Graphic Old Tree, Mt. Baker
Cheam
Fisherman's Bay (rejected)
Mountain Forms (rejected)
1950 April 25 - May 14 BCSA   40th Annual Cornish Coast 1910
Cedar Stump


References - BIBLIOGRAPHY

Refer to BIBLIO.

References - GROUP EXHIBITIONS

SOUVENIR CATALOGUE OF EXHIBITIONS OPENING
THE NEW VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
(refer to VAG51)

100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)

CONTEMPORARIES OF EMILY CARR IN BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to SFU74)

VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)

BEYOND THE CANVAS - Artists, Stories and the Sea
      by Jennifer Breckon and James P. Delgado
      Featuring the Mary and Bill Everett Family Collection
      2000, ISBN 0-9695221-4-2; exhibition at the Vancouver Martime Museum; illust. in colour
      Includes Foreword by Patricia E. Bovey, Introduction by James P. Delgado; list of works
      Exhibition included work by Weston

DAILY GRIND EXHIBITIONS (refer to DG04)

A MODERN LIFE: Art and Design in British Columbia 1945-1960 (refer to VAG04)

RICHMOND ART GALLERY 25:25 - 1980-2005 (refer to RAG05)

SHORE, FOREST AND BEYOND - ART FROM THE AUDAIN COLLECTION (refer to VAG11)

COTTAGES TO COMMUNITIES (refer to WVHS11)

References - GENERAL

THE ANNUAL - PROVINCIAL NORMAL SCHOOL 1922 - 1923
      Published by the Provincial Normal School, Vancouver B.C.
      100 pages; illustrated with black and white drawings and photographs
      Includes notes and jokes about W.P. Weston.

MANUAL OF DRAWING AND DESIGN FOR ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOLS
      by W.P. Weston, Charles H. Scott, S.P. Judge
      1925, Authorized by the Dept. of Education of B.C.; Nelson & Sons, Toronto
      Text and illustrations by Judge, Scott, and Weston; edited by Charles H. Scott

THE ANNUAL - PROVINCIAL NORMAL SCHOOL 1932 - 1933
      Published by the Provincial Normal School, Vancouver B.C.
      80 pages; illustrated with black and white drawings and photographs
      Includes article on Normal School Sketch Club, and notes and one illustration by Normal School Art Master Weston page 58.

WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)

THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)

CREATIVE CANADA - VOLUME TWO, by University of Toronto Press
      1972; ISBN 0-8020-3285-0
      "A biographical dictionary of twentieth-century creative and performing artists."
      2/3 column of information about Weston.

ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - LIST OF EXHIBITORS

ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979
(refer to RCA81)

KATHARINE EMMA MALTWOOD - ARTIST (refer to UVIC81)

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -
SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970
(refer to MM88)

ART BC, MASTERWORKS FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA by Ian M. Thom
      2000, Douglas & McIntyre Ltd., ISBN 1-55054-808-5
      232 pages illustrated in colour and b&w
      Includes historical essays, biographical notes, index.

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      12 references cited for Weston

THE FECKLESS COLLECTION (refer to FECK18)

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)

Clippings

"It is refreshing for a Surrey man - as I am - to come across breezy "Wimbledon Common," by W.P. Weston, but though such pictures are welcome I would rather see the artist's brush employed on the vanishing charms of B.C. Wimbledon Commons, thank Heaven! is safe for all time, but where is the square yard of the country round Vancouver which is not already "staked" and "on the market". Hurry up ye members of the Vancouver club or all the "paintable" bits round the suburbs will be gone."
      From "The Studio Club Autumn Exhibition", by Felix Penne,
      B.C. Saturday Sunset, October 30 1909

"W.P. Weston is a new - and a welcome artist in Vancouver. "The North Arm - Summer Evening" (51), is good."
      "Vancouver Studio Club", by Felix Penne
      B.C. Saturday Sunset, November 6 1909

"W.P. Weston is another member of the organization, who is engaged in teaching. He is an artist of considerable capacity, and in some of his seascapes displays a power and vision which have made his contributions in this line of art to local exhibitions very acceptable."
      From "Art in British Columbia", by Bernard McEvoy
      Opportunities Magazine, 1910

"Mr. W.P. Weston's "Full Moon," though not a large picture is exceedingly attractive by reason of the exquisite modulation of light and color, and the highly decorative way in which a sketchily painted sapling spreads its branches over the main part of the picture. There is a reticence and tasteful handling in this picture that make it a very desirable work of art."
      From "With The B.C. Artists", by "A Visitor"
      Vancouver Daily Province, September 27, 1916

"Mr. W.P. Weston of Vancouver, a competent exponent of art, and a painter of much imaginative power, shows at his best in his fine breezy picture entitled "November". Simple in composition and powerful in treatment, this work bears the mark of artistic inspiration. It took the fancy of the editor of the "Studio" when it was first exhibited, and a reproduction of it appeared in the pages of that emininent London periodical of contemporary art."
      From "Local Work is on View" by Bernard McEvoy
      Vancouver Daily Province, October 2 1919

""Sunset" by W.P. Weston is the most daring and wonderful sunset I have seen pictured; it is a study in contrast and seems to hint of battle, the noble kind of battle that is lost before it is fought. This sunset seems to beat itself uselessly on the heads of two dull, sullen mountains; it hurls its battalions of color helplessly against their mass and indifference. It is a wonderful picture badly framed."
      From "Pictures at B.C. Fine Arts", by J. Butterfield
      Vancouver Daily Province, September 19 1921, page 12

"Proceeding further on the modernist line, Mr. W.P. Weston's "Booming Ground, Gambier Island" No. 18, must be intended as a joke. Such florid color, such blues, greens and yellows were never seen on land or sea. Mr. Weston is certainly "joshing" his fellow members who became so deeply infected with the latest development of painting. In No. 15, Mr. Weston is perhaps more intelligible, and the remarkable tree in the yellow field, was evidently perceived through a pair of agitated and circumlocutory glasses. The twiddling twigs are very amusing. Mr. Weston further exemplifies his conversion or retraction in No. 29."
      From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts" by Bernard McEvoy
      Vancouver Daily Province, April 28 1928

"Decidedly the most striking picture from a masculine brush is the large landscape with a wind-tormented tree in the middle and an expanse of snow realistically painted with the afterglow of sunset upon it. It is impressionistic with a sane impressionism and gentle and simple looked at with understanding and delight. This is Charles Scott's. (Editor's note: the painting is actually by W.P. Weston, as corrected in a subsequent notice in the paper.)"
     (continues)
"Mr. W.P. Weston, always a standby of the society since he came here with fine credentials from London - an academic painter by education who experiments occasionally with modernism by way of recreation - is seen in six canvases which should be studied with the desire to get the artist's point of view, as he is not the man to do things without reason."
      From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts", by Diogenes
      Vancouver Daily Province, November 13 1930

"One-Man Display By W.P. Weston at Art Gallery Attractive" by (unknown)
      Vancouver Daily Province, September 25 1934

"Art Textbook Author Shows His Paintings" by T.H.W.
      News-Herald, September 25 1934

"W.P. Weston, A.R.C.A., not only shows examples of his strong characteristic B.C. landscapes but adds surprising achievement in entirely different compositions of skunk cabbages."
      From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942

"The new executive committee is composed of ... W.P. Weston ..."
      From "B.C. Artists' Display To Calgary For Exhibition," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, May-June 1942

" ... Among those contibuting paintings and drawings are: ... W.P. Weston, ARCA ... "
      From "Noted Artists Offer Paintings For Red Cross"
      Vancouver Daily Province (presumed), November 1942

"Paintings by well known artists include ... W.P. Weston ... (continues)
      From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943

"W.P. Weston has a fine study of the outdoors ... "
      From "Notable Exhibits of Artists' Work" by Mildred Valley Thornton
      Vancouver Sun (presumed), May 1944

"Weston Display Major Event In Province's Art History"
      From "In the Realm of Art", by "Palette"
      Vancouver Daily Province, November 13, 1946

""Never part with a painting until you've lived with it least (sic) a year." Such was the sage advice given to the West Van Sketch Club by W.P. Weston, A.R.C.A., at last week's meeting."
      From "Painter's Colic" by E.L.
      The Lions Gate Times, March 11 1948

"Sir: - Was very amused at Mr. Ed. Costello's witty and kindly column (last month) re W.P. Weston, ARCA. I join with him in the opinion that Mr. Weston's one of the finest painters today in the province with a reputation deservedly dominion-wide. The writer has very vivid memories of his kindly and helpful spirit when he was art Instructor at the Japanese student-teacher's summer school in New Denver in the summers of '44 and '45. (continues)"
      From "LIKES WESTON", by "Allan P. Allsebrook"
      Trail Daily Times, March 1948

"In the more representational school W.P. Weston, ARCA, refusing to rest on past laurels, show five large paintings into all of which he has injected a fresh note. Especially fine in rhythmic movement are his logs on Kew Beach and a majestic view of Anvil Island."
      From "Lively Spirit Pervades B.C. Artists' Exhibition" by Palette. Vancouver Daily Province, May 3 1949

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