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Margaret Adelaide Williams

January 6 1902 - February 26 1981

Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts (Diploma 1929)
P.A.S.O.V.A.S.
Scholarship Chouinard School of Art, Los Angeles
Tauber's Puppet Players
B.C. Society of Fine Arts (Member ?-1936-51-?)
Federation of Canadian Artists (Founding Member 1941)

Margaret A. Williams was born in Fort Qu'Appele, Saskatchewan. She was a member of P.A.S.O.V.A.S., the Pioneer Art Students of Vancouver Art School, an artist's group formed in 1930 from the students who entered the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts in its first year and a half of classes in 1925 and 1926.

Williams started classes at the VSDAA in 1925, while living at 1901 Pendrell Street in Vancouver, and was in the art school's first graduating class in 1929. She later exhibited in the PASOVAS group exhibition at the B.C. Art League gallery in 1930.

Williams was the Editor of the first issue of The Paint Box, Spring 1926, the VSDAA's school annual, which had a number of her articles, such as " 'Neath Southern Skies", a little anecdote about taking classes at the San Diego Academy of Fine Arts, and a short untitled poem:
      We're a Cosmopolitan, Metropolitan, Neopolitan class,
      An Occidental, Oriental, accidental mass,
      And we endeavour, failing never,
      'Cause we're clever, to succeed,
      Art for Art's sake, Art for Pete's sake,
      Art for my sake is our creed.
She also wrote the Class Report for Class A, a long article about Japanese prints, and another short poem titled "In Memory of a Family Party".

Williams was hired as an assistant instructor at the B.C. College of Arts, founded in 1933 by Frederick Varley and Jock Macdonald. In 1933 she was living in West Vancouver.

She joined the B.C. Society of Fine Arts, was listed as a member in exhibition catalogues from at least 1936 to 1951, and exhibited in their annual exhibitions, including 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1950, 1951, and 1960.

Williams was a founding member of the Federation of Canadian Artists in 1941, and founding B.C. Secretary of the group. She donated artwork to an FCA fundraising exhibition for the Canadian Red Cross at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1942.

In 1947 Williams was employed as Assistant to the Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She exhibited work in the annual B.C. Artists exhibitions in 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937. She may have also exhibited work with the Island Arts and Crafts Society in 1925.

Williams died in 1981 at the age of 79. She was single, and living at 1840 Robson Street, her occupation noted as "artist" at the Vancouver School of Art.

Exhibitions

DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1930 Nov. 27 - Dec. 7 PASOVAS   Art Club Exhibition Evening, Fraser River
Bunnies
Garibaldi Booklet
Elephant Candlesticks
1932 Sept. 17 - 30 PASOVAS   Club Exhibition Illumination: Persian Poem
Illumination: Day Dream
Illumination: Day Dream
Illumination: Initial Letter
Marionette Designs: "The Miracle"
Page of Commercial Art
Christmas Card Designs
Cariboo Highway Poster
Puppet Poster
Radio Poster
Decorated Box
1932 Oct. 5 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Illumination on Vellum
1933 May 3 - 18 VAG   VSAGA 1st Annual Exhibition Beaux Arts Poster
Design for a Ladies' Powder Room
Design of Mask
Silk Mask
1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Log Cabin, Interior
1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual The Lone Tree
Rocky Coast
Grey Day, Keats Island
1934 ? - ? VAG   B.C. Artists Edmonton Exhibition Grey Day, Keats Island
1936 Feb. 21 - Mar. 5 PASOVAS Annual Group Show Summer Afternoon, Qu'appelle Valley
1936 June 26 - July 12 BCSFA   26th Annual The Mound, Lynn Valley
Mountains of Lynn
Rocky Coast, Howe Sound
Haven
February Day
Cottage Window
1936 Sept. 18 - Oct. 11 VAG   B.C. Artists 5th Annual Westward
Cloisonne
Clouds in the East
Primroses
1936 Oct. 15 - 20 VAG   B.C. Artists Chilliwack Exhibition Cloisonne
Clouds in the East
1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 6th Annual Low Tide, Roberts Creek
1938 April 29 - May 15 BCSFA   28th Annual Afternoon Rest
Sketch, Dahlias
Sandy Cove
Back of Beyond
Farm Doorway
Clouds Over the Gulf
1940 May 17 - June 2 BCSFA   30th Annual Sketch, Lake of the Woods
1942 May 15 - 31 BCSFA   32nd Annual Desert Sketch
Sketch, Nevada Desert
1942 Nov. 3 - 15 FCA   Red Cross Benefit (no information available)
1943 May 15 - June 6 BCSFA   33rd Annual Crescent Island
1943 July 2 - Aug. 25 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer Crescent Island
1945 May 18 - June 10 BCSFA   35th Annual Nevada Landscape
Nevada Desert
Rattlesnake Hill
1945 July 3 - Aug. 26 VAG   B.C. Artists 4th Annual Summer Nevada Landscape
1946 July 2 - 28 VAG   Jubilee Exhibition Desert Landscape
1950 April 25 - May 14 BCSA   40th Annual Desert Landscape

References

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

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

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; ISBN 0-921823-03-7
      Includes survey essay of women artists in Vancouver.

88 ARTISTS FROM 88 YEARS (refer to ECU17)

B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE (refer to BCVS) death certificate

Clippings

"Margaret Williams and Dorothy Hensman are also represented."
      From "Pasovas Club Has Splendid Annual Show"
      Vancouver Province, November 6, 1934

"Margaret Williams, Maud Shearman (sic), and Lilias Farley are well represented in the show ..."
      From "Pasovas Art Show"
      Vancouver Sun, November 6, 1934

"... Margaret Williams ... are all represented."
      From "PASOVAS EXHIBIT - Pioneer Art Students' Show" by (unknown)
      Daily Province, February 21 1936

"The oils are an interesting group, notably "Summer Afternoon, Qu'appelle Valley," by Margaret Williams ... "
      From "FINE PASOVAS ART EXHIBITION" by (unknown)
      Vancouver Sun (?), February 21 1936

"Margaret Williams, Irene Hoffar Reid, Maud Sherman, and others, attain that effect which contrasting colors afford ..." (continues)
      From "PASOVAS CLUB - Annual Display on View at Art Gallery" by (unknown)
      News-Herald, February 1936

" ... and Margaret Williams shows sketches of the Nevada desert."
      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 ... M. Williams ..."
      From "B.C. Artists' Display To Calgary For Exhibition," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, May-June 1942

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

"Gazing at J.W.G. Macdonald's painting ... are: ... Miss Margaret Williams ... "
      From "For and about WOMEN"
      Vancouver Daily Province, April 22, 1950


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