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Willis had a solo exhibition of her work at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1937. The same exhibition was held at the Normal School in Edmonton, Alberta, from September 25 to October 25, 1936.
She exhibited her work in the B.C. At Work exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1945, and also in the B.C. Artists annual exhibitions in 1945 and 1947.
She 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.
In 1946 Willis was in a three-person exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery with Harley Parker and Cliff Robinson. There were 46 works in the exhibition, but there is no exhibition list on record at the Gallery.
She exhibited her artwork with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts from 1946 to 1948.
Willis was living in Victoria in 1977, where she died in 1985 at the age of 85, according to B.C. Vital Statistics On-line database.
|1937 April 13 - 25||Solo exhibition||VAG|
|1945 July 24 - August 5||H. Parker, C. Robinson, D. Willis (46 pictures)||VAG|
|1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21||VAG B.C. Artists 14th Annual||Sunflowers|
|Miners Leaving Cage|
|1945 Nov. 13 - Dec. 2||Labour Arts Guild B.C. At Work||The Welder|
|On Hastings East at Night|
|1946 May 31 - June 23||BCSFA 36th Annual||Deserted School Yard|
|1946 July 2 - 28||VAG Jubilee Exhibition||Driftwood|
|1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13||VAG B.C. Artists 15th Annual||The Young Prophet|
|1947 May 9 - June 1||BCSFA 37th Annual||The Cameo|
|1947 July 8 - 27||VAG B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition||The Cameo|
|1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12||VAG B.C. Artists 16th Annual||Prosperity, Sechelt, B.C.|
|1948 May 18 -June 6||BCSFA 38th Annual||Canadian Gothic, 1943|
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2 references cited for Willis.
ARTISTS IN CANADA - lists files at UBC Fine Arts Library, VAG Library, 5 others
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"On the walls will be exhibited paintings and photographs by local artists.
The display will include works by Cliff Robinson,
Dorothy H. Willis, and A. George
Bulhak, chairman of executive committee."
From "In the Realm of Art", by "Palette"
Vancouver Daily Province, November 13, 1946
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