West Vancouver Sketch Club

1947 - current
List of Members

The West Vancouver Fine Arts Class was founded c1930, per a notebook for recording their exhibitions that is in the collection of the West Vancouver Archives. In April 1947 the West Vancouver Community Art Club held an exhibition of art, consisting only of artwork done by North and West Shore artists. This exhibition appears to have been considered the first exhibition of the West Vancouver Sketch Club.

The West Vancouver Sketch Club was founded in 1947, and became a popular and long-lived amateur artist organization. The attached list of members was compiled in 1977, and shows the extent of membership over the years. The club also founded an additional group c1948 known as "Group Two" that was comprised of a second round of members who joined the group after its formation.

The group gave regular exhibitions in West Vancouver, and published a small number of exhibition catalogues. Their first exhibition in 1947 was juried by Lionel Thomas, Gordon Appelbe Smith and Illingworth Kerr. Opening remarks included a speech by Ira Dilworth. The group also had an exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Professional artists were asked to lecture to the group over the years, including W.P. Weston and Gerald Tyler. In 1948 they sponsored Gordon Smith to give art classes at the local high school.

Frederick Oxenham is noted as a member in the 1948 newspaper clipping referenced below, but is not on the list of members.

1947 Aril 12 - 13 Exhibit of Fine Arts (West Vancouver)
1948 June 1 - 13 Group Show VAG
1949 Sept. 13 - Oct. 2 Group Show VAG


"Painter's Colic" by E.L.
     The Lions Gate Times, March 11, 1948