Art, Historical and Scientific Association of Vancouver

First Exhibition of Art

Opened November 1, 1894

An catalogue for this early exhibition has not yet been located by the Editor, but the following information was provided in an article titled "The First Art Organization in Vancouver" in the September 1928 issue of Museum Notes:

      "In the October 10th, 1894, number of the same publication the thing has become an assured fact: "The rooms of the Art, Historical and Scientific Association were crowded last night upon the occasion of a very successful concert . . . . In two weeks the Lieut.-Governor will open the Art Exhibition." A copy of the programme on this occasion shows that the affair was prepared with some care, with evening programmes to add to the interest.
      The local work is emphasized in the reports, the work of Lee Rogers and Will Ferris being specially praised. There is also mentioned an unusually fine collection of old China, Indian and other curious bronzes, with Japanese and Chinese work from various citizens.
      In Lord Aberdeen's speech, on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition and the presentation of an address, may be found some remarks which still apply to the City-By-The-Silvery-Sea: "I will not refer in detail to any of the subjects alluded to in this address, except to say that, as suggested in the address, the beauty of these regions renders it specially incumbent upon all to do their best to promote a love of nature and a true admiration of the cultivation of Art in its fullest sense. Of course the cultivation of Art is associated with the prevalence of peace. A place dedicated to the promotion of Art is a temple of Peace . . . ."
      From the financial side the exhibition was not a success, in spite of the efforts of the committee to supply additional attractions in the way of concerts."