BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS  

Edith Catherine Carter

September 1 1912 - June 30 1991

Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts (Diploma 1932)
Winnipeg School of Art (Associate Director 1940-50)
B.C. Society of Artists (Associate Member 1953-64)


Edith Carter was born in Vancouver in 1912, according to her death certificate. A birth certificate has not been found yet. Her father Joseph Carter was an operator for the G.N.W. Telegraph Company, who retired in 1932 as Supervisor of C.N. Telegraphs. The family lived at 2266 East 6th Avenue in 1914, and by 1930 had moved to the end of the block at 2296 East 6th where they lived for many years.

Edith's older sister Margaret Hilda Carter was also an artist, and they graduated together from the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts, receiving their diplomas in the school's fourth graduating class in 1932.

She exhibited work at the Vancouver Art Gallery in some of the B.C. Artists exhibitions from 1933 to 1950. The paintings titled Margaret and Isobel are probably portraits of her sisters.

In the early 1940s Carter was hired as an Instructor at the Winnipeg School of Art, a position she held until after the war. At that point, the School's Board of Directors replaced all of the female teachers with male teachers, who were returning from active service. Carter returned to Vancouver.

In 1951 the Vancouver City directory listed her and her sister Margaret as both living at 2296 East 6th Avenue. Edith also had a studio in the Wilson Block at 441 Seymour Street in 1951. In 1954 and 1955 she was listed as a city school teacher, at the same residence.

She showed worked with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in 1957, 1958, 1960, and 1962.

In 1977 Clark was living at 201 - 950 Gilford Street in Vancouver.

Artist and educator Kristin Krimmel (q.v.) knew Carter personally, and said that Carter had been a teacher at Point Grey High School. She further advised that during the Second World War, Carter was assistant director to the Winnipeg School of Art (succeeded by Joe Plaskett), and then taught art in the Vancouver School Board system. Carter had a studio in the Dominion Building on Hastings Street, with a view across Victory Square to the Sun Building.

Carter died in Vancouver in 1991. She had been living at 1816 Haro Street in the West End of Vancouver.


Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1933 May 3 - 18 VAG   VSAGA 1st Annual Exhibition Sylvia
Mantel Decoration
Mountain Farms
Worship (Lino Cut)
1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Portrait of a Lady
Waterfront
Barry
Isobel
1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Isobel
Margaret
1934 ? - ? VAG   B.C. Artists Edmonton Exhibition Margaret
1934 Dec. 4 - 16 VAG   B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition Begonia at Window
1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 6th Annual Portrait
Portrait
1937 Nov. 2 - 14 VAG   VSAGA Group Exhibition (carved yellow cedar plate)
1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17 VAG   B.C. Artists 19th Annual Prairie

References

VANCOUVER FOLK SONG & DANCE FESTIVAL (refer to VFSD37)

VISUAL ARTS BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to VABC77)

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

VANCOUVER SCHOOL OF ART - LIST OF GRADUATES & STUDENTS (refer to VSA)

Vancouver City Directories online - 1911 to 1955, especially 1951

THE LATER YEARS: Women Instructors at the Winnipeg School of Art in the 1940s
      By Marilyn Baker, Art History Area, School of Art, University of Manitoba 2006
      Atlantis 30.2, 2006 PR www.msvu.ca/atlantis
      Extensive references to Edith Carter at the WSA. Courtesy Kristin Krimmel (q.v.)

Email correspondence and telephone conversation with Kristin Krimmel Feb. 4, 20, 21 2021.

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

Clippings

"Edith Carter, Eleanor Conbay (sic) (with a lamp) and Mary Gordon have attractive offerings. Miss Carter has a delightful carved yellow cedar plate."
      From "ART GRADUATES HAVE EXCELLENT EXHIBITION"
      News-Herald November 3 1937


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