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Olea Marion Montgomery Davis
(married Major Henry R.L. Davis, M.D.)

May 20 1899 - April 6 1977

Federation of Canadian Artists (Founding Member 1941)
Northwest Institute of Sculptors (1961)

Mrs. H.R.L. Davis was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1899. She became a sculptor, and studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Montreal, the Ontario College of Arts, the Vancouver School of Art, and the Extension Department of the University of British Columbia.

She moved to Vancouver around 1939. She won an award for her work in the 1937 B.C. Artists annual exhibition, and showed her work in the annuals from 1935 to 1949. She did plaster models for frieze and grill work for the Hotel Vancouver and for Piers B and C.

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 1958 Davis co-authored a study on B.C. clays with Hilda Ross (q.v.), the research was done for the Potter's Guild of B.C.

She died in 1977 at the age of 77, according to B.C. Vital Statistics, but the location is not given.

Exhibitions

DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 4th Annual Arrival of Civilized Man
1936 Sept. 18 - Oct. 11 VAG   B.C. Artists 5th Annual Sea Play
1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 6th Annual Modern Problem, Host and Parasite
1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8 VAG   B.C. Artists 8th Annual Fate
Pope Pius XI
1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 9th Annual Their Majesties the King and Queen
1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19 VAG   B.C. Artists 10th Annual Chaing-Kai Shek
1942 July 7 - Sept. 2 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer Soldier
1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18 VAG   B.C. Artists 11th Annual Airman
1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 VAG   B.C. Artists 13th Annual Rene Godfrey
1946 July 2 - 28 VAG   Jubilee Exhibition Lieut. (Engr.) William H. Arnold, R.N.
1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 17th Annual Cougar Bowl
Swamp Lantern
1949 Oct. 8 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 18th Annual Direct Carving No. 4

References

WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)

WHO'S WHO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1944-45-46
      A Record of British Columbia Men and Women of Today
      S. Maurice Carter Editor & Publisher
      Copyright 1945, printed by Atlas Printers, Vancouver B.C.
      312 pages, hardcover; index of names (14 pages), biographies (290 pages)
      list of abbreviations (2 pages), advertising including the only portrait in the book
      Includes reference to Olea Marion Davis

SOUVENIR CATALOGUE OF EXHIBITIONS
OPENING THE NEW VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
(refer to VAG51)

BC SCULPTURE 60 (refer to UBC60)

CANADIAN CERAMICS 1961 (refer to CGP61)

SPRING EXHIBITION - FCA - BC REGION (refer to FCA64)

CANADIAN FINE CRAFTS 1966:67 (refer to NGC66)

RETROSPECT - CERAMICS 80 (refer to PGBC80)

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

BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)

VANCOUVER CENTENNIAL BIBLIOGRAPHY Vol. 1 Item 4696
      REPORT ON B.C. CLAYS by Olea Davis and Hilda Ross, 1958

A CENTURY OF SCULPTURE (refer to SSBC98)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      1 reference cited for Davis: WWNA above.

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

Clippings

"The sculptors include ... Olea Davis ... (continues)
      From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943


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