|BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS|
In 25 years of research I had not found any references to this exhibition, until in Spring 2020 I saw a label on the back of a painting by Gertrude Lawson. The painting was in the collection of the West Vancouver Archives. I found an article by the Vancouver Historical Society about the opening of the David Spencer 1936 time capsule in 1986. There was a list of the contents of the time capsule, which included a 2-page report on the exhibition. The Vancouver City Archives kindly looked up the information and sent me a scan. (CVA file AM1495_945-D-01-fld 03.pdf, from "Women's Division Vancouver Golden Jubilee Committee" fond). The report provided some details about the exhibition, and also noted that a large amount of news reporting had been done about the show.
A friend found a couple of news articles online and sent them to me. One was a review of artwork in the show, the other was a lengthy review of who attended the opening and a description of the clothes they were wearing. To date, no catalogue of the entire exhibition has been located. In the meantime, I thought it useful to compile the known information into a single file for reference.
Spencer's had a public vote for best artwork, and three prizes ("beautiful books on Art") were awarded to the winners (see below). 15,000 people viewed the exhibition, which was held in a "specially constructed gallery" on the third floor of the David Spencer Ltd. Department store on Hastings Street.
|ARTIST||TITLE / DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK|
|Alexander, R.S.||"A striking portrait study of a young, fair-haired man in a blue shirt ..."|
|Bainbridge, Unity||"... two particularly fine portraits in oil, one of which a study of a sailor, caused much comment among those who have had a preview of the exhibition."|
|Boyd, Katherine A.||"... a painting in oil of horses on the waterfront."|
|Bunyard, R.G.||"... a pair of coloured prints ..."|
|Fowler, Major C.B.||(artwork)|
|Griffith, Julius (Jr.)||(artwork)|
|Hamilton, Mary Riter||"... a portrait in pastels."|
|Harris, I.||"... two strong pencil portraits."|
|Hayes, Mrs. J.J.||Forest Fire; prize winner|
|Hoole, Kate Smith||(artwork)|
|Lawson, Gertrude||Morning on Mt. Edith Cavell|
|Ramsay, Cameron||De Trafford Young; prize winner|
|Rolleston, W.||"... a pair of original and amusing fish pictures."|
|Schooley, Mrs. Frederick T.||"... a group of three still life pictures."|
|Taylor, Turner||"two paintings in oil":
"... Vancouver's first mayor, Malcolm A. MacLean."
"... a full length portrait in his red robes of office of His Grace Archbishop A.U. dePencier."
|Thornton, Mildred Valley||"... a lovely landscape in oils of Lost Lagoon with English Bay and Point Grey beyond."|
|von Ustinov, Plato||(artwork)|
|Wallis, W.H.||Burgos Cathedral; prize winner|