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Jean Ness Findlay
(Mrs. John A. Findlay)

1901 - ?

Jean Ness Findlay was born in Montreal in 1901. She studied art in Eastern Canada and in the United States before starting teaching. She married John A. Findlay, another school teacher, in 1928 and they moved to Hartley Bay, B.C.

She had solo exhibitions of her coastal paintings at the Vancouver Art Gallery from July 30 - August 11, 1940, and from May 1 to 20, 1945.

Also, per card file at Vancouver Art Gallery Library:
     VAG annual B.C. Artists' exhibitions: 1934, 1940-41, 1944-45, 1947

Exhibition entry forms noted she was living in Hartley Bay in 1940 and then Prince Rupert in 1947. Macdonald notes that no information was available on Findlay after an article in 1945. A letter from Findlay dated October 2 1949, on file at the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, points out the difficulties she was having in maintaining an art career "up the coast":

     Masset, B.C.
     Queen Charlotte Islands,
     Oct. 2nd, 1949.

     Dear Sir:-
     I would like to point out one of the difficulties of sending in entries from coast and island ports served by monthly or bi-monthly mail boats.
     In Masset, for instance, a boat calls every two weeks. Entry forms for the B.C. Artists' Exhibition were delivered to me on Sept. 17th. It would have been possible to have returned them by the deadline, Sept. 24th, but the boat leaving to-day, by which this letter is being sent, will arrive too late for the deadline for the entries themselves. Would it not be possible to have the entries sent out a month or more in advance of the time for paintings to be sent in? I am sorry not to be able to enter this exhibition. To send large paintings by air is prohibitive in cost.
     If you will bring this matter up in Committee I shall be grateful. This is the second successive exhibition that our boats have not been on a schedule which would permit sending entries from here.
         Sincerely,
             (signed Jean Ness Findlay)

The lack of subsequent exhibitions of her work in Vancouver would indicate that the matter was not satisfactorily resolved. In similar correspondence, another coastal artist plaintively noted that the only ship on which they could have sent their work to an exhibition was the same boat that delivered the invitation to the show. By the time they received their mail the ship was gone.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1940 July 30 - Aug. 11 Indian Paintings VAG
1945 May 1 - 20 Exhibition of Paintings VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Moorings
Horseshoe Bay
1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 9th Annual Indian Sermon
1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19 VAG   B.C. Artists 10th Annual Bridge at Kulkayu
A Kitlope Child
1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 VAG   B.C. Artists 13th Annual Indian Netmaker
Tsimshean Oracle
1944 Nov. 21 - Dec. 10 Labour Arts Guild   1st B.C. At Work Unloading at Midnight
1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21 VAG   B.C. Artists 14th Annual Flowers in a Window
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual Where the Bulkley Meets the Skeena

References

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

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

MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -
SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970
(refer to MM88)

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      2 references cited for Findlay.

Clippings

"Indian Paintings to be Shown Here", by (unknown)
      Daily Province, July 24 1940

"Indian Life and Murals Displayed", by (unknown)
      News-Herald, July 31 1940

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