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An article dated June 23, 1911 in The Western Call, a Vancouver newspaper, provides the best biographical information on Frechette. She took early art training in Ottawa under Franklyn Brownell, then in Montreal under William Brymner. Several years experience in New York was followed by schooling in Paris, where she was elected to the Union Internationale des Beaux Arts et des Lettres. In Paris she studied under Lucien Simon, Rene Menard, and Madame Leforges, the "famous woman artist." Prior to 1911 some of her portrait paintings were hung "conspicuously" in the dining room of the Chateau Frontenac hotel, Quebec City.
She exhibited in the September 1922 Annual Exhibition of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts, held at the Vancouver School Board offices on Hamilton Street, and again in the May 1923 exhibition. She was listed as a member of the society for only two years. Painting titles indicate that she had traveled in Europe, including Belgium and Switzerland.
Frechette died in San Diego, California, in 1964.
|1922 Sept. 16 - 23||BCSFA 14th Annual Exhibition||Interior|
|The Old Fisherman|
|Mrs. F.L. Shaw|
|Case of Miniatures on ivory, containing:
Portrait of the late W. Dean Howells
|1923 May 12 - 19||BCSFA 15th Annual Exhibition||Portrait Study in Greys|
EARLY PAINTERS AND ENGRAVERS IN CANADA
(refer to H70)
Includes short reference to Frechette.
ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979 (refer to RCA81)
MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -
SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970 (refer to MM88)
4 paintings listed in 1 exhibition for Frechette.
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
9 references cited for Frechette.
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