BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS  

Frances Virginia Gatewood

March 4 1903 - May 18 1991

Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts (Diploma 1929)
Pioneer Art Students of Vancouver Art School
Vancouver School of Art Graduates' Association (President 1936)

Frances Gatewood was born in Vancouver in 1903. She was a member of P.A.S.O.V.A.S., the Pioneer Art Students of Vancouver Art School, an artist's group formed in 1930 from the students who entered the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts in its first year and a half of classes in 1925 and 1926.

Gatewood started classes at the VSDAA in 1925, and was in the first graduating class in 1929, later exhibiting in the PASOVAS group exhibitions in 1930, 1932, and 1934.

The Spring 1936 edition of The Smock Pocket, the Vancouver School of Art Graduates' Association newsletter of which Gatewood was one of the editors, noted that Gatewood was also the President of the Graduates' Association, and that she had studied ceramics in California for the previous two summers. She was sharing a studio with Dorothy Burnett at the Craft Centre Studio at 575 Dunsmuir Street. In 1937 she returned to study in California again.

Gatewood was living in West Vancouver when she died in 1991 at the age of 88. She was single, her occupation noted as "Teacher - Education."


Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1930 Nov. 27 - Dec. 7 PASOVAS   Art Club Exhibition Violet Lamp Base and Shade complete
Orange-Red Lamp Base and Shade complete
Coral Lamp Base and Shade complete
Dark Red Lamp Base
Red Lamp Base
Green Lamp Base
Green Lamp Base
Indian Pottery - at various prices
Small Green Bowl
Small Vases
Red and Black Bowl
1932 Sept. 17 - 30 PASOVAS   Club Exhibition Smoke Coral Lamp and Shade
Smoke Coral Lamp and Shade
Bulb Bowl
Dahlia Purple Lamp and Shade
Mauve and Yellow Lamp and Shade
Yellow Base
Royal Blue Vase
Midnight Blue Vase
Periwinkle Blue Vase
Blue Two-Handled Jar
Biscuit Vase
Carved Biscuit Jardiniere
Coral Carved Piece
1933 May 3 - 18 VAG   VSAGA 1st Annual Exhibition Leatherwork
Lamp Base and Flower Bowl
Vases and Bowl
1936 May 8 - 22 VAG   VSAGA Group Exhibition (tiles)
(pottery)
(leatherwork)
1937 Nov. 2 - 14 VAG   VSAGA Group Exhibition (turquoise bowls)
(turquoise coffee brewers)

References

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

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

Clippings

"... Frances Gatewood, with tiles, pottery and leather work ... "
      From "Pasovas Club Has Splendid Annual Show"
      Vancouver Province, November 6, 1934

"In the handicraft section this year Frances Gatewood has the field almost to herself. She is showing pottery and leather work, and has included two original sample tiles."
      From "Pasovas Art Show"
      Vancouver Sun, November 6, 1934

"Frances Gatewood is responsible for the lovely pieces of pottery in many varieties of form and color that are to be seen there."
      From "GRADUATES IN ART" by Cintra
      (unknown newspaper), April 25, 1936

"Frances Gatewood has been a frequent contributor to these shows in pottery. Miss Gatewood has been studying advanced ceramics in California again this year. She brings back turquoise designs in bowls and coffee brewers which would charm the heart of any housewife."
      From "ART GRADUATES HAVE EXCELLENT EXHIBITION"
      News-Herald November 3 1937


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