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Bess Larkin Harris
(Mrs. Frederick Broughton Housser)(Mrs. Lawren Stewart Harris)

November 18 1890 - September 28 1969

B.C. Society of Fine Arts (Member)

Bess Harris was born in Brandon, Manitoba, and took some art training from Fred Varley of the Group of Seven, and was invited to exhibit her work in their shows.

In 1914 she married F.B. Housser, who later wrote A Canadian Art Movement. She exhibited her work at Wembley in 1926, and then in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, as well as various cities across Canada. Her work was reproduced in the 1929 Yearbook of the Arts in Canada.

She married Lawren Harris of the Group of Seven in 1934.

She showed her work in the Canadian Women's Exhibition.

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.

She exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in their 32nd Annual exhibition in 1942 and the 39th Annual Exhibition in 1949.

She submitted four drawings to the 1949 B.C. Graphic exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, two of them were selected for the exhibition.

Also, per card file at Vancouver Art Gallery Library:
     B.C. Society of Fine Arts:
         1941, 1944, 1946-47, 1950-51, 1954-55, 1957, 1961, 1967
     VAG annual B.C. Artist exhibitions:
         1941-43, 1946, 1948-1950, 1952

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1941 May 10 - June 1 BCSFA   31st Annual Winter Drift
The Red House
1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19 VAG   B.C. Artists 10th Annual Winter in the Town
1942 May 15 - 31 BCSFA   32nd Annual Lilies
Leaves
1942 July 7 - Sept. 2 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer The Red House
1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18 VAG   B.C. Artists 11th Annual White Flower
1942 Nov. 3 - 15 FCA   Red Cross Benefit (no information available)
1943 July 2 - Aug. 25 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer From Maligne Lake
Shell
1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20 VAG   B.C. Artists 12th Annual First Snow, Rocky Mountains
1944 May 13 - June 4 BCSFA   34th Annual Robson Glacier
Mountain Torrent
Across the Ottertail Valley
Fine Day
1944 July 4 - Aug. 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Summer Two Lilies
Lilies
1946 May 31 - June 23 BCSFA   36th Annual Mountain and Glacier
Mountain Twilight
1946 July 2 - 28 VAG   Jubilee Exhibition Clearing Weather in the Mountains
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual Homestead
Magnolia Bud
1947 May 9 - June 1 BCSFA   37th Annual Mountain Peaks and Glaciers
1947 July 8 - 27 VAG   B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition Laurentian Homestead
1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 17th Annual Flower Forms
1949 May 3 - 22 BCSFA   39th Annual Days End
Mountain and Mist
From Wiwaxy
Impression
1949 Oct. 8 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 18th Annual Painting
1949 Nov. 22 - Dec. 11 VAG   First B.C. Graphic Mountain Peak #1
Mountain Peak #2
Mount LeFroy (rejected)
Oderay (did not come in)
1950 April 25 - May 14 BCSA   40th Annual Two Lilies
Sun on the Mountains
1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17 VAG   B.C. Artists 19th Annual Mountain Recollection
Summer Shore

References

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

100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)

LAWREN HARRIS, Edited by Bess Harris and R.G.P. Colgrove
      1969, published by The Macmillan Company of Canada; 146 pages
      ISBN 0 7705 1451 7 (1976 paperback edition); Introduction by Northrop Frye
      Compilation of art (mostly from family collection) and writing by Lawren Harris
      Extensively illustrated in colour; chronology, list of paintings

ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979
(refer to RCA81)

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

VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)

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)

EARLY BRITISH COLUMBIAN WOMAN ARTISTS (refer to HG95)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      5 references cited for Harris.

Clippings

" ... forms part of a group of abstract or semi-abstract compositions by ... Bess Harris ..."
      From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942

" ... Among those contibuting paintings and drawings are: ... Bess Harris ... "
      from "Noted Artists Offer Paintings For Red Cross"
      Vancouver Daily Province (presumed), November 1942

"Hung side by side, and yet in harmony, the visitor can enjoy on the same wall such varied products as ... "The Red House" by Bess Harris ... (continues)
      From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943

" "Across the Ottertail Valley" by Bess Harris is one of the best efforts we have seen by this artist. "
      From "Notable Exhibits of Artists' Work" by Mildred Valley Thornton
      Vancouver Sun (presumed), May 1944

"However, one can not omit mentioning the sensitive pictures of mountain scenery by Bess Harris ... (continues)"
      From "Lively Spirit Pervades B.C. Artists' Exhibition" by Palette. Vancouver Daily Province, May 3 1949


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