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The Society put on annual exhibitions every year from 1910 to 1941 (except for 1939), and they also supported the arts in other ways. In 1913 they established a School of Handicraft and Design in Victoria, but it only lasted for a few years. The Society also organized a Sketch Club, which was the only portion of the group to continue after the Society itself dissolved in 1951. The sketch club section continued under the name of the Victoria Sketch Club.
Numerous members of the Island Arts and Crafts Society exhibited their work in Vancouver, at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1933 and 1939 ("60 paintings in various media"), and at the Vancouver Exhibition. John Kyle remained involved with the Society until 1951, when he resigned from the position of President.
The Society was an important part of the artistic fabric of the province, and contibuted significantly to supporting the arts in Victoria and on Vancouver Island for many years.
|1930 August 6 - 16||Paintings by Members||Vancouver Exhibition|
|1933 March 3 - 15||Vancouver Island Exhibition||Vancouver Art Gallery|
|1939 March 14 - 26||Vancouver Island Exhibition||Vancouver Art Gallery|
The Modern Room, by Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher, Guest Curator
1981 May 19 - September 11, Emily Carr Gallery, Provincial Archives of B.C.
ISBN 0-7718-8255-6; Exhibition catalogue for a re-creation of an IACS 1932 Exhibition
Includes A Short History of the Island Arts and Crafts Society,
and a complete copy of 1932 Annual Exhibition Catalogue
THE CREASE FAMILY ARCHIVES - A Record of Settlement and Service in British Columbia
By Christina B. Johnson-Dean; ISBN 0-7718-8259-9; 44 pages
Colour cover, illustrated throughout black & white; includes catalogue of works
1981 Oct. 10 - 1982 March 31 (exhibition), Provincial Archives of British Columbia
Includes information on Josephine Crease, the Island Arts & Crafts Society, art in Victoria, etc.
CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1923 (refer to DIR)
"It has long been held as a matter of regret among lovers of art in Victoria that
artists come to the city, but do not remain; and it is to create some feeling of
friendliness and goodwill toward them that the Island Arts Club has been started.
Though it came into existence only a year ago... (continues at length) ..."
From "Fostering British Columbia Art", by Mary Daniell
Opportunities Magazine, 1911
"The Island Arts and Crafts of Vancouver Island have now
affiliated with the B.C. Art League."
From "Important Meeting of B.C. Art League"
Western Woman's Weekly, April 23 1921
"Island Arts on Display" by John Radford
Vancouver Sun, March 15, 1939
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