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Miss Mary Mason

( c1842 - November 27 1924 ? )

B.C. Society of Fine Arts
Island Arts and Crafts Society


Mary Mason exhibited in Vancouver, starting at least as early as 1909 with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts' debut First Annual Exhibition at the Dominion Hall in Vancouver, and in the group's May 1910 exhibition. She had previously had her work exhibited in the Royal Academy, London England.

She exhibited with the Island Arts and Crafts Society from 1910 to 1922. In the 1921 exhibition catalogue she was included in the list of instructors in art.

An index card notation on file at the Vancouver Art Gallery states that she died in 1924. B.C. Vital Statistics states that a Mary Mason died in Oak Bay, B.C., on November 27, 1924, at the age of 82, quite possibly the artist in question, given the connection to the Island Arts and Crafts Society. Further research is needed to determine this, and to find out more about her artistic career in England.


Exhibitions

DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1909 April 20 - 28 BCSFA   First Annual Exhibition Weaving Nets
My Mother
The Miniature
1909 November BCSFA    Second Exhibition Breaking Wave, Moonlight
Sweet Jasmine
1910 May BCSFA   Third Exhibition Dyganwy Ferry, North Wales
The Miniature, Twilight and Firelight

References

ISLAND ARTS & CRAFTS CLUB 5th ANNUAL EXHIBITION (refer to IACS14)

THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)

ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - List of Exhibitors

THE DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARTISTS 1880 - 1940 (refer to DBA76)

BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS: 1885 - 1985
      Published by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
      1985; ISBN 0-88885-116-2; 24 pages plus 12 pages colour plates
      Editor Judith Alldritt-McDowell; Introduction by Nicholas Tuele
      1885 - 1920 by Christina Johnson-Dean; 1920 - 1950 by Roberta Pazdro
      Includes references to Mason.

Clippings

"Among other artists who have done successful figure and portrait work, may be mentioned Miss Mason and Mrs. Bampfylde Daniell, of Victoria, both of whom have done credit to their artistic training by works which have been exhibited in the Royal Academy, London."
      From "Art in British Columbia", by Bernard McEvoy
      Opportunities Magazine, 1910


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