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William (Will) Menelaws

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Island Arts and Crafts Society
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Founding Member)

Will Menelaws was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, according to McMann, and flourished from 1913 - 1965. According to Macdonald, he studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and spent "several years studying architecture". He was a pupil of Heriot-Watt College, and the Royal Scottish Academy Life School. He won the Keith Prize at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1903. He was a painter in oil, watercolour, pastel, tempera, in stage scenery and window backgrounds. He also drew with pen and ink.

He came to Victoria in 1913, and became one of the founders of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and the Victoria Sketch Club, which was a continuation of the Island Arts and Crafts Society. He was a teacher and art supervisor at Oak Bay, and a teacher at the University School, Victoria, B.C.

He exhibited his work with the Island Arts and Crafts Society starting in 1912 and up until 1940. He also exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum.

He exhibited his work in the 1924, 1929, and in the 1930 Spring Exhibition held by the B.C. Society of Fine Arts. Menelaws also exhibited in the 1945 British Columbia At Work exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

In 1932 he was a signatory to an agreement to boycott the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa for their exhibition and purchase policies related to Canadian artists. He was noted as being a Victoria artist.

B.C. Vital Statistics on-line has no information on this artist as of August 2014.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1924 May 3 - 17 BCSFA   16th Annual Exhibition Old Wharf, Victoria, B.C.
Smoke Clouds, Victoria Harbour
Flemish Giant
1929 May 18 - June 8 BCSFA   21st Annual Exhibition A Summer Night
Arbutus and Fir
Portrait
1930 May 31 - June 14 BCSFA   Spring Exhibition A Sketch Club Study
1933 Mar. 3 - 15 VAG   IACS Vancouver Island Exhibition The Old Barn
Portrait
Oil Sketch
1939 Mar. 14 - 26 VAG   IACS Vancouver Island Exhibition An Old Shack
Old Lumber Mill
1945 Nov. 13 - Dec. 2 Labour Arts Guild   B.C. At Work Brick Clay, Victoria
Victoria Brick Works

References

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

WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)

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

ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - List of Exhibitors

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

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
      Short biography with three references.

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      2 references cited for Menelaws: M and WWNA above.

CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1919/21/23-32/33/45 (refer to DIR)

Clippings

" ... the 118 artists who have signed the agreement to date ... include ... Will Menelaws ... "
      From "Canadian Artists Unite to Boycott National Gallery," by The Canadian Press
      Montreal Gazette, December 8, 1932


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