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She studied art in Seattle and at the Toronto Art School. She also studied in Paris, France in 1910 before moving to B.C. in 1913 and opening a studio in Vancouver. She was a painter in watercolour and oil, and also did porcelain and pottery decorations.
In 1903 she exhibited her work in the Dominion Exhibition of Art held at Winnipeg, winning a gold medal for best watercolour and a silver medal in oils.
She exhibited in the 1932 All Canadian Exhibition, the first "block-buster" exhibition held at the newly opened Vancouver Art Gallery. She later had one of the earliest solo exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, an exhibition of flower paintings.
She exhibited in a number of the annual B.C. Artists exhibitions, from the inaugural 1932 show until 1942 , winning a bronze medal in 1938.
She exhibited at David Spencer's Department store in 1936. She also exhibited at the Grange, Toronto, according to her entry in Who's Who in Northwest Art. She was also listed as a teacher for the Vancouver School Board.
Her husband died in Colquitz on December 21, 1942, at the age of sixty, according to B.C. Vital Statistics. No reference to Mrs. Millar's date of death was located on-line.
|1934 May 4 - 13||Solo Show||Vancouver Art Gallery|
|1932 May - July||VAG All Canadian Exhibition||Astors and Phlox|
|1932 Oct. 5 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual||Chrysanthemums|
|1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual||Dahlias and Chrysanthemums|
|1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual||Gladiolii|
|1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual||Flowers|
|1936 Sept. 18 - Oct. 11||VAG B.C. Artists 5th Annual||Flowers|
|1936 Oct. 15 - 20||VAG B.C. Artists Chilliwack Exhibition||Flowers|
|1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9||VAG B.C. Artists 7th Annual||Summer Flowers|
|1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8||VAG B.C. Artists 8th Annual||Shasta Daisies|
|Fisherman's Wharf, Seattle|
|1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18||VAG B.C. Artists 11th Annual||Zinnias|
ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979 (refer to RCA81)
BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)
A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS
(refer to M)
Short biography with two references.
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
6 references cited for Millar.
VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)
CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1932-34 (refer to DIR)
"Artists represented in the group comprise the following ...
Clara L. Millar ... (continues)
From "Maritime Art Association" Vancouver Art Gallery Bulletin, November (?), 1939
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