"Annual Exhibit by Sketch Club"

Vancouver Artists Show Excellent Specimens of Work - Smart Gathering at Affair

Vancouver Province, December 6 1920

     The attendance at the show of the Vancouver Sketch Club has of late been large and appreciative, but those who thronged the opening of the winter exhibition on Saturday outdid their predecessors both in number and in their warm enthusiasm for the work on view.
     The club, which is indeed fortunate in having such a president as Mr. T.W. Fripp has each month a few examples of his very beautiful work in its exhibitions. And this time three pictures from Mr. Fripp were shown, each different in character and in handling. The biggest, a view of hills taken at Pitt Lake, called "The Day's Awakening," was one of the most powerful of Mr. Fripp's landscapes, forceful, and handled in a masterly way. Another, extremely delicate and refined, a sketchy "Decorative Landscape," was also very much admired, as was also his picture of "A Sunny Afternoon."
     It is the general opinion of people who know Mr. Fripp's work that he is the past master of painters of British Columbia scenery and especially of its mountains. And numerous are the lovers of his work. One of the features of the Sketch Club exhibits is the added pleasure of a visit to the president's own studio, which is thrown open to visitors as soon as the afternoon's class is dispersed.
     Miss Margaret E. Wake had a very fine group of portrait work on view and everyone was delighted with the portrait of little Anne Jeremy, a baby of two years old. Miss Wake is particularly successful in painting children, and Vancouver is more than fortunate in having such a gifted portraitist in her midst. Miss Wake shows another beautiful child's head, a portrait of the Indian Sophia, and a little sketch of Sophia in the studio. Sophia believes in the H.C. of L. as she demanded three times the usual price of sittings as soon as the picture was started - and one day demanded a fish dinner as reward for her labor. Miss Kathleen Wake was shown in a fine picture looking at a little dove perched on her finger.

Secretary's Work.

     Adela W. Pilkington, the popular and more than kind secretary of the club, also showed portraits. One of her lovely little daughter Marjory dressed as a flower girl in pale blue with a basket of lovely violets in her hands. The boy "Succo" was also excellent in likeness. Usually Mrs. Pilkington shows some fine still life or flower paintings, but this time she has given us one of her landscapes instead "A Snow Scene in Surrey."
     Miss Wrigley, who is one of Vancouver's very finest flower painters, has sent three lovely flower paintings. One of "Roses and Old Ivory," a second of "Chrysanthemums" and the third "Two Pink Roses." All beautiful and dainty in color and handling. Mr. J.H. Osborne Amess is also a fine portrait painter. His portrait of himself won the first prize at the fair at Hastings Park. He also has a good portrait of David Blair, Esq. Mrs. Gilpin, the kindly hostess, had a very fine painting in water colour of Addul Baha, the Persian prisoner, who was forty years in the prison city of Aeca in Syria, because of his views of unity, brotherhoood and iniversal peace, which did not meet with the approval of the Mohammedan Mullah. Mrs. Gilpin also sent a dainty portrait of a bride, which was claimed by a very young person in no dulcet tones as "his mama." A sketch of a lady and a little boat scene called "Fishing." Marion E. Jack of St. John, N.B., showed several portraits, the best of which was of Mrs. George Blace, whose vivacity Miss Jack was fortunate enough to catch. Miss Heaton done in one evening was also said to be like the young lady.
     The only landscape shown by this artist was a scene in Palestone (sic) of a Bedouin encampment in the Valley of Achos showing the foothills of the Lebanon Mountains in the distance.

A New Member.

     A new member whose work called forth much praise was a Scotch lady, Miss MacKay. Her picture done in California was full in color and firm in handling. She also showed two marine views in pastel of sunsets. Miss Ethel Fonda had a very interesting pastel study of the interior of a studio rich in color and well drawn. Miss Fonda is studying architecture, but is also a promising painter.
     Mrs. Bulger's "Second Beach" is rich in color, good in value, and a real credit to Mr. Fripp, who has been her teacher for the past year. Mr. Laing also does Mrs. (sic) Fripp's tuition great justice in his three fine water colors, one of which "Sunset, English Bay," sold early in the afternoon. It is to be regretted that Mr. Bailey another of Mr. Fripp's budding geniuses, failed to send any work this time.
     Mrs. Killam, always a favorite artist from New Brunswick, had sent three brilliant landscapes and a study of a girl. John Scott is the only member who works in monochrome. Everyone looks forward to his promised attempts in color which he says will be forthcoming next year. Both of the sepia studies were well liked and the charcoal head of Mrs. Scott was full of feeling and character. He is one of the most enthusiastic workers in the Friday evening sketch meetings.

Soldier's Work.

     Mr. Stone and Mr. Maloney, both returned soldiers, show nice landscape and still life. The latter manifesting what real effort with the left hand can do when the right is disabled.
     Mrs. Rankin's landscapes are always a pleasure to everybody and this time equally so. She also shows three marine views soft and lovely in color.
     Miss Maude Sherman, who has studied with Mr. Fripp for a year or two, is coming ahead quite rapidly. Everyone liked her "Autumn Glow" especially. She also showed a view of mountains, Lulu Island, and Port Alberni. Mr. Sherman, another Fripp pupil, has a very lovely picture of Seton Lake showing a decided Fripp influence.
     Miss Lightfoot's work is most attractive. One of her pictures is a Peep at the Lions through a lovely warm group of autumn trees. Her "Cottage in Devon" and her other pictures are also good.
     Mrs. E. Baran has sent a Bowl of Roses in oil, which took a prize at the Hastings Park Fair, and some pretty landscapes, one of "The Narrows," another of Second Beach and the third of "Crescent Beach." Mr. Faul Smith has only sent one of the Sheepfold, Staffordshire, but we must mention the fact that he carried off the prize at the recent competition of posters. Mr. V.B. Timms also did a fine poster, but it came too late for competition. He has sent a pathetic picture called "R.I.P.," Vimy Ridge, and a sketch from Second Beach and Flanders' Poppies, and an illuminated prayer. Mrs. K.W. Anderson sent a little group of bright little landscapes taken from West Vancouver shore, the woods and Gibsons Landing. Mr. Musclow has two Indians heads and a landscape. A new member, Miss Sheo Porter, has sent an unusual little picture of autumn leaves in a blue vase - charming in harmony.
     The whole show is indeed creditable to the club, which is a real working group of artists, and more than one visitor remarked on the progress made by the members during the past year.

Tea Hostess.

     Mrs. Lois Hunter Gilpin, the hostess, had the tea table beautifully laid out, with her own silver and dainty china and decorated with fragrant carnations. Behind these carnations dispensing tea was a charming and popular lady who is much in demand at functions, Mrs. Oille of Ontario, now visiting her daughter Mrs. Banfield.
     Mrs. Oille had several able assistants, notably Mrs. and Miss Lynne, Mrs. Bulger, Mrs. Ford, Miss Aubrey Mildmay, Misses Maude and Winnifred Sherman, Miss Fonda and the Misses Wrigley.
     (extensive list of exhibition visitors not transcribed)