Art & Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890 - 1950
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Mary Ann Rice
(Mrs. Frederick Theodore Schooley)

April 30 1868 - August 27 1963

Art, Historical and Scientific Association of Vancouver
B.C. Art League
Vancouver Exhibition
Vancouver Sketch Club
Federation of Canadian Artists (Founding Member 1941)


Mrs. F.T. Schooley was born in London, England, and came to Canada at about age 3. She later came to Vancouver, and had been in British Columbia since 1898, according to an entry form she filled out for an exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

She was a Director of the Art, Historical and Scientific Association of Vancouver, and also worked as a fundraiser for the B.C. Art League to help establish a civic art school and art gallery in Vancouver.

She exhibited her work with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in September 1921, May 1924, and May 1925. She exhibited at the Vancouver Exhibition in 1924, 1925, and 1930, representing the Vancouver Sketch Club. She also exhibited with the Vancouver Sketch Club in 1923, in an exhibition held at the club rooms at 342 West Pender Street.

She later exhibited her work in the B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, from 1932 - 34, and 1936-37, and had a solo exhibition there in 1935. She is also known to have had her work in at least one summer exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, England.

B.C. Vital Statistics shows that her husband died in Vancouver on January 28 1945 at the age of 79, Mrs. Schooley died in 1963 at the age of 95, occupation noted as "at home."

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1935 November 2 - 17 Solo Exhibition Vancouver Art Gallery

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1921 Sept. 19 - 24 BCSFA   13th Annual Exhibition Down South
Swans
1924 May 3 - 17 BCSFA   16th Annual Laguna Grove
Laguna Hills
1924 Aug. 9 - 16 Vancouver Exhibition   Annual Exhibition Landscape
Landscape
1925 May 9 - 16 BCSFA   17th Annual Grapes
1930 Aug. 6 - 16 VanExh   Oil Paintings & Water-colours Thetis Island
1932 Oct. 5 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Thetis Island, B.C.
1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Scene in Stanley Park
1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Scene in Park
1934 Dec. 4 - 16 VAG   B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition Nasturtiums
1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 4th Annual Sleeping Beauty
1936 Aug. 18 - 28 David Spencer B.C. Artists' Golden Jubilee "three still life pictures"
1936 Sept. 18 - Oct. 11 VAG   B.C. Artists 5th Annual Roses
1936 Oct. 15 - 20 VAG   B.C. Artists Chilliwack Exhibition Roses
1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 6th Annual Nature Supreme
1942 Nov. 3 - 15 FCA   Red Cross Benefit (no information available)

References

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

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      3 references cited for Schooley.

B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE death (refer to BCVS)

Clippings

"Mrs. F.T. Schooley, who, through social activities rising from the visit of Viscount Leverhulme, was unable to be present, contributed a tone poem in colour, a landscape in oils, fairly redolent of the warm skys and balmy airs of Italy."
      Sketch Club Semi-Annual Art Exhibition, B.C. Ladies' Mirror, December 15 1923

"This, it is hoped, will be for a short time only, as, owing to the activity of the members of the B.C. Art League, notably one of our own directors Mrs. F.T. Schooley, some public spirited citizens have been induced to make the very handsome offer of $100,000 for the purchase of works of Art, provided the citizens authorize the erection of an Art Gallery for the accommodation of the same. So that there is every hope that an effort will now be made by the city to start erecting the long-talked of "Civic Centre," which will accommodate both the Art Gallery and Museum."
      From "Curator's Report, by T.P.O. Menzies
      Museum Notes, Vol. 1, No. 1, February 1926.

" ... Among those contibuting paintings and drawings are: ... Mary R. Schooley ... "
      from "Noted Artists Offer Paintings For Red Cross"
      Vancouver Daily Province (presumed), November 1942


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