Vancouver Sun, July 28 1947

Interior Art Shows Quality, Much Promise

by Mildred Valley Thornton

     In a Vancouver Island and Interior of B.C. exhibition at the Art Gallery, Vernon scores high as to quality and quantity of paintings shown. From the Okanagan town comes work of a professional nature which reflects much credit on the artist colony there.
     Deserted Barnyard, by Joyce Millar, has many admirable qualities and a mountain scene by Janet Middleton is satisfying in color, composition and general feeling. Myra De Beck paints a rugged scene at Big Bend, and M.K. Aldred shows an excellent figure study in oils. Work of the above artists is mature, thoughtful, and competent.
     Muriel Barnes of Oak Bay, has a very successful study of an adolescent boy in watercolors. She paints with clean, fresh color and technical simplicity.
     The New Mill, by Rose Colpman, of Alberni, shows careful treatment of the subject and Mine Prop Country, by Mrs. A.B. McKenzie is effective in color and character.
     An unusual picture shows a collection of sea shells carefully and delicately painted by Miss M. Harvey of the Fraser Valley Art Group.
     Other entries from Nelson, Trail, Rossland, Kamloops, Kimberley and Cranbrook add to a collection with indications of much promise.
     Sophie Irvine has a miscellaneous exhibition of oils, watercolors, and pastels. This work is ambitious and venturesome, but shows lack of knowledge and the facility which comes only from long experience.

Clipping provided courtesy of Vancouver Art Gallery Library