Vancouver Sketch Club

1911 - 1932 - ?

The Vancouver Sketch Club was organized in 1911, and was open to both amateur and professional artists, in "every branch of art". The club studio was at 342 West Pender Street in downtown Vancouver, where they held exhibitions (monthly and semi-annual), art classes, and social events. The club also went on sketching expeditions.

In 1922 T.W. Fripp was Honorary President of the group, in 1923 Mr. Dermot McEvoy was president and Mrs. George Gilpin was honorary secretary.

Exhibition catalogue from the 1931 PNE show.

The group exhibited until at least 1932, according to exhibition catalogues of the Vancouver Exhibition.


1930 August 6 - 16 Vancouver Exhibition - Paintings by Members
1932 Aug. 29 - Sept. 5 Vancouver Exhibition - Vancouver Sketch Club Exhibit


"The Sketch Club held its regular monthly studio tea on Saturday afternoon, and despite counter attractions, there was a very good attendance. ... (continues) ..."
      From "Social Notes"
      Vancouver Daily World, May 7 1917

"At their new quarters in the Victoria block, the Vancouver Sketch Club had an interesting exhibition on Saturday afternoon. Among the exhibitors were ... (continues) ..."
      "Many Visitors At Sketch Club"
      Vancouver Daily World, December 3 1917

"Freshness And Vitality In Exhibition Of Vancouver Sketch Club"
      Western Woman's Weekly June 5 1920

"For some time the meetings and exhibitions of the club were held at the studio of Miss Wake, but about two years ago an independent studio was secured at the present quarters, 342 Pender street west. This location has become known for its art associations, the building having also contained the studios of such well known artists as Mr. Thos. W. Fripp, Miss Margaret Wake, Miss Isabel Weir, and Mr. Norman Hawkins."
       From "Sketch Club Is Well Organized" by I.B.
       Vancouver Province, July 17 1920

"Arts Clubs Active - Vancouver Sketch Club"
      Western Woman's Weekly September 18 1920

"Vancouver Sketch Club"
      Western Woman's Weekly October 9 1920

"Vancouver Sketch Club Officers"
      Western Woman's Weekly July 29 1922

"Sketch Club Semi-Annual Art Exhibition"
      British Columbia Ladies' Mirror December 15 1923

"Student Classes At Sketch Club"
      British Columbia Ladies' Mirror December 15 1923