Art & Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890 - 1950
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Dorothy Gwendolyn (also Gwendoline) Henzell Willis
(Mrs. Charles B. Willis)

1899 - March 29 1985 (1988?)

Alberta Society of Artists (Associate Member)
Federation of Canadian Artists (Founding Member 1941)

Mrs. Dorothy Henzell Willis was born in Newcastle, England in 1899. She moved to Edmonton with her family in 1913. After growing up she moved to Vancouver after World War Two.

Willis had a solo exhibition of her work at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1937. The same exhibition was held at the Normal School in Edmonton, Alberta, from September 25 to October 25, 1936.

She exhibited her work in the B.C. At Work exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1945, and also in the B.C. Artists annual exhibitions in 1945 and 1947.

She was on a list titled "Leading Vancouver Artists," provided to the Labour Arts Guild on April 10, 1946 by the Vancouver Art Gallery to assist in the Guild's call for entries to the second annual B.C. At Work exhibition.

In 1946 Willis was in a three-person exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery with Harley Parker and Cliff Robinson. There were 46 works in the exhibition, but there is no exhibition list on record at the Gallery.

She exhibited her artwork with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts from 1946 to 1948.

Willis was living in Victoria in 1977, where she died in 1985 at the age of 85, according to B.C. Vital Statistics On-line database.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1937 April 13 - 25 Solo exhibition VAG
1945 July 24 - August 5 H. Parker, C. Robinson, D. Willis (46 pictures) VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21 VAG   B.C. Artists 14th Annual Sunflowers
Miners Leaving Cage
1945 Nov. 13 - Dec. 2 Labour Arts Guild   B.C. At Work The Welder
On Hastings East at Night
Capping Cans
1946 May 31 - June 23 BCSFA   36th Annual Deserted School Yard
1946 July 2 - 28 VAG   Jubilee Exhibition Driftwood
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual The Young Prophet
1947 May 9 - June 1 BCSFA   37th Annual The Cameo
1947 July 8 - 27 VAG   B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition The Cameo
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual Prosperity, Sechelt, B.C.
1948 May 18 -June 6 BCSFA   38th Annual Canadian Gothic, 1943

References

VISUAL ARTS BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to VABC77)

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

PRINTMAKING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1889-1983 (refer to AGGV83)

BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)

MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -
SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970
(refer to MM88)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      2 references cited for Willis.

ARTISTS IN CANADA - lists files at UBC Fine Arts Library, VAG Library, 5 others

THE FECKLESS COLLECTION (refer to FECK18)

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

Clippings

"Other notable exhibits include a ... some strong watercolours by Dorothy W. Willis ... "
      From "B.C. Industry Lives in Gallery Display"
      Newspaper unknown, (November 1945)

"On the walls will be exhibited paintings and photographs by local artists. The display will include works by Cliff Robinson, Dorothy H. Willis, and A. George Bulhak, chairman of executive committee."
      From "In the Realm of Art", by "Palette"
      Vancouver Daily Province, November 13, 1946

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