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"Freshness And Vitality In Exhibition Of Vancouver Sketch Club"

from "In The World Of Art", Western Woman's Weekly, June 5, 1920


     There is an abundance of interest in the exhibition of the recent work of the Vancouver Sketch Club, in the club's studio at Pender street West. About seventy paintings, studies and sketches are presented by the club members. The work is many steps in advance of previous exhibitions. Most of the subjects are evidently direct from the poetic moods of nature. There are few figure subjects and no examples of the plastic arts.

     The freshness of many of the pictures indicates that they were painted outdoors. Among the members of this young organization are several sincere interpreters of British Columbia landscape beauty, and who deserve more recognition than they are receiving.

     Every visitor will have some good words to say of the portraits of Mrs. Brydone-Jack, which show vigor and good sound workmanship. This woman's work in that difficult medium, pastel, is strong and constructive. Miss Margaret Wake displays a number of pictures very good in color and well drawn; her figure sketch "In The Studio", is an example of real draughtsmanship. Mrs. Frame, an individualist with a strong sense of color, who is never anaemic, shows several daringly painted studies. As usual, Mr. Tom Fripp makes an excellent impression with several characteristic works. Mr. Fripp has a very strong feeling for the romantic associations of British Columbia mountain and coast scenery, which gives additional charm to his pictures.

     Among the exhibits which were the subject of enthusiastic comment were the pictures of Miss Marion Jack, who has recently returned to Vancouver from Alaska, and who is a New Brunswick woman who has studied in the European schools. Her pictures are fresh and vivid. They display fine decorative feeling and are well painted.

     "A Little Marine", by Mrs. George Gilpin is a credit to the artist. Several landscape studies by Mrs. A. Pilkington are full of poetic feeling. Mr. John Scott shows two engaging examples of his refined work. A number of studies by Mr. H. Faulkner-Smith are effective and show that the artist has been a student of nature. The poetic side of her subjects appeals very strongly to Miss Maud Sherman.


Editor's Note: the remainder of the article is pasted up incorrectly and does not make sense. A short note from the Editor states that "space does not permit" publication of the entire article.


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