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June 25, 1806
Halifax, Nova Scotia. Died January 13, 1866.
She was educated in England and continued her studies in art. She began
drawing in the 1820’s She married Lieutenant Colonel James Frederick
Love (d 1866) July 16, 1825 while he was stationed in New Brunswick. It was after
her marriage that her interest in art deepened. In
her works were reproduced by lithographs in the U.S.A.
She is considered the 1st Canadian born artist to have works lithographed. (drawn on stone for printing and reproduction) Her husband was posted to Great
Britain and the Mediterranean before returning to settle with his wife
in Lower Canada. In 1856 Mary joined her husband in England where he was
Knighted for his military career achievements in 1856,and she became
Suggested source: The Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
Frances Ann Morris
February 12, 1813
Halifax, Nova Scotia.
October 28, 1875 Halifax, Nova Scotia. Maria received training in
art from an American artist and and English artist who were providing
art lessons in Halifax. A woman of talent and determination she used her
artistic abilities to open schools in Halifax to teach the young refined
women the fine art of drawing. Combining her interest in flora and fauna
with her drawing she published 146 paintings of Nova Scotia wildflowers
in 1840. Wild Flowers of North America
was published in 1867. Her works were widely accepted with and exposition
at the 1867 Paris exhibition. She is
considered the f1t professional woman artist in Nova Scotia.
July 7, 1840 she married Garret Trafalgar Nelson Miller and
the couple had several children. In 1856 she and her sister Catherine
published a volume of poetry. She was able to have financial earnings to
support herself and to gain recognition of her work at a time when women
were just beginning to come forward as accomplished individuals and not
just daughters and wives!!
née Morrell. Born
May 21, 1834 Woodham, Mortimer, United Kingdom. Died July 3,1922
Paignton, United Kingdom. Charlotte was trained in art at Mr. Carey's
School of Art, London, England. She also
studied anatomy to gain a better understanding of the human body. When
she was just 21 some of her works were exhibited at the Royal Academy.
She also earned a reputation for illustrations she made for various
books. In 1875 she married Weymouth Schreiber and became
step-mother to three children. The family immigrated to Canada and
settled in Toronto, Ontario. In 1875 she was elected to the Ontario
Society of Artists and the next year, 1876,
she became the 1st woman to teach at the Ontario School of art .A painter of the Victorian
sentimental era she painted landscapes and figures.
In 1880 she became the 1st woman appointed to the
Royal Canadian Academy (RCA). Charlotte resigned in 1888
from the Royal Canadian Academy over the refusal to have women attend
She exhibited with the Ontario Society of Art from 1876
to 1890 and with the Toronto Industrial Exhibition, the Art Association
of Montreal, and the RCA. She was a founding member of the Women's
Art Association of Canada. In 1884 the family settled on a farm on the
Credit River near Toronto and Charlotte set up a home studio where she
gave lessons to many pjrominent young Canadian artists.
One of the first women book illustrators in
Canada, three children’s books were published in Toronto.
After the death of her husband she returned to England in 1890.
Mary Augusta Hiester Reid.
née Hiester. Born April 10, 1854 Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died October 4,
1921 Toronto, Ontario. While studying art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art in the USA she
met her future husband, Canadian artist George Agnew Reid (1860-1947). There was time to
study in Paris before the Reids settled in Toronto, Ontario. She was an
elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists, an associate of the
Royal Canadian Academy (women were not allowed to be elected to the
Academy) in 1896. She would become 1st woman to serve on the
executive council of the Ontario Society of Artists. Her art legacy
includes interiors and murals as well as her landscape paintings. Largely
forgotten today, her still life and floral paintings were shining examples
of art that was considered acceptable for women of the Victorian era. When
she died, the Art Gallery of Toronto launched the largest single
retrospective show in its history, in 1922.
It was a memoriam featuring her works she
became the 1st Canadian woman to have a solo exhibition of her works. In
2000-2001 a successful showing of her works was called Quiet Harmony.
Katherine Elizabeth Wallis.
Born 1860 or 1861 Merino, Canada West (Ontario).
Died December 14, 1957. Katherine studied art 1st at the Toronto Art
School in Ontario and then in Scotland, London, England, and Paris
France. It was her that she would come to love sculpting. She moved to
Paris and continued her studies. In 1897 her sculptures were on exhibit at
the Royal Academy of Arts, London, England. Her art career was interrupted during
World War 1 when she served as a nurse in the Canadian Hospital in Paris.
She was honoured and decorated by both the French and British governments
for her services. Her 1st Canadian exhibition of her work was in 1920.
She returned to Paris and in 1929 she received her highest recognition as
an artist when she was the 1st Canadian to be
elected Societaire of the Societé Nationale de Beaux Arts for
her sculpture titled "La Lutte pour la Vie". She fled from France at the
beginning of World War II and settled in Santa Cruz, California, U.S.A. As
well as being a sculptor she also enjoyed painting. . She also enjoyed writing verse and published
Chips From the Block: Poems in New York in 1955. She
bequeathed her art collection to the City of Peterborough, Ontario and
it is housed in the Peterborough Museum and Archives. (2019)
Born November 24, 1881 Trenton, Illinois, U.S.A.. Died January 14,1968
Newmarket, Ontario. Originally Florence wanted to be a doctor and she
University of Illinois in Urbana. She became fascinated with the human
anatomy. In 1903 she entered the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
in Illinois to study clay modeling. Here she studied under Frances
Loring (1887-1968). Florence would become partners with Frances Loring
setting in 1909 in New York City and in Toronto, Ontario in 1913.
In 1920, Loring and Wyle moved into an old abandoned
church. This location became their home and their studio. It also became
a gathering place for Toronto's artistic community and the headquarters
of the Sculptors' Society of Canada (SSC).
She was a co-founder member of the Sculptor's Society of Canada in 1928.
She was the 1st woman sculptor to become a
full member of the Royal Canadian Academy of
Arts. Her work was often exhibited by the Women's Art
Association of Canada. She worked on numerous Canadian War Memorials for WW 1.
Much of her work was cast in Bronze, but she also carved stone, marble
and wood. in 1953 she was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth ll
Coronation Medal. She had a love of nature that was reflected in her two
volumes of published poems. In 2000 the Canadian
Portrait Academy made Wyle an Honorary Academician naming her one of the
Top 100 Artists of the 20th Century. (2019)
June 30, 1931Toronto,
Ontario. Died June 27, 1998 Toronto, Ontario. This
artist had her 1st exhibition in 1960. She went to New York City
in 1962 for nine years with
her husband, Michael Snow, and experimented with films. She took her inspiration from
Canadian history, politics, and ecology. Her artistic works covered a
multitude of media from canvas, quilting, and embroidery to film. Her
works came in all sizes from large murals to a commissioned Canada Post
World Health postage stamp in issued in 1972. While she exhibited her works all over
the world in 1971 she
became the 1st living Canadian
woman artist to have a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada.
In 1982 she was inducted into the Order of Canada.
In the spring of 1987 the Art Gallery of Ontario mounted a major
travelling exhibit of Joyce's works which was its 1st retrospective of a
living Canadian woman. That fall she received a Visual
Arts Award from Toronto Arts Foundation. In 1987 a
documentary about Joyce, Artist on fire. was released.
McLaughlin. Born October
1903. Oshawa, Ontario. Died November 26, 2002 Toronto, Ontario. Isabel
graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1930. In 1929 she left
Canada to study for a year in Paris, France and then in Vienna, Austria.
Back in Canada she served on the executive of the Heliconian Club,
Toronto and 1933 she was a founding member of the
Canadian Group of Painter where she served as the
1st woman to be president in 1939. An important early
modernist painter in Canada, she used bright colours in her highly
subjective paintings. In 1993 she was induced into the Order of Ontario
and in 1997 the Order of Canada. After her death her extensive archives
was placed in the Queen's University Archives, Kingston, Ontario.
February 25, 1920 Vancouver, British Columbia. Died March 2, 2014
Fredericton, New Brunswick. Her father was a geologist by
profession but he also had a profound interest in the arts and the circle of
family friends included many Canadian artists. This family association was
no doubt a welcoming atmosphere for a young artist who studied at the
Vancouver School of Art. In November 1942 she enlisted in the Canadian
Women's Army Corp. Her talents did not go unnoticed and she became
woman to be officially designated as a Canadian war artist.(1940's)
During the War in London she met her husband Bruno Bobak. The couple
would have two children. After VE-Day she
went to Holland to record the devastation of the war. It was during her
service years of World War II that she met her future husband. In 1950, with
a grant from the French government she painted her impressions of this
European country. In She would return often to paint in France. At home in
Canada, she is busy at the design department at the Vancouver School of Art,
the University of British Columbia and the Art Centre at the University of
New Brunswick. She has also used her artistic talents to illustrate several
books including her own Wild Flowers of Canada. 1995 she and her artist
husband Bruno were inducted with the Order of Canada.
Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online
Born November 12, 1925 Baillie Island Northwest Territories. Died May 5, 2001 Ulukhaktok,
Territories. In 1943 Nanogak married Wallace Goose and
the couple had seven children. This Inuit artist is
known for her energetic and colourful representations of native myths and
legends. Her early drawings were done using graphite pencils but she
soon opted to use colourful felt-tip pens. Many of her works on themes
of Inuit life were later produced as prints. Nanogak contributed to
every print collection by the Homan artists' co-operative beginning in
1967. In 1985 she was the 1st Inuit
receive an honorary degree from a university in Canada. In 2002
the Winnipeg Art Gallery held a solo exhibition of her works.
see her work in the book she illustrated Tales From the Igloo, a
book of Inuit stories, published in 1972 and More Tales From the Igloo
published in 1986. Her artwork is found in collections of some 15
institutions across Canada and the United States.
May 28, 1947 Collingwood, Ontario. Lynn
grew up in North Vancouver British Columbia and studied at the Vancouver
School of art, now the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In 1969
she married and the couple relocated back to Ontario where she worked as
a medical artist at the McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
Pregnant with her 1st child she presented her obstetrician with drawings
which he could place on his otherwise boring ceiling. These drawings
were the bas of her 1st boo, David We're Pregnant in 1973. After her
divorce she published Hi Mom! Hi Dad! in 1975. She then married dentist
Rod Johnston and the family relocated to the remote community of Lynn
Lake, Manitoba. When she submitted panels for a comic strip to the
Universal Press Syndicate she was offered a 20 year contract. For Better
For Worse was a Canadian hit and was carried by about 2000 newspapers
The storyline and the characters lead real lives
with friends admitting to being gay and the family dog dies after
rescuing a child. Lynn continued to work from her home in Corbeil, Northern
Ontario. She became the first woman to win the Reuben Award for outstanding
cartoonist of the year in 1985 from the national Cartoonist Society
In 1987 she earned a Gemini Award for Best Cartoon Series and
in 1988 she became the 1st woman to be president of
the Cartoonist Society.
In 1991 she received the National
Cartoonist Society Newspaper Comic Strip Award.
She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1992 and nominated
for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for the story o Lawrence's coming out.
in 2001 she was the winner of the Comic of the Year, Editor and
Publisher. In 2003 she was honoured with a Star on Canada's Walk of
In 2007 she was inducted into the Order of
Manitoba and she and her husband became separated. In 2008 she was
inducted into the Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame and the National
Cartoon Museum Hall of Fame. In 2015 she relocated back to North
Vancouver. The Library and Archives Canada holds a large collection of
her original works. Now semi retired she continues her comic strip in
newspapers using a mixture of new and older stories.
née Spencer. Born April 27, 1916 Victoria British
Columbia. Died May 7, 2007 Victoria British Columbia. She was introduced to painting by Emily Carr
on Vancouver Island. She was brought up in a well to do family and the
family home was eventually donated to the City of Victoria to become an
art gallery. She studied for a few months with a Yugoslav artist but
other than these brief instructions she is basically self taught as an
artist. During World Was ll she donated proceeds from a solo exhibition
to the Red Cross. She married and had one daughter. In 1997 she was a
founding member of the Canadian Portrait Academy. In 1990 her portrait
of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau won the F. H. Varley
Medallion for Best Portrait Painting. Her portraits have been displayed
and donated to the National Portrait Gallery
London, England where she is the 1st known
Canadian born artist to be represented in the permanent collections.
In 1984 she was
inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2001 she became a Member
of the Order of British Columbia. She was also a member of the Royal
Canadian Academy of Arts. (2019)
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