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  The names appearing are just a fraction of the Canadian women of accomplishment.
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1800's
Mary Love. née Heaviside. Baptized 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 1826 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 Lady Love. Suggested source: The Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online  (2019)
1860's

Maria Frances Ann Morris Miller. née Morris. Born February 12, 1813 Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Image result for Maria Morris Wildflowers of North AmericaDied 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!! (2019)
 

Charlotte Mount Brock Schreiber. 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 meetings. 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. (2019)

1890's
Mary Augusta Hiester Reid. née Hiester. Born April 10, 1854 Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Image result for Mary Augusta Hiester Reid. 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. (2019)
 
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)
Florence Norma Wyle.  Born November 24, 1881 Trenton, Illinois, U.S.A.. Died January 14,1968 Newmarket, Ontario. Originally Florence wanted to be a doctor and she entered Image result for statues by Florence Wylethe 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)
 

Joyce Wieland. Born 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. (2019)

1930's
Isabel McLaughlin. Born October McLaughlin10, 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.
 
1940's

Molly Lamb Bobak. Born 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 the 1st 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 Accessed 2007)

1980's
Agnes Nanogak.  Born November 12, 1925 Baillie Island Northwest Territories. Died May 5, 2001 Ulukhaktok, Northwest Image result for Agnes Nanogak.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 artist to receive an honorary degree from a university in Canada. In 2002 the Winnipeg Art Gallery held a solo exhibition of her works. You can 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.
 

Lynn Johnston.  Born 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 internationally. 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 Fame, Toronto.  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.

Myfanwy Pavelic. 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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