Fonds AM1635 - Western Art Circle fonds

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Western Art Circle fonds

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2 meters of textual records
ca. 1000 photographs

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The Western Art Circle was formed by a group of local painters in 1951. The first formal meeting was held in January 1952 with M. Denton Burgess as first president, C.C. Wimperley as Vice-president, Kay Wells as Secretary-treasurer. Other core members were Gordon “Kit” Thorne, Cecil and Almer Pratt, Alan Edwards, John Poole West, George Southwell, Harry Hunt, Alice King, Mel Perry and R.W. Gleed. In 1952, over 100 members, from BC and other countries, were registered.

The main objective of the association was to provide fellowship, a place to learn from each other and an exhibition outlet for painters. With the help from J.A. Morris, curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery, members of the Western Art Circle held their annual exhibition at the Art Gallery from 1952 to 1954.

From 1952 to 2011, the Western Art Circle organized displays, exhibitions and outdoor sales in various places in the Lower Mainland, including York Theatre, B.C. Electric Building, Stanley Park, the University Women’s Club, PNE Home Show, and various community centres. Besides organizing displays and exhibitions, the Western Art Circle also held workshops for its members to promoted high standard of work.

As most of the members aged out, the Western Art Circle was dissolved in December 2012.

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The fonds consists of administrative records, exhibition files, correspondence, minutes and reports documenting the operation of the Western Art Circle. The fonds also contains photographs, history files, and scrapbooks which were collected by the Association to preserve historical information of the Western Art Circle.

The fonds is arranged into the following series: Administrative files (1951-2012), Financial records (1994-2011), History records (1952-2013), Exhibition files (1961-2010) and Photograph albums (1962-2011).

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Donated by David Ried, past president of the Western Art Circle, in 2013.


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