Historic Society presents art heritage to rejoice North Cowichan’s 150th

To rejoice the 150th anniversary of the institution of the Municipality of North Cowichan on June 18, 1873, the Cowichan Valley Museum is showcasing its personal and some loaned artwork of regional artists, past and current. The opening of this short-term show will be Thursday, June 1, at 11 a.m.

Featured artists in this thirty day period-lengthy exhibition contain James Christison, Ethel Annie Leather, John Spears and Louis Charles Springett. The exhibition at the museum features 24 artists in complete.

John Christison lived in Shawnigan Lake amongst 1913 and 1929. His portray, When the Trout Increase, which gained the $50 very first prize in the 1922 Cowichan Slide Truthful, is involved in the exhibition.

Ethel Annie Leather-based (nee Simpson) arrived in the Cowichan Valley with her spouse, Frank, settling in Cowichan Bay. She showed her functions in the once-a-year exhibitions of the Island Arts and Crafts Modern society involving 1914 and 1941. Two several years prior to her demise, Ethel painted 50 unique sketches on her Xmas playing cards. The exhibition involves a quantity of her paintings and just one greeting card. Two paintings completed by her brother, Henry Hardey Simpson are also in the exhibition.

John Spear was a different pioneer to the Cowichan Valley arriving here in 1888. He consistently entered his art in the Cowichan Exhibition and the Island Arts and Craft Modern society demonstrates and won a number of prizes. John also savored miniature calligraphy. The Gloucestershire Echo dated July 8, 1925 described him as the world’s champion in this craft just after he place 12,125 terms on the back of an normal postcard, all completed with his naked eye. That postcard is part of the assortment of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

Louis Charles Springett arrived in the Cowichan Valley in 1901, settling initially on a massive farm at the north stop of Somenos Lake and then in 1911 in Maple Bay. His preferred functions were being boating, fishing and portray. His artwork was exhibited in the Cowichan Fall Fair from 1903-1931, in the Island Arts and Craft Society displays from 1916 to 1930 and in the Vancouver Exhibition in 1926. He never unsuccessful to gain at least 1 to start with or 2nd prize in each and every of these reveals. His most prolific function was the depiction of recreation birds and the exhibition at the museum characteristics a selection of these paintings, as nicely as 1 of Maple Bay.

The Cowichan Valley Museum is at present open up Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will alter to its summer months several hours of 7 times a 7 days, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting June 15. Check out out the museum’s new website at https://cvmuseum.ca/ for additional data.

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Will work by artists from North Cowichan’s previous will be on exhibit to rejoice the municipality’s 150th birthday in 2023. (Photograph courtesy of Cowichan Historical Culture)

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