Home > Artist Database > Bio-bibliographic Database > MEWS, Gwendolyn (Waldrop)

Artist Database

MEWS, Gwendolyn (Waldrop)

St. John's, Newfoundland, 1893
Boulder, Colorado, 1973
Biography synopsis
Gwendolyn Mews was born in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1893. Her father was Arthur Meux, Deputy Colonial Secretary of Newfoundland from 1898 to 1935. While painting in Newfoundland, she introduced the city to cubism "which reacted as vigorously as did other publics elsewhere." Mews was a Jubilee Scholar while in Newfoundland and later attended Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. After graduation she moved to the States, eventually settling in Boulder, Colorado. Mews married Gayle Waldrop, an assistant professor of Journalism at the time, in Boulder, on 18 September 1925. She exhibited both in the United States and Canada.
Media used
Mount Allison Ladies' College, Sackville, NB
Boulder Art Association, Colorado
Oklahoma Art Association
The Prospectors; Boulder, Colorado
Boulder Artists Guild, Colorado
File & Archive locations
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
University of Colorado at Boulder

Writings about
American Federation of Arts. Who's Who in American Art, 1935. Washington, D.C.: R.R. Bowker, 1935.
Eyland, Cliff, Gemey Kelly and Charlotte Townsend-Gault. Atque Ars: Art from Mount Allison University, 1854-1989. Sackville, New Brunswick: Owens Art Gallery, 1989.
Fielding, Mantle. Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers. Poughkeepsie, New York: Apollo Books, 1986.
Smallwood, Joseph R. ed. Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador. St. John's: Newfoundland Book Publishing, 1981-1994.

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 25, 1920) "Artist's Efforts Reach High Level."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 26, 1920.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 01, 1921) "Fewer Paintings, Higher Standards. Thirty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of Art Association of Montreal. Private View Last Night."  Gazette (Montreal)  April 01, 1921.  p.11.   Full-text pdf

Search by: