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MARTIN, Bernice Fenwick

Shelbourne, Ontario, 1902
Toronto, Ontario, 1999
Biography synopsis
Bernice Fenwick Martin was born in Shelbourne, Ontario in 1902. Her interest in drawing was evident from a young age and she first became an art student at Toronto Technical Schools as a teenager. She later studied at the Ontario College of Art under J. W. Beatty and Franklin Carmichael throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Martin was a painter and a printmaker. Her paintings were featured in the Royal Canadian Academy exhibitions from 1945 to 1947 and she held one-woman shows at Eaton's College Street Fine Art Galleries, at Casa Loma, at the Hamilton Art Gallery and at the Towne Cinema in Toronto.
Media used
Pen and Ink
Ontario College of Art & Design (formerly Ontario School of Art) (under J.W. Beatty, Franklin Carmichael)
University of Toronto
Toronto Technical Schools
University of Alberta (under Toshi Yoshida)
McMaster University
Canadian Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers
Print and Drawing Council of Canada
File & Archive locations
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
"'Memories Are All I Have,' Says Fraud Victim." Ottawa Citizen 16 Jan. 1987: A1.
"Bilked of Wealth, Widow Lives in Poverty." Gazette (Montreal) 16 Jan. 1987: B1.
"Engineer Gets Five Years for Fraud Against Widow." Windsor Star 10 Nov. 1988: A15.
"Fraud Artist Cheated Widow, Gets Five Years." Vancouver Sun 10 Nov. 1988: B9.
"Fraud Artist Gets 5 Years." Gazette (Montreal) 10 Nov. 1988: B7.
"Fraud Trial Verdict Wednesday." Toronto Star 21 Oct. 1988: A16.
"Fraud Victim Says Accused 'Controlled' Her." Toronto Star 23 Sept. 1988: A31.
"Galleries." Toronto Star 27 Apr. 2006: G7.
"Judge Jails Engineer for Bilking Widow." Ottawa Citizen 10 Nov. 1988: A14.
"Man Convicted of Fleecing Elderly Widow of $500,000." Toronto Star 27 Oct. 1988: A9.
"Man Guilty of 'Fleecing' Widow, 86." Ottawa Citizen 27 Oct. 1988: A24.
American Federation of Arts. Who's Who in American Art, 1978. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1978.
Coffey, Bernice. "Portrait of the Artist." Toronto Saturday Night (17 Jan. 1953): 35.
Darroch, Wendy. "Defrauded, Destitute Widow Forced from Home, Trial Told." Toronto Star 16 Sept. 1988: A5.
Darroch, Wendy. "Destitute Widow Paid $700 Rent, Trial Told." Toronto Star 16 Oct. 1988: H8.
Darroch, Wendy. "Elderly Widow Was Not Being Forced to Go to Cottage in Winter, Court Told." Toronto Star 14 Oct. 1988: E25.
Darroch, Wendy. "Elderly Widow Would Have Died in Wilderness Camp, Court Told." Toronto Star 8 Oct. 1988: A14.
Darroch, Wendy. "Homes, Paintings Taken by Fraud Widow Tells Court." Toronto Star 15 Sept. 1988: A4.
Darroch, Wendy. "Man Found Guilty in $500,000 Fraud Against Widow." Toronto Star 27 Oct. 1988: A28.
Darroch, Wendy. "Man Guilty of Bilking Widow of $500,000." Toronto Star 26 Oct. 1988: A1.
Darroch, Wendy. "Man Who Cheated Widow of 86 Goes to Jail for 5 Years." Toronto Star 9 Nov. 1988: A1.
Darroch, Wendy. "Went into Debt for Widow, Man Tells Trial." Toronto Star 12 Oct. 1988: A19.
Darroch, Wendy. "Widow Cried During Eviction, Process Server Tells Fraud Trial." Toronto Star 7 Oct. 1988: A19.
Darroch, Wendy. "Widow Didn't Know About Mortgages Friend Took Out on Home, Court Told." Toronto Star 21 Sept. 1988: E8.
Darroch, Wendy. "Widow Loses Homes, Painting to Neighbor's Fraud." Toronto Star 15 Sept. 1988: A1.
Darroch, Wendy. "Widow Put Up Home Willingly, Trial Told." Toronto Star 13 Oct. 1988: A33.
Darroch, Wendy. "Widow Tells Court of 'Survival' Trip." Toronto Star 17 Sept. 1988: A19.
Darroch, Wendy. "Widow Weeps in Court Over Warning of Fraud." Toronto Star 20 Sept. 1988: H8.
Donovan, Kevin. "Aged Artist Overwhelmed by Response to Her Plight." Toronto Star 18 Jan. 1987: A3.
Donovan, Kevin. "Bilked of Fortune, Widow Still Says 'Life's Worth Living'." Toronto Star 29 Oct. 1988: C7.
Donovan, Kevin. "Offers of Help and Friendship Flood in to Artist, 84, Who Lost Home, Savings." Toronto Star 16 Jan. 1987: A2.
Donovan, Kevin. "Widow Awaits Trustee's Help After Fraud." Toronto Star 15 Mar. 1990: A2.
Donovan, Kevin. "Widowed Artist, 84, Has Lost Life Savings, Home and Paintings, ..." Toronto Star 15 Jan. 1987: A1.
Downey, Donn. "'Clever Liar' Guilty of Fleecing Widow." Globe and Mail 27 Oct. 1988: A3.
Downey, Donn. "Man Gets Five Years for Cheating Widow." Globe and Mail 10 Nov. 1988: A26.
Financial Post. "News Digest: Canada." Financial Post 10 Nov. 1988: 2.
Flavelle, Dana. "Man Got Appraisal of Property Owned by Neighbor, Court Told." Toronto Star 2 Oct. 1988: A20.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Royal Canadian Academy of Arts/Académie royale des arts du Canada: Exhibitions and Members 1880-1979. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981.
Mitchell, Bob. "'Can't Get Blood From a Stone' Widow Says as Con Man Jailed." Toronto Star 10 Nov. 1988: A8.
Spitzer, John. "Law Society Should Buy Martin's House Back." Toronto Star 9 Nov. 1988: A22.
Tyler, Tracey. "Widow Knew Home Mortgaged Her Ex-Lawyer Tells Fraud Trial." Toronto Star 29 Sept. 1988: A24.
Tyler, Tracey. "Woman 'Hysterical' Following Eviction." Toronto Star 30 Sept. 1988: A17.

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