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GUEST, Marie Olivia HEWSON

Oxford, Nova Scotia, 1880
Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1966
Biography synopsis
Marie Guest (nee Hewson) studied as a young woman at various art schools in Canada, Britain, and the United States. She initially attended Mount Allison College from 1895-1896, and then traveled through Europe before returning to the college. She later took courses in watercolour and crafts in Boston and New York. In 1913, she studied in London and spent a summer sketching in Brittany, Belgium and Holland. Between 1914 and 1916 she attended art classes in Provincetown, Massachusetts where she also exhibited. In 1917 she was enrolled at Columbia Teachers’ College in New York, and also studied in Florida. Between 1913 and 1918, her work was accepted for Royal Canadian Academy annual exhibitions, the Ontario Society of Artists exhibitions, and at the Manitoba Society of Artists. Guest taught crafts for the Women's Art Association (Ottawa) in 1918; she gave craft and painting courses at Mount Allison College from 1917 to 1919. In 1919 she married and moved to Winnipeg where she continued to paint while raising a family. She participated in a number of Winnipeg exhibitions from the 1930s onward.
Media used
Mount Allison Ladies' College, Sackville, NB, 1895 - 1896 (under John Hammond)
Eric Pape School, Boston
Art Students' League, New York
Yellow Door School, London, 1913 (under Frank Spenlove)
Columbia Teachers College (New York)
Hawthorne Summer School, Provincetown, 1914 - 1916
Manitoba Society of Artists
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
London Art Gallery, ON
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
"Winnipeg Show Focuses on Neglected Women Artists." The Globe and Mail 6 Aug 1995: C12
Ayre, Robert. “Manitoba Shows its Art.” The Winnipeg Free Press 8 Mar 1944: 1
Bumsted, J. M. Dictionary of Manitoba Biography. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999
Gallery 1C03. A Winnipeg History: The Art of Marie Guest 1880-1966. Winnipeg: University of Winnipeg, 1991
Gibbons, Lillian. "Four Winnipeg Artists Exhibit Their Paintings." Winnipeg Tribune 21 Apr. 1944
MacDonald, Colin S. The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. (Volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker) Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009.
Majzels, Claudine. "Constructing the Woman Artist: Marie Hewson Guest in Winnipeg." Manitoba History 29 (Spring 1995): 2-10
Majzels, Claudine. "Une Question de Valeur: Les Femmes Artistes au Manitoba avant 1950." Cahiers Franco-Canadien de l'Ouest 10.1 (1998): 91-126
Muir, Dorothy. "Winnipeg Women." Coach Nov. 1932:5
Nichols, Charles. “Four Manitoba Artists.” The Winnipeg Tribune 19 Apr. 1944
Phelps, Arthur L.. "Exhibition Review." The Winnipeg Free Press 5 Mar. 1945
Phelps, Arthur L.. "Manitoba Society of Artists (review)>" The Winnipeg Free Press. 14 Mar 1946
Phillips, W.J.. “Marie Guest’s Art Shows Energy. Devotion to Ideal,” The Winnipeg Tribune 31 Oct. 1932
Powell, S. Morgan. "Exhibition Review." The Montreal Star. 1916
Sanders, Noreen. "Manitoba Women's History: On Artists Lynn Sissons, Marie Guest, Pauline Boutal." The Eighth Annual Manitoba History Conference, Celebrating Manitoba's 125th Anniversary as a Province. Winnipeg: Manitoba Historical Society, 1995

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (, ) "R.C.A. Exhibition Has Private View. Over 300 Works in Galleries of Art Association of Montreal. Standard Maintained."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (, ) "Canadian Academy Opens Sixtieth Exhibition."  Montreal Star  .  p.11.   Full-text pdf

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