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Toronto, Ontario, 1896
Pembroke Dyke, Nova Scotia, 1985
Biography synopsis
Lucy Mary Hope Jarvis painted children's portraits, landscapes and figure studies in oil and watercolour. She was an art instructor at Kings Hall in Compton, Quebec, a cataloguer and draftsman for the Royal Ontario Museum, operated a rural circuit for the National Film Board from 1942-44, and was an Art Instructor at Provincial Normal School in Fredericton, New Brunswick from 1944-46. She also held the position of Director of the Art Department at the University of New Brunswick in 1946 to 1960. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows in Brantford, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick, and in 1979 at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She also participated in exhibitions in Sackville, New Brunswick, the Canadian National Exhibition, Graphic Arts Toronto, at the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1930 and 1931, the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Spring Exhibition in 1932, and at the New Brunswick Museum. Lucy Jarvis, along with Pegi Nicol MacLeod, started the Observatory Art Centre at the University of New Brunswick. In 1962 Jarvis traveled to Europe to study with funding from a Canada Council grant and from friends at the University of New Brunswick. She spent a year in the 1930s painting in a Nova Scotian fishing village, and would later return to Nova Scotia in 1961 to establish a studio in Pembroke Dyke, near Yarmouth.
Media used
Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, 1925 - 1929
Académie Montparnasse, Paris (under Andre Lhote)
Salzbourg Art Seminar (under Oskar Kokoschka)
Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Artexte Information Centre, QC - Documentation Centre
London Public Library, ON
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
University of New Brunswick - Archives and Special Collections Department
Athabasca University - Alberta Women's Memory Project
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, AB - Archives & Library

Writings about
"Exhibition Opens On Sunday." Fredericton Gleaner 29 Nov. 1968
"Free Spirits: Lucy Jarvis, Helen Weld defied convention (and convenience) to paint." Chronicle Herald (Halifax) 10 Mar. 1995: B1
"Miss Lucy Jarvis Leaves UNB Art Centre Shortly: Plans to Return to Painting." Fredericton Gleaner 7 May 1960
"Painting Exhibition Opened." Fredericton Gleaner 21 Mar. 1962
"UNB Art Director Has Exhibition." Fredericton Gleaner 8 Mar. 1951
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The Spirit of Yarmouth Lives: Paintings by Lucy Jarvis and Helen Weld. Halifax: 1995
Bradley, Rhonda J. Making a Place: The Life and work of Lucy Jarvis as cultural educator and community catalyst in Atlantic Canada. Ottawa: Carleton University, 1997
Cameron, Shelley. Visual experiences of Lucy Jarvis. Fredericton: University of New Brunswick Art Centre, 1985
Carr, Angela, ed. Raven Papers: Remembering Natalie Luckyj (1945-2002) Newcastle, ON: Penumbra Press, 2010
Hashey, Mary W., ed. Maritime Artists Vol. 1. Fredericton: Maritime Art Association, 1967
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.
Maritime Art Association. Paintings by Artists of the Maritimes: Seventh Annual Exhibition. Halifax: Maritime Art Association, 1942
Mockett, John T. "'Lucyandhelen': Their art is a natural thing." Bluenose Magazine 2.2 (Fall 1977): 13-15
Niergarth, Kirk. ""What Would He Have Us Do?" Gender and the "Profession" of Artist in New Brunswick in the 1930s and 1940s" Rethinking Professionalism. Ed. Kristina Huneault and Janice Anderson Montreal: McGill-Queens Press, 2012
Shaw, Avery. "Painters of New Brunswick." Canadian Art Toronto: Society for Art Publications, 9.4 (Summer 1954): 151-53
University of New Brunswick Art Centre. Paintings and Drawings by Lucy Jarvis. Fredericton: 1962

Writings by
Jarvis, Lucy. "Notes From a Benighted Maritimer." Canadian Art 4.4 (Summer 1947): 162-164
Jarvis, Lucy and C. H. Scott. "Paintings from East and West." Canadian Art 6.4 (Summer 1949): 1967-70

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Wide Range of Art In R.C.A. Exhibition."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.10.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Art Association Has Forty-Ninth Annual Spring Exhibition."  Montreal Star  .  p.7.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Art Association's Spring Exhibition Is 49th of Series. Some Five Hundred Works Greet Invited Guests at Private View."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.6.   Full-text pdf

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