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Vancouver, British Columbia, 1909
Vancouver, British Columbia, 1977
Biography synopsis
Vera Weatherbie studied at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts (VSDAA) from 1925 to 1929. During her studies, she won a number of awards, including the Vancouver Exhibition Association Scholarship in Drawing & Painting for 1927/28 and 1928/29 and the Fyfe-Smith Travelling Scholarship, 1929/30. She attended the Royal Academy in London. England. Later in 1934, she won the Beatrice Stone Medal in Painting for "My-E-En." Vera Weatherbie taught drawing, composition and painting at the British Columbia College of Art, a school that was founded in Vancouver by Frederick Varley and Jock Macdonald in 1933; it closed in 1935. Her work was shown through the early 1950s in Vancouver, Seattle and at national exhibitions. She was included in the "Vancouver School of Art: The Early Years, 1925-1939" exhibition in 1980 and "My-E-En" was shown at "Vancouver Art & Artists, 1931-1983" in 1983. In 1984/85, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria included "Portrait of Molly" in "British Columbia Women Artists, 1885-1985."
Media used
Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts (VSDAA), 1925 - 1929 (under Frederick Varley)
Royal Academy, London, 1930 - ?
File & Archive locations
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON

Writings about
Amos, Robert. "A Rare and Joyous Artist." Times-Colonist (Victoria) 21 Jan. 2001: B13
Appleton, Marion Brymner, ed. Who's Who in Northwest Art: A Directory of Persons in the Pacific Northwest Working in the Media of Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Arts, and Handicrafts. Seattle: Frank McCaffrey, 1941
Armour, Moira & Patricia Anne Staton. Canadian Women in History: A Chronology. Toronto, Ontario: Green Dragon Press, 1990
Arts Magazine. "?" Arts Magazine 10 (1935-36)
Dakers, Diane. "How Three Women Shaded B.C. Art History." Times-Colonist (Victoria) 12 Apr. 1997: 1
Francis, Daniel. Encyclopedia of British Columbia. Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 2000
Lindberg, E. Theodore et al. Vancouver School of Art: The Early Years, 1925-1939. Vancouver: Emily Carr College of Art and Design, 1980
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.
Milroy, Sarah. Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment. Vancouver, B.C.: Figure 1, 2021
Milroy, Sarah. "Varley in Paradise." Canadian Art 17. 1 (2000): 76-81
Pogue, Liz. "Fascinating Story..." Times-Colonist (Victoria) 29 Mar. 1997: 1
Richardson, Letia et al. First Class: Four Graduates from the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts, 1929: Lilias Farley, Irene Hoffar Reid, Beatrice Lennie, Vera Weatherbie. Vancouver: Floating Curatorial Gallery, Women in Focus, 1987
Robertson, Ian S. "Vera: A Masterpiece of Canadian Art." Canadian Stamp News 29.2 (2004): 20
Sharylen, Maria. Artists of the Pacific Northwest: A Biographical Dictionary, 1600-1970. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 1993
Tuele, Nicholas, and Christina Johnson-Dean. British Columbia Women Artists, 1885-1985 Victoria: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1985
Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver, Art and Artists, 1931-1983. Vancouver, British Columbia: Vancouvery Art Gallery, 1983

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