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REID, Laura Evans

Born
Guelph, Ontario, 1883
Died
Vegreville, Alberta, 1951
Biography synopsis
After moving to the small town of Vegreville, Alberta in 1912 with her doctor-husband and children, Laura Evans Reid began painting in 1935 when she joined an amateur art group. She approached the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension to request art classes for Vegreville where H.G. Glyde became her mentor and teacher. She later studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts on a Carnegie Scholarship. She rapidly gained recognition for her modernist approach and within a few years was exhibiting in Calgary. She became a member of the Calgary Sketch Club and an associate of the Alberta Society of Artists. While she initially worked exclusively in water colour, she took up oil painting after the war. Her work "Soup Kitchen" (1938) was considered the first social commentary work in Alberta. In addition to social and political concerns, her works focused on Ukrainian farm families and her immediate environment. During World War 2, she was one of few artists to deal with the subject of war. In 1940, she exhibited in the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour at the Art Gallery of Toronto where her work was favourably reviewed by Graham McInnes. She had only painted for sixteen years when she died of an accident in 1951. Her work was donated to the University of Alberta.
Media used
Painting
Education
University of Alberta, 1937 - 1938 (under H.G. Glyde)
Banff School of Fine Arts
Memberships
Calgary Sketch Club
Alberta Society of Artists
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Calgary Public Library, AB - Arts Department
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Glenbow Archives, AB - Main Catalogue
University of Alberta Archives
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
"Coste House Plans Memorial Exhibition>" Calgary Herald 24 Nov. 1951.
"Fine Art and Photography from B.C. Most Original." The Calgary Herald 6 July 1942.
"Vegreville Woman Artist at 60." Winnipeg Free Press 25 July 1943.
"Work of Alberta Artist on Show." The Leader Post (Regina) 7 Jan. 1953.
Burns, Ruth. Sixteen Years: Modernism and the Brief Visual Arts Career of Laura Evans Reid. Montreal: CWAHI Conference, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o2czhYUFk4.
Burns, Ruth and Laviolette, Mary-Beth. Rough Country: The Strangely Familiar in Mid-20th Century Alberta Art. Edmonton: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2016.
Chown, Diana. Laura Evans Reid 1883-1951. Edmonton, Alberta: University of Alberta, 1983.
LaViolette, Mary-Beth. Alberta Mistresses of the Modern, 1935-1975. Edmonton: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2012.
Matousek, Phylis. "Best of the West, Critics Said." Edmonton Journal 12 Feb. 1983.
McCarthy, Pearl. "Began Painting at Fifty-two, She Left a World Enriched." Globe and Mail 20 June 1953.
McKaskell, Robert. Achieving the Modern : Canadian Abstract Painting and Design in the 1950s. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1993.
Townshend, Nancy. A History of Art in Alberta, 1905-1970. Calgary, Alberta: Bayeux, 2005.

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