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GRAYSON, Vaughan (Ellen Kirk)

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 1894
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 1995
Biography synopsis
Vaughan Grayson is recognised for her paintings and prints of prairie as well as mountain landscapes. She grew up on a farm, and after completing high school traveled around Europe, studying art in Budapest and England. On her return to North America, Grayson continued her studies in Boston, St. Margaret's College in Toronto and Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City. She later returned to Moose Jaw where she became an art instructor at the Teachers' Colleges in Regina and Moose Jaw. She published two art appreciation textbooks for elementary and high school students. She and her husband Arthur Mann moved to British Columbia in 1929; Grayson continued teaching at the University of British Columbia, the Summer School of Fine Arts in Penticton, as well as the Banff School of Fine Arts. She also exhibited in local annual exhibitions. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and the United States, including in a group exhibition of the National Serigraph Society in New York City in 1957. In 1961 she returned to Saskatchewan; she continued to travel and study in Victoria, B.C. and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her work is held in the collections of the Kelowna Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery.
Media used
Oil painting
Columbia University, New York, 1923 - ?
Curry School of Expression, Boston, Massachusetts, 1918 - ?
St. Margaret's College, Toronto, Ontario (under Marion Long)
Canadian Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers, 1954-57, Associate Member
Moose Jaw Women's Art Association, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 1929, Charter Member
Vernon Art Association, Vernon, British Columbia
Fine Arts Society, Summerland, British Columbia, 1938
National Serigraph Society, New York, New York, 1954
Moose Jaw Fine Arts Guild, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 1956-1961; 1967-1981
File & Archive locations
Edmonton Art Gallery, AB - Library
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Toronto Reference Library, ON
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON

Writings about
"An Authoritative Work on Art by Miss E.V. Grayson." Moose Jaw Times 9 Nov. 1929
"An Exhibition." Daily Courier (Kelowna) 2 Oct. 1959
"Artist Finds Peace in Okanagan Home." Daily Courier (Kelowna) 16 Oct. 1959
"Artist Participates in 75th Anniversary." Moose Jaw Times-Herald 8 Oct. 1985
"B.C. Artist Evading War's Responsibility." Vancouver Sun 26 Sept. 1942
"Board Room Display by Vaughan Gray." Daily Courier (Kelowna) 29 Sep. 1959
"Book on Art in by Vaughn Grayson." Regina Leader Post 7 Oct. 1929
"Brilliant Oil Paintings at Summerland." Penticton Herald 12 Jul. 1945
"Canadian Art Topic of Talk." Moose Jaw Times 19 Jan. 1932
"Death Notices - Mann: Mrs. Vaughan Grayson Mann." Moose Jaw Times-Herald 10 Feb. 1995
"Finds Valley." Daily Courier (Kelowna) 14 Oct. 1959
"First Arts School Course Awarded." Penticton Herald 6 Jun. 1960
"Grayson Exhibit." Leader Post 11 Jan. 2008: A3
"Lecture and Painting Demonstration Highlight Evening for Fine Art Guild." Moose Jaw Times-Herald 3 Feb. 1960: 6
"M.J. Artist Displaying Paintings at Art Museum." Moose Jaw Times-Herald 26 Nov. 1979: 3
"Moose Jaw Artist Featured." Regina Leader Post 9 Feb. 1980
"Mrs. A. J. Mann Tells WI of Scenic Trip to Mr. Assiniboine." Summerland Review 22 Jan. 1953
"Mrs. Authur Slade is President of Moose Jaw Fine Art Guild." Moose Jaw Times-Herald 4 Feb. 1958: 5
"Mrs. Mann Tells of Mountain Trip." Summerland Review 27 Dec. 1951
"Museum Features Two Sask. Artists." Moose Jaw Times-Herald 13 Nov. 1979: 13
"One-Man Art Show in Kelowna." Penticton Herald 5 Oct. 1959
"Oyama Artist Accepts Post." Penticton Herald 5 Jul. 1961
"Oyama Artist One of Best on Prairies." Kelowna Courier 11 Oct. 1961
"Painting Donated to Art Museum." Moose Jaw Shopper 29 Aug. 1984
"Painting Selected." Regina Leader Post 26 Mar. 1954
"Provincial President Exhibits Painting at Art Guild Show." Moose Jaw Times-Herald 31 Mar. 1954: 7
"Rockies Favorite of Okanagan Artist." Nelson News 28 Sept. 1960
"The University Women's Club Annual Dinner." Moose Jaw Evening Times 29 Jun. 1918
"Valley Artists Lauded at B.C. Exhibition." Penticton Herald 1 Oct. 1942
"Well-Known Artist Prepares for Exhibit." Moose Jaw Times-Herald 21 Feb. 1957: 7
"Women's Group Disbands." Moose Jaw Times-Herald 18 Aug. 1984: 3
American Federation of Arts. Who's Who in American Art, 1980. Detroit: R.R. Bowker, 1980
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
Brennan, Maev. "Grayson-Mann Display at Gallery." Kelowna Courier 20 Apr. 1985
Cochran, Bente Roed. Printmaking in Alberta 1945-1985 Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1989
Ghaznavi, Corinna. Through her Eyes: Works from Our Permanent Collection. Kelowna, BC: Kelowna Art Gallery, 2019
Grayson, Ellen Vaughan Kirk. Picture Appreciation for Elementary School. Toronto: Dent, 1929
Larsen, John and Maurice Richard Libby. Moose Jaw: People, Places, History. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan: Coteau Books, 2001
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.
Marquis. American Art Directory 2007-2008. Detroit: National Register Publishing, 2006
Moose Jaw Art Museum. Paintings by Vaughan Grayson. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan: 1967
Newman, Marketa. The Biographical Dictionary of Saskatchewan Artists, Women Artists. Saskatoon: Fifth House, 1990
Norbury, F.H. "Museum of Arts Has New Exhibits." Edmonton Journal 24 Apr. 1951
Palette. "Colorful Display Presented in Exhibition by B.C. Artists." Vancouver Province 26 Sept. 1942
Petteys, Chris, et al. Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985
Reichwein, P. and K. Wall. Uplift: Visual Culture at the Banff School of Fine Arts Banff: Banff School of Fine Arts, 2020
Smith, Heather. Vaughan Grayson: Adventures of an Artist in the Canadian Rockies. Moose Jaw, Sask.: Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, 2006
Thornton, Mildred Valley. "Myfanwy Campbell's Painting Winner of Art Gallery Poll." Vancouver Sun 14 Oct. 1942
Tinning, R. J. "Okanagan Art Show Draws Wide Comment." Penticton Herald 2 May 1946

Writings by
Grayson, Ellen Vaughan Kirk. Picture Appreciation for the Highschool: Grades 7 to 10. Toronto: Dent, 1932

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