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CHAPPELLE, Margaret Morgan

Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1915
Edmonton, Alberta, 1992
Biography synopsis
Margaret Chappelle worked in various media after studying with H.G. Glyde and J.B. Taylor at the University of Alberta in 1947 and elsewhere with Florence Mortimer and Sibyl Laubenthal. Chappelle was actively involved in the Alberta Society of Artists, often writing articles for the ASA newsletter "Highlights." She was also a member of the Edmonton Art Club, the Federation of Canadian Artists, and served on the board of the Edmonton Art Gallery. Her print works were exhibited in the annual Canadian Painter-Etchers and Engravers shows in the 1960s, and ceramics works were included in a number of craft shows, including Albertacraft, Ceramics Canada 61and 63. Notably, she was one of twelve artists to show her ceramics at the Smithsonian in 1961. In the late 1960s Chappelle became a civic activist and joined the urban reform movement initiated in the 1970s. She left a provision that the artworks in her estate only be sold ten years after her death with the stipulation that monies be donated to the SPCA.
Media used
University of Alberta, 1947 - ? (under H.G. Glyde, J.B. Taylor)
Alberta Society of Artists
Edmonton Art Club
Federation of Canadian Artists
File & Archive locations
London Public Library, ON
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Edmonton Art Gallery, AB - Library
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library

Writings about
Canadian Art 3-8 (1945): 170
Alberta Society of Artists, Edmonton Art Gallery. Alberta Society of Artists. Edmonton Art Gallery, 1975
Cochran, Bente Roed. Printmaking in Alberta 1945-1985 Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1989
Crawford, Gail. Studio Ceramics in Canada Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 2005
Erwin, S.. "Artist's Legacy goes far beyond $3.7 Million Gift to S.P.C.A. Edmonton Journal 1992
Howell, David. "Chappelle Art Auction Raises $76,000 for Humane Society." Edmonton Journal Nov. 19 2003: B3
Howell, David. "Hidden Works Return to Light." Edmonton Journal 4 Nov. 2003: B1
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.
Norbury, F.. "Colorful Showing by Edmonton Artists." Edmonton Journal 28 July 1945:14
Townshend, Nancy. A History of Art in Alberta, 1905-1970 Calgary, Alberta: Bayeux, 2005
Zimon, Kathy E. Alberta Society of Artists: The First Seventy Years Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2000

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