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FLEMING, Gertrude Vandelinder

Petrolia, Ontario, 1899
Edmonton, Alberta, 1973
Biography synopsis
Gertrude Fleming moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1905 with her family. After general studies at Mount Royal College in Calgary, she attended Washington State University where she received a B.A. in art. On her return to Calgary she taught art at Mount Royal College, and in 1926 moved to Edmonton, where she became a member of the Edmonton Art Club, Alberta Society of Artists (ASA), and also served as President of the Women's Society of the Edmonton Museum of Art. She was also one of the original members of the Visual Arts Board of Alberta. She returned to Calgary during World War II, where she became Chairman of the Calgary Art Association, and was President of the Calgary group of the ASA in 1948. Fleming was well-known for her floral watercolor paintings some of which were shown in exhibitions including the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Toronto; the Art Association of Montreal; the Art Gallery of Toronto; Hart House, Toronto; Washington State University; the Manitoba Society of Artists, and the Alberta Society of Artists. A number of her works are held in the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Media used
Washington State University
File & Archive locations
Calgary Public Library, AB - Arts Department
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library

Writings about
"Exhibit shows Alberta Art 'Growing Up." Calgary Herald 10 Dec. 1943: 14
"Prairie Artists give Display." Winnipeg Free Press 25 May 1946:5
"Two Alberta Artists Featured in Display." Calgary Herald 3 Nov. 1944: 13
Lent, Geneva. "Two Alberta Artists featured Display." The Calgary Herald 3 Nov. 1944: 3
Norbury, F.. "High Standards upheld in Art." Edmonton Journal 18 May 1945: 3
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

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Nearly 500 Works at Spring Exhibit. Variety in Show at Galleries of Art Association of Montreal. 1,080 Items Submitted. Judges Reveal Open Minds and 52nd Annual Contains Much to Meet Differing Tastes."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.3.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Spring Exhibition of Art Association Opened on Thursday."  Montreal Star  .  p.17.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Some Pictures in the Spring Exhibition."  Montreal Star  .  p.22.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) Lucien Desbiens.  "Le salon du printemps 1935."  Le Devoir (Montreal)  .  p.3.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Spring Exhibition on Generous Scale. Show at Art Gallery Opened Last Night Contains 621 Items."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.2.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Annual Spring Exhibition at Art Association."  Montreal Star  .  p.8.   Full-text pdf

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