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CHERRY, Aileen Alma

Belleville, Ontario, 1895
Belleville, Ontario, 1958
Biography synopsis
As a young woman Cherry showed great interest in sketching and painting, completing a correspondence course with the Minneapolis School of Art before attending the Ontario College of Art in 1920, where she studied under Arthur Lismer. After graduation she returned to Belleville and continued her practice, traveling to Europe in 1954 and 1958 to focus on her painting. Working in oils Cherry’s painting captured the landscape and people in and around Belleville. Throughout her career she exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Ontario Society of Artists. Aileen Alma Cherry died in 1958.
Media used
Minneapolis School of Art
Ontario College of Art & Design (formerly Ontario School of Art), 1920 - ? (under Arthur Lismer)
File & Archive locations
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
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC

Writings about
Alexander, Wilma. "Aileen Cherry 1895-1958." Quinte Women of Distinction. Belleville, Ontario: Canadian Federation of University Women, 2002
Durham, Linda. Aileen Cherry. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Linda Durham Gallery, 1978
Evans, Jack. "Anonymous Collector Shows off Display: 'Not just another art show.'" Intelligencer (Belleville) 06 Jan. 1996
Evans, Jack. "Portrait of an Artist." Intelligencer (Belleville) 18 Aug. 1996: C1
Gordon, Penny. "Belleville Native's Work has Come Home." Intelligencer (Belleville) 06 Feb. 1981
Linton, Marilyn. "Portrait of the Artist as a Recluse." Toronto Sun 29 Oct. 1978
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.
Prakash, A. K. Independent Spirit: Early Canadian Women's Art Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2008

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Exhibits Drawn From Wide Area. Growing Importance of Spring Art Exhibition More Generally Recognized."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Fine Work Marks R.C.A. Exhibition. New Schools Offer Contrast to Solidly-Based Qualities of Older and Established Painters."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.10.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Art Association's Spring Exhibition Is 49th of Series. Some Five Hundred Works Greet Invited Guests at Private View."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Art Association Has Forty-Ninth Annual Spring Exhibition."  Montreal Star  .  p.7.   Full-text pdf

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