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CHERRY, Aileen Alma

Belleville, Ontario, 1895
, 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 and traveled to Europe in 1954 and 1958 to focus on her painting. Working in oils Cherry’s work 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, March 21, 1922) "Exhibits Drawn From Wide Area. Growing Importance of Spring Art Exhibition More Generally Recognized."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 21, 1922.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 19, 1925) "Fine Work Marks R.C.A. Exhibition. New Schools Offer Contrast to Solidly-Based Qualities of Older and Established Painters."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 20, 1925.  p.10.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 17, 1932) "Art Association's Spring Exhibition Is 49th of Series. Some Five Hundred Works Greet Invited Guests at Private View."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 18, 1932.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 17, 1932) "Art Association Has Forty-Ninth Annual Spring Exhibition."  Montreal Star  March 18, 1932.  p.7.   Full-text pdf

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