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MANAREY, Thelma Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta, 1913
Edmonton, Alberta, 1984
Biography synopsis
Manarey initially took private lessons in water-colour painting with Florence Mortimer and later studied portrait painting and printmaking with Henry G. Glyde in Calgary. She also took extension courses at the Universities of Alberta and Washington. In the mid-50s Manarey turned to abstract painting after attending summer sessions at the Banff School of Fine Arts where she studied with surrealist Charles Stegeman, as well as at Emma Lake working with artists including Kenneth Noland. From 1960 to 1972 Manarey's work focused on snow which she said served as a "natural" inspiration to her; she would apply many layers of white using positive and negative spaces. Manarey's print work, like her painting, dealt with organic forms, including serigraphs and lithographs. In 1968 she turned exclusively to etching. The works produced during this period were shown in a solo exhibition at the Edmonton Art Gallery as well as in St. John's, Newfoundland. Her works are held in the Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), Nickle Art Museum (Calgary) and the University of Alberta Art Collection.
Media used
Banff School of Fine Arts
Emma Lake - University of Saskatchewan Art School
Calgary Institute of Technology and Art
File & Archive locations
Alberta Culture and Community Spirit - Arts Branch
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Art Gallery of Alberta
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Calgary Public Library, AB - Arts Department
Edmonton Art Gallery, AB - Library
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
University of Calgary Library, AB
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library

Writings about
Baker, Suzanne Devonshire. Artists of Alberta. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1980.
Cochran, Bente Roed. Printmaking in Alberta 1945-1985. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1989.
Cochran, Bente Roed. "The Alberta Visual Arts Scene." Visual Arts Newsletter 3.1 (Winter 1981): 3-15.
LaViolette, Mary-Beth. Alberta Mistresses of the Modern, 1935-1975. Edmonton: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2012.
Wilkin, Karen. Thelma Manarey: Recent Paintings : The Edmonton Art Gallery, March 2-28, 1972 Edmonton: Edmonton Art Gallery, 1972.

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