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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 attended courses at the Universities of Alberta and Washington extension programs. In the mid-1950s 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 collections 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
Oil painting
Banff School of Fine Arts
Emma Lake - University of Saskatchewan Art School
Calgary Institute of Technology and Art
Alberta Society of Artists
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
"farewell to Giant Sized Canvases." Edmonton Journal 3 Mar. 1972: 53
Alberta Society of Artists, Edmonton Art Gallery. Alberta Society of Artists. Edmonton Art Gallery, 1975
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. "Paper the only thing these Works share." Edmonton Journal 17 Mar. 1979
Cochran, Bente Roed. "The Alberta Visual Arts Scene." Visual Arts Newsletter 3.1 (Winter 1981): 3-15
Griwkowsky, Fish. "Edmonton Art Club celebrates 100 Years at AGA, which it helped create." Edmonton Journal 11 Nov. 2021
LaViolette, Mary-Beth. Alberta Mistresses of the Modern, 1935-1975. Edmonton: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2012
Reichwein, P. and K. Wall. Uplift: Visual Culture at the Banff School of Fine Arts Banff: Banff School of Fine Arts, 2020
Richards, Jean. "Impressions of Exotic Journeys." Edmonton Journal 21 Sept. 1978
Simpson, J. E.. "Thelma Manarey: from one Extreme to the Other." The Edmonton Journal 18 Nov. 1974: 73.
Simpson, Jim. "Variety in Form highlights Exhibition: Exhibition by Women Artists." Edmonton Journal 17 Jan. 1979
Townshend, Nancy. A History of Art in Alberta, 1905-1970 Calgary, Alberta: Bayeux, 2005
Waddell, Shawn. "130 honoured at City Awards Night." Edmonton Journal 19 Apr. 1973
Wilkin, Karen. Thelma Manarey: Recent Paintings : The Edmonton Art Gallery, March 2-28, 1972 Edmonton: Edmonton Art Gallery, 1972
Zimon, Kathy E. Alberta Society of Artists: The First Seventy Years Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2000

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