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Birch Hills, Saskatchewan, 1906
Salmon Arm, British Columbia, 1983
Biography synopsis
Gladys Johnston (née Foster) was known primarily for her vibrantly colorful landscape paintings representing the local geography of British Columbia. A self-taught painter, the only formal classes she took were at the University of Saskatchewan in 1925. She painted and also wrote to supplement the family income. Her works have been exhibited at many galleries in western Canada, including the Calgary Glenbow Museum (1988), the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Stride Art Gallery (2007). She authored a number of books on local and family history as well as travel stories covering Scotland, England, Germany, and Japan.
Media used
University of Saskatchewan, 1925
File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of Calgary Library, AB
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library

Writings about
"The Vibrant Art Of Gladys Johnston. (Glenbow Museum - Review)." Calgary Herald 21 Sept. 1988: E6
Ainslie, Patricia and Chris Cran. The Vibrant Art of Gladys Johnston. Calgary, Canada. Calgary, Alberta: Glenbow-Alberta Institute, 1988
Fullalove, Ben. Gladys Johnston - Serving Others Well. Calgary, Alberta: Stride Gallery, 2007

Writings by
Johnston, Gladys. History of the Norquay Family and Travels abroad. Salmon Arm, B.C.: ?, 1980?
Johnston, Gladys. In the Early Days. Kamloops, B.C.: Finlay Printing, 1970?
Johnston, Gladys. Journey to Spain. Salmon Arm, B.C.: G.M. Johnston, 1974
Johnston, Gladys. Purple Mountain. Saskataoon: Freeman Pub. Co. Ltd, 1972
Johnston, Gladys. The Holidays and Scottish Mist Kamloops: G.M. Johnston, 1981

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