Regina LCW Arts Committee Activities and Exhibition list

This post serves two purposes: outlining the activities and achievements of the Local Council of Women (LCW) Arts Committee and summarizing whose artwork was in the local group exhibitions they sponsored.

The National Council of Women of Canada was founded in 1893 and the Regina Local Council of Women was founded in 1895. The purpose of the local councils was to provide an umbrella organization in each community for women’s activist groups. Most of the initiatives of women’s groups were on pressing social issues like health and suffrage but the umbrellas grew wider as the Councils became more organized and powerful.  In many ways their organizations and structures mimicked the patriarchal ones which governed society prior to and after women won their suffrage.

As such, the committees were directed to serve the public good, although all of the work was done on a volunteer, not a paid basis.  So the President of a Local Council would be the equivalent of a mayor with a City Council, elected and responsible to both a local and a larger constituency.  The Fine and Applied Arts Committee of the Regina LCW was formed in January of 1920 to serve as a source of self-education for the members and also to raise the profile of the visual arts in the community.  They decided two major ways they could do that was by sponsoring exhibitions of art and collecting representative samples of it for the community.

Several other clubs in Regina, who were also affiliated with the Local Council, had their own separate program of activities but also bought art for public buildings as one of their good works.  The Women’s Educational Club, the Elgar Club and others arts oriented clubs appear in the newspapers as donors of various art works to one building or another in the city.  See the 2005 paper written by Dr. A. Leger-Anderson on Women’s Organizations in Saskatchewan online at  Although this does not touch on art much, it does give a very good explanation of the relationships between the LCW and other women’s clubs.

The best source on the relationship of women’s art clubs to the development of art in Saskatchewan is the Queen’s University Master’s thesis by Dr. Cheryl Meszaros: Visibility and Representation:  Saskatchewan Art Organizations prior to 1945. 1990. Unfortunately, it is not online.  Meszaros saw the LCW’s art committee as deserving of recognition “for providing a forum for the display and subsequently a measure of visibility for Saskatchewan art and artists, and for their role in acquainting the Regina public with art productions from outside the province.” (p. 58) She was particularly impressed by their self-education program in the history of art (p.57) but found that their lack of curatorial standards in mounting shows and their inability to present these shows outside Regina and into Saskatchewan and beyond meant that they could not satisfy artists in the province as a stand-in for an artist’s society.  For her, Saskatoon’s Art Club, founded in 1925 and, more importantly, the Saskatoon Art Association (1936-1963) provided the internal mechanism by which art in the province could be represented to the rest of Canada and therefore was a more significant organization for the development of art in Saskatchewan. (p.62-63)

Owing to the broad range of her thesis and it’s undeniable focus on Saskatoon art organizations, Meszaros did not  and could not provide a year by year picture of the Regina LCW art committee’s activities. Although, I, personally, would have known almost nothing about this organization without having her thesis to base this discussion on, I have decided to supplement her research with every newspaper article I could find on this organization, thereby giving a fuller picture of its activities and, in particular, the art shows the committee generated.

The Regina Local Council of Women’s Fine and Applied Arts Committee (1920-1930), superseded by the Arts & Letters Committee(1931-1950s), sponsored a number of solo shows in Regina and sometimes purchased work from the exhibiting artists between 1920-1945 for their own collection from monies gathered during the shows and other activities. Some pieces were donated to them or discounted   Although Mary Ella Dignam, founding president of the Women’s Art Association of Canada, had a solo exhibition in Regina in 1919,  her show predates the founding of the Fine and Applied Arts Committee by six months. But it probably was the impetus for the Regina LCW to establish a committee devoted to the visual arts. Along with the LCW committee’s annual exhibitions of Saskatchewan art from 1920-1945, the solo exhibitions of mainly Saskatchewan artists’ works were often the only time these artists were accorded such a spotlight on their work in their home province.

The Regina LCW Fine and Applied Arts Committee and its successor, the Arts and Letters Committee, collected a total of 23 works of art.  The intention of the LCW ALC and its predecessor, FAAC, was to build the basis of a collection of Canadian art for a future art gallery in Regina. The paintings were hung in the interim in the Regina Public Library and in various collegiates in the city and maintained by the Committee in pristine condition until they could be deposited in a purpose built art gallery.  When Norman Mackenzie died and left his own art collection to the University of Saskatchewan in Regina so it would build a gallery to house his collection, the LCW pledged its collection to the same purpose.  I will be posting a blog on art collecting and will deal with this matter in more detail there.

In 1931, the Fine and Applied Arts Committee (FAAC) was renamed the Arts & Letters Committee (ALC) and became more of a study group, the letters section concerned with studying Canadian literature and collecting historical documents and Indian artifacts of Saskatchewan for research purposes.  The re-formation of this committee was probably due to the formation in 1929 of the Women’s Art Association of Saskatchewan, which concerned itself with a multiplicity of art forms created by women, thereby taking over the function of providing applied art displays.  The LCW ALC was more interested in sponsoring painting displays than the former and so it was allowed more scope for studying the history of art and arranging exhibits of Saskatchewan painters.  Many of the women artists who had been with the LCW’s FAAC found it more satisfying to be with the WAA (a separate but affiliated organization under the umbrella of the LCW) and the two groups worked closely together to display Saskatchewan art works of all variety in the next 15 or so years.

Because of their expertise in organizing and mounting large exhibitions and hosting the openings, the LCW ALC became the go-to group in Regina when outside exhibitions started coming into the province.  They often organized the reception and arrangements for travelling exhibitions from various Canadian art organizations and the National Gallery.  Additionally, they assisted the Regina College U of S Art Department after 1936 as a kind of ladies auxiliary for exhibitions and lectures. 

I have organized the clipping links I’ve been able to gather in chronological order with a brief summary of each annual show and any other pertinent activities for that year. The annual LCW group shows were the biggest events and I have added charts in this post that show names of artists mentioned in the newspaper in the coverage of each year’s exhibit. Sometimes there is a description of the work they showed and other times they are just mentioned in the list of exhibitors.  In any case, check the names of the exhibitors and the years they exhibited and then click on the links to the specific year’s group show for more information about the work of individual artists. You can also find descriptions of LCW sponsored solo shows in the biography posts I have provided, as noted.

1918 – The LCW sponsors a handicraft exhibit, indicating interest among members for supporting local art exhibits. 

1919 – National Council of Women held a meeting in Regina and visiting Mary Dignam, head of the Women’s Art Association of Canada, exhibited paintings at Regina College on June 16. 

1920 -Oct. 28-30 The new Fine and Applied Arts Committee of the Regina Local Council of Women decide to hold a Group art exhibition of paintings owned by Reginans – Newspaper reports were glowing, somewhere between 100-130 paintings were shown at this first exhibition at Regina College, which focused on paintings in Regina collections. One thousand visitors came the first day and the exhibit was held over for another day to accommodate the demand.  They ran out of catalogues for the show.  Works by local artists like James Henderson, Fred Loveroff and ones with Regina relationships like Inglis Sheldon-Williams were part of the loan collections on display. Oct.9, Oct.23, Oct. 25, Oct.26, Oct.27, Oct.28, Oct.29a, Oct. 29b Morning Leader


May 19-21 – Indicating the desire of the committee to show paintings and other forms of art separately, this show featured china painting and was held at the Legislative Buildings. Mrs. Bertha Downes, Susan McLean and Barbara Barber were mentioned artists but there wasn’t much news coverage of this show. May 20, 1921 Morning Leader


May 11-12 – Solo exhibit of 30 paintings by Mary Dignam (national president of the Women’s Art Association of Canada) at Regina College.  May 10 Morning Leader

Jun 9 – A tea was arranged in June to fundraise for the two paintings that the LCW bought for their collection.

Oct. 12-14 – This group exhibition of 250 paintings was held at City Hall in the auditorium. It was referred to as an annual exhibition of Saskatchewan artists, indicating that the show was expanding beyond Regina.  The show also included painted china. Sep.21, Oct.7, Oct.9, Oct.12, Oct.13, Oct.14a, Oct.16 Morning Leader, Oct. 23 article indicates paintings from this show were sent to Saskatoon for exhibition. 

PC002726 Regina City Hall 1930PC002726 – Regina City Hall in 1930


On Feb. 10, a tea was held in the home of Miss Beatrice Brown to raise funds for the LCW’s recently purchased Sioux Indian Head by James Henderson. Feb. 12,   

Mar. 28- Solo exhibit of a dozen paintings by Margaret Frame at Regina College. These were hung separately from a NGC travelling show which was also at the College. See the artist’s biography in Some Early Women artists in Regina post for link relating to this show. Mar.29 Morning Leader

May 18-19 – Solo exhibit of 25 oils and watercolour paintings by Inglis Sheldon-Williams along with a few portraits by Harriette Keating at Regina College. May 18, May 19 Morning Leader

Oct. 4 – Solo exhibit of the work of John T. Richardson in the Calder Block in a vacant store area. Silver collection was raised at the exhibition to pay for “The Orchard” the painting they wished to purchase.  Mr. Richardson advertised the sale of his paintings after the show was over from the same gallery. See artist’s biography under Some early men artists of Saskatchewan post for links relating to this show.

Nov. 21 – 26, Annual exhibition of Saskatchewan artists at City Hall. Paintings and china painting. Between 1300-1500 visitors.  $160.00 in the collection basket to help with the purchase of the FAAC’s fifth purchase of a painting. Nov. 21, Nov. 21b, Nov.22, Nov. 24, Nov.26 (scroll to left for Social and Personal column)


Jan.29 -The LCW announces its intention to have solo exhibits of paintings by Kenderdine and Henderson. It also seeks more information about the Canadian paintings sent to London for exhibition at Wembley. 

Feb. 15 – Three dozen members of the LCW FAAC are invited to a tea at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Norman Mackenzie.  Special guests are Saskatonians George(sic) Kenderdine and W.E.K. Middleton and Mrs. R.E. Middleton. The committee learned that Mackenzie had recently purchased Kenderdine’s Secret of the Storm and that the Monday Art Club of Moose Jaw had purchased a Kenderdine painting, When Winter Comes, for hanging in the Moose Jaw Public Library. Feb. 16 Morning Leader The LCW had requested that a selection of Kenderdine paintings be brought to Regina to plan an exhibition.  This proposed exhibit took place two years later but apparently they bought his painting The Vanguard at this meeting because it was hung in the library in early March of 1924.

Mar. 4 – Exhibition of weaving crafts by the Blind at the First Baptist Church. The committee also exhibits the painting collection that it owns at the same time. Mar.3 Morning Leader

June 4-5  Solo Exhibition of paintings by Harriette Keating at Regina College. See artist’s biography under Some Early Women artists in Regina post for links to this show.

Oct.18 Announcement of three exhibitions, Oct. 29 U of S intends to borrow Henderson paintings

Oct.30-Nov.1 Solo Exhibition of James Henderson paintings at Regina College. Oct. 31, Nov. 3 See artist’s biography under Some early men artists of Saskatchewan post for links relating to this show.

PC013129 Regina CollegePC013129 Regina College in 1928

Nov. 20-21, Annual exhibition of Saskatchewan artists at City Hall. 50 artists, including several out- of- towners included. Nov. 20, Nov. 21

Dec. 11- Solo exhibition and sale of paintings by F.M. Bell-Smith of Ontario at Regina College. Dec. 11 & Dec. 15 Morning Leader


Apr. 20-21 – Solo exhibition and sale of the paintings of Leonard Richmond at Clay’s Art Studio Apr.20, Apr. 21 Morning Leader

May 1-2. Exhibition and sale of wicker work by the Blind of Saskatchewan at the Trading Company Building

May 23. LCW FAAC issues a set of guidelines for their annual Saskatchewan exhibits to the press.  Limit of five paintings having been finished in the past three years for each artist. No paintings accepted that have been exhibited by the LCW in previous years.

May 27-29 – Solo exhibition & sale of the paintings of David Payne at Regina College. May 26, Morning Leader See artist’s biography under Some early men artists of Saskatchewan post for links relating to this show. 

 Nov 2-7 – Annual Saskatchewan artists exhibition at City Hall. Includes the 8 paintings now owned by the LCW FAAC. Editorial in the Morning Leader comments upon the excellence of the work of Saskatchewan artists. Nov.2, Nov.5, Nov.8 (scroll to left slightly) Morning Leader

Dec. 2-3, Solo exhibition of 36 paintings by Mary Dignam and showing of a handicraft collection from the Saskatoon Arts & Crafts Society at Regina College. Nov. 28, Dec. 2 Morning Leader. 


Mar. 29-Apr.1, Solo exhibition of 50 paintings by Gus Kenderdine at Regina College.Mar. 22,  Mar 29Mar. 30, Apr.1  Morning Leader See artist’s biography under Some early men artists of Saskatchewan post. 

Apr. 18, New executive of LCW Fine and Applied Arts Committee announced.

May 7 – Under the auspices of the National Gallery of Canada and the Regina LCW FAAC Mr. Stewart Dick of London speaks to an assembled audience at Regina College on “Art’s Place in Life”

Jan 15 – At the annual meeting of the Regina LCW copies of Mrs. Bennett’s history of the local LCW over the past thirty years were distributed to members. Jan.14

Sep 30 – Solo exhibition of 50 watercolour paintings by Miss L.M. Smith of Hamilton, Ontario (art instructor at Mount Royal College, Calgary) are exhibited for the LCW members  and guests at the home of Mrs. Barbara Barber. Sep.25, Oct. 1 Morning Leader

Nov 3-8, Annual Saskatchewan artists exhibition at City Hall. $146.00 in the collection box and a number of artists sold their work.  A painting by Emile Walters, who, according to the reporter, had lived in Saskatoon for 15 years was contributed to the show by Mrs. A.M. Rothwell, the owner. Nov.2, (scroll to previous page) Nov.4, Nov.5a, Nov.6, Nov.9a, Nov.9b

Dec. 7-9 – Solo exhibition of 40 paintings by J.H. Lee-Grayson at Regina College. Dec. 7 Morning Leader See artist’s biography under Some early men artists of Saskatchewan post for links relating to this show. 

1927 Jun 16-19 – Solo exhibition of more than 40 paintings by David A. Gibb, Canadian artist from Ontario, at the Hotel Saskatchewan. Jun 14 (scroll down to announcement) Morning Leader and this article from Jun 15 Regina Daily Post


Oct. 31-Nov. 5 –   Annual exhibition of Saskatchewan artists at City Hall. The work of 50 artists in 200 pictures represented from all over the province. Illingworth Kerr’s paintings are slightly criticized in the press, unusual for Regina reviewer who never said anything negative about anybody.  The Regina Morning Leader writes an editorial thanking the LCW FAAC for their work. Nov.2, Nov.3a, Nov.3b, Nov.4, Nov.5 of Morning Leader and Oct.11, SP


Jan.26 – Particular mention of the LCW’s Fine and Applied Arts Committee’s report is made at the annual meeting of the Regina LCW.

Oct. 30-Nov 5 – Annual exhibition of Saskatchewan artists at City Hall. Note is made of 30 watercolour paintings sent down by Fred Pye (formerly of Estevan) from Edmonton and of a sculpture piece from Saskatoon (Barnett). Oct.29, Oct.30, Nov.1, Nov.3  The show is briefly mentioned in Saskatoon newspaper Oct.30 and I have three photocopies of news items from the Regina Daily Post, Oct. 27, Oct. 30 and Oct.31 below. 


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1929 – Meszaros’ thesis tells us that there was a fall show and work by 187 artists was in it, including 3 sketches by Tom Thomson and 50 by his brother George (p.53).  This suggests a Saskatoon connection because works by these two were then circulating in Saskatoon. (See my post on Saskatoon Art club) Her source was a Regina LCW archival file which I do not have access to.  I have been unable to locate reports of the show in the Leader-Post because the months of September and October, 1929 are missing in the Google News Archive.  The new Women’s Art Association also held a fall show in 1929 and no report of it is available in the Leader Post either.

1920-1928 LCW Annual Exhibitions

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Oct. 27- 31, annual Saskatchewan artists show in which W.G. Hazard’s Balfour Technical School and Regina College Summer School art classes were represented. Leonard Watson of Winnipeg (a former resident of Regina) had 12 etchings and Walter J. Phillips of Winnipeg sent several prints. Show included one sculpture sent by American Evelyn Longman, aunt of Mildred Valley Thornton.  Significant press coverage. Oct.25, Oct.27, Oct. 29a, Oct.29b, Oct.30, Oct.31 Leader Post


Jan. 21 – Part of the annual report of what is now the LCW Arts & Letters committee is published in the news, as is the club’s intention to study Newton McTavish’s recently published Fine Arts in Canada. Jan.30 Leader Post

Oct. 27-31 – annual Saskatchewan artists show has a significant contribution from out of province.  There are 50 paintings from students of A.C. Leighton at the Provincial School of Technology and Art in Calgary. W.G. Hazard and his Balfour Technical High School Students also contributed paintings and drawings. There was a total of 300 or more studies.  Leonard Watson, C.M. Gray and member of the Winnipeg Sketch Club of Winnipeg and Nicholas Grandmaison of Alberta also sent pictures.  Probably the largest exhibition that the LCW ALC ever handled.  Significant press coverage. Oct.27, Oct. 28, Oct. 29, Oct.30, Oct.31 Leader Post


May 25-27 LCW hosts a travelling exhibit from the Society of Canadian Painter-Etchers at a vacant store 1935 Scarth St.  96 works by 28 artists. May 25, May 27 Leader Post

May 31 – a report of an LCW Arts & letters committee meeting where Mrs. Franklin Turnbull spoke on the National Gallery of Canada

Nov 1-6 Annual Exhibition of Saskatchewan artists at City Hall.  Regina Sketch Club sent 40 works. Also A.C. Leighton of Alberta sent 40 and Fred Cross of Brooks, Alberta sent two in addition to works from across the province.   Nov.1, Nov.4, Nov.5 Leader Post


Jan 16 – LCW Arts & Letters Committee presents their collection of Indian beadwork to the Dept. of Public Works for the provincial museum in the Legislature. A case is provided for them in the legislative library.  The minister uses the occasion to request donations to the provincial collection of native historical artifacts and other items of historical importance.  The list of items that the LCW presented is in this Star Phoenix article from Jan. 17.

Apr 11-15 – Travelling exhibition from the National Gallery of Canada of 240 Contemporary British Prints is hosted  & hung  by the LCW at Darke Hall, Regina College.  Mar.29, Apr. 4, Apr.10, Apr.12, Apr.13, Leader Post

Oct. 30 – LCW Arts & Letters Committee announces  in the Leader Post that they have put labels on the sixteen paintings they now own, currently on display at the Regina Public Library

Nov. 2-4 – Annual Saskatchewan Artists Exhibition held at City Hall. Large contingent of artists and well covered in the press.  Mentioned in Saskatoon newspaper.Nov. 3 SSP, Oct. 24Nov.2, Nov.3, Nov.4 Leader Post


May 15-21 – LCW co-sponsors with the Leader Post a travelling exhibition of Punch cartoons arranged by the National Gallery of Canada. Fifty years of Punch magazine’s humour is represented by 175 pictures. The show takes place on the first floor of the Leader Post Building. May 11, May 15 (cannot link to issue, see p.7), May 16.

No annual show reported for 1934 in the LCW reports held in Ethel Barr’s papers and I could find no reference in the Leader Post.


Jan.17 – The Arts & Letters committee reports to the Regina LCW

Oct. 29 – Nov. 2- Annual exhibition of Saskatchewan artists held at Regina College.  Alberta artists A.C. Leighton, Annora Brown and Nicholas Grandmaison show alongside artists from as far away as Prince Albert. Oct.28, Nov.1.


Oct. 19-24, Exhibition of work of James Henderson in the Qu’Appelle room of Regina College. Eighty paintings are displayed. Several are sold. WEC of Regina buys Sunset Glow, Winter for Regina College and mention is made that the WEC already owns a portrait of Chief Weasel Calf (Sioux Indian) by Henderson. The LCW decides to purchase a third Henderson for its collection The Harbour (Cambrae Island) This solo exhibition takes the place of their annual Saskatchewan artists exhibition this year. See artist’s biography under Some early men artists of Saskatchewan post for links relating to this show. Oct.16, Oct.17, Oct.28, Oct.29, Leader-Post

Oct. 29 – The LCW announces that Mrs. W. J. Cameron has taken on the task of writing a history of the Regina LCW updating the 1926 version by Mrs. Bennett.


Jan. 20 – Regina LCW annual meeting report includes a section on the Arts & Letters Committee.

May 31-June 5, Exhibition of 40 paintings by John T. Richardson at Stewart’s Gallery on Hamilton Street. (in aid of clearing up his inventory) See artist’s biography under Some early men artists of Saskatchewan post for links relating to this show.

Nov 16-22, Annual exhibition of Saskatchewan artists at Regina College. Press coverage indicates there was a large section of Kenderdines at the exhibition.  He was the new director of the Regina School of Art located at Regina College. Nov.17, Nov.18, Nov. 19, Nov.20 Leader Post.


Nov 1 – 6, Annual exhibition of Saskatchewan artists at Regina College.  The press coverage is sparse for this one but there were 76 paintings in the exhibition.  Members of the art class at Balfour Tech contributed work to the exhibition. Nov.1,  Nov.2, Nov.3 Leader Post

1930-1938 LCW Annual Exhibitions

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Jan 18  – At the LCW’s annual meeting Mrs. Cameron delivered her survey of the activities of the LCW over the past 12 years from 1926.

Oct 30- Nov 6 – Annual exhibition of Saskatchewan artists at Regina College.  The work of 27 artists is displayed. Oct.31, Nov.2, Nov.3, Nov.4,


Apr. 2-7, Solo exhibition of paintings by Illingworth Kerr at Regina College.  Garnet Hazard writes a review of his work which appears in the editorial page of the newspaper.  See artist’s biography under Some early men artists of Saskatchewan post for links relating to this show.

1940, Nov. 20-25, Annual Exhibition of Saskatchewan Artists at Hotel Saskatchewan, Canadian room. 60 paintings by mainly Saskatoon and Regina artists. Nov.20, Nov.22 Leader Post

1941 Apart from one report on club activities on Jan. 18, I have been unable to find any reference to LCW art committee’s art shows or projects this year. Regina College was used for the war effort in 1941 and perhaps this curtailed any public exhibitions.


Jan. 18 – Annual LCW meeting report features doings of Arts Committee.

Jan.30 – Byzantine Art is studied by LCW Arts Committee

Sep.30 – Lamont speaks on picture appreciation

Oct.19 – Study session on the techniques of painting

Nov. 27- Dec.5 Annual Exhibition of Saskatchewan Artists at the Trading Company Building. Most of the artists reviewed are women artists from Regina Nov.27, Nov.28


Jan 24 – LCW reports that Mrs. W.J. Cameron has updated the history of the organization from 1925 to 1940 and that Mrs. Barr will become the archivist in the future. Executives of committees are announced.  Jan.25

Mar.22 – Study session on Canadian art

Apr.29 – LCW arts and letters committee plans Canadiana shelf at library

Nov 4-Nov 7 – Annual Exhibition at Regina College.  Most of the artists are from Regina. Nov.5, Nov.6 Leader Post


Jan. 18 – Mrs. Barr reports to the Regina LCW on the doings of the Art Centre association that she convenes.

Mar 7-8, Solo exhibition of paintings by Margaret Frame at Regina College, co-sponsored with the WAA. Still life, portrait and Saskatchewan landscape scenes. This is the last solo show the LCW sponsored. See artist’s biography under Some Women Artists in Regina post for link to this show.

May 26,  Progress report from LCW arts committee published.

Nov. 2-8  Annual Saskatchewan Artists Exhibition sponsored under the auspices of the newly formed Regina Federation of Artists was a juried exhibition, adjudicated by A.Y. Jackson. Many of the Federation of Artists members were members of women’s art organizations.  The LCW Arts & Letters Committee was actively involved but was not credited with sponsoring this exhibition, although they obviously gave up their exhibition slot for this effort. Nov.3 (scroll to right), Nov.4 (scroll to left), Nov.6 Leader Post


June 21– LCW Arts & Letters Committee assisted with a large public school art show

In October of 1945 the Regina Local Council of Women was celebrating its 50th anniversary and the arts committee contributed to the celebrations. Oct.13, Oct.16

Nov 6-10, Annual Exhibition at Regina College. Most of the artists are from Regina but Hilda Stewart of Saskatoon contributes.  At the opening a survey is made of the twenty-five years of art exhibitions sponsored by the LWC Arts & Letters Committee, their assistance to the University with travelling exhibitions into the city and mention is made of their collection of 23 paintings hanging in the Regina Public Library.  This exhibition appears to be the last one initiated by the LCW Arts & Letters Committee. Nov.8, Nov.9, Nov.10

1939 to 1945 LCW Annual Exhibitions

LCW 1939-1945

The green shade in the heading Nov. 1944 indicates that the exhibition that year was not actually sponsored by the LCW Art Committee. It was a Federation of Canadian Artists Regina Branch Saskatchewan group exhibition.  However, since they only held one exhibition of this type before 1950, I have included it in the names list here.  See my post on other Regina art groups for more information about this group.


Jan 14  Announcement of Annual meeting and banquet of the LCW where local life members of the National Council of Women and the Local Council are named. Jan. 16 Mrs. Barr’s progress as archivist. Jan. 16b Reports and new life memberships announced.

Jan.21 Educational meeting of Arts & Letters committee


Feb. 8 – An invitation for all Canadian women artists to submit work to the Canadian National Council of Women for an art show to be held in Riverside Museum, New York from Apr 28 – May 18, 1947 appears in the Regina Leader Post.  Only 50 works will be chosen by the independent jury. According to a report for this year, the local committee did not act on this, as they felt there wasn’t enough warning given to organize and get the pictures to Toronto.

Apr 24– Announcement in the Regina Leader Post that Everal Brown has had a painting accepted for the art exhibition in Toronto at the Wakunda Art Centre.  These were some of the better paintings that were not chosen to go to the New York exhibition at Riverside but were given an exhibition in Toronto. Her painting was called Mixed Flowers.  536 paintings were submitted.  The jury chose 75 for New York and 178 for the exhibition in Toronto.

May 19 – Announcement that Prince Albert-based Agnes V. Warren is the only provincial artist whose work was chosen to be in the exhibition of Canadian Women Artists at Riverside Museum in New York.

Jun 10-14 The Regina LCW hosts the National Council of Women’s annual meeting.  Souvenirs in the form of Saskatoon pottery are given to the visiting delegates.  The Arts & Letters Committee arranges an exhibition of arts and crafts and books by Saskatchewan authors for the convention.  No mention in newspaper of who was exhibiting. Representing the Regina arts groups are Mrs. Everal Brown for the Arts & Crafts Society, Nellie MacBeath for the Women’s Art Association, Mrs. Ethel Barr for the Regina Art Centre and Mrs. Annie Darke for the Federation of Canadian Artists, Regina Branch. Jun 7 SSP, Jun 10, Leader Post


May 1 – A request from the Arts & Letters Committee of the Regina LCW appears in the Regina Leader Post asking for books and documents created in Saskatchewan for historical archives in the libraries of Regina.  The Letters section of this committee had concerned itself with this project for some time.


Mar.24 – LCW arts committee arranged for Elsie Dorsey, art supervisor of public schools,  to address the LCW at City Hall

Apr.2 – The Star-Phoenix publishes an announcement that the Canadian Women’s Art Exhibition sponsored by the NCW and  previously shown in New York City opens in Saskatoon at the Art Centre. No follow up commentary that I can find.

Apr. 27 – An announcement is made in the Leader-Post about the Canadian Women’s Art Exhibition sponsored by the NCW being displayed at Eaton’s in Regina.  No follow up to this that I could find. Although, an announcement for the show appeared within the Eaton’s department store ad the same day.

What does not appear in this list is all the study sessions the Arts & Letters Committee undertook. They often picked a theme and studied it at their monthly meetings.  The Arts section met separately from the Letters section in these circumstances as they were studying different things.  Also, I have not included all situations where the LCW acted as an auxiliary hosting group for the University of Saskatchewan’s Regina School of Art with travelling exhibitions after 1936.

Later references to the activities of the LCW Arts & Letters Committee

1955, Aug.4 – The Arts & Letters Committee of the Regina Council of Women organized a special exhibition of women artists’ work for the Golden Jubilee of Saskatchewan which was shown at the fair in Regina.

1978 Jun 24 The Rosemont Gallery curated a show featuring pioneer art groups in Regina, including references to the LCW Arts & Letters Committee. Again, this was to commemorate a celebration, Regina’s 75th anniversary as a city.

LCW Arts committee chairs/conveners

1920-21 Mrs. F. W. Tanner

1922-1928/29? Mrs. Fred (Barbara) Barber

Chair 1930-32 Mrs. A. B. McGill

Chair 1933-35 Mrs. Lorne (Evelyn) Johnson

Chair 1936-37 Mrs. G.C. Cushing

Chair 1938-39   Mrs. G.H. (Ethel) Barr

Chair 1940-43 Mrs. E.W.G. (Jean) Bell

Chair 1944 –47 Mrs. R. J. McDonald

Chair 1948 – 1950s Mrs. G.H. (Ethel)Barr


© Lisa G. Henderson, 2014





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