Thursday, May 8, 2014

Mary Feesey at Dales Gallery

 The Mary Feesey Show
 Opening Reception : Sat. May 10 @ 1 pm 
In January 2014 Mary celebrated her 90th birthday with a houseful of family and friends, food and wine!  Currently she is still painting!

During her school years Mary received training from several inspiring art teachers, including classes with Arthur Lismer at the Toronto Art Gallery in 1937 as a 14 year old.  From then on she went to many evening classes to continue her studies in drawing and painting including 3 years at the Ontario College of Art.

All through the years of raising a family Mary managed to keep on painting and drawing and exhibiting.  Her husband, the late Arthur Feesey, loved to canoe and camp enabling Mary to photograph and sketch ‘en plein aire’ in good weather and painting indoors in the winter months. Her landscapes and nature scenes have been strongly influenced by the Group of Seven.

In 1970 the Feeseys drove across Canada and moved into the North Saanich area.  Mary quickly connected with the local artist community and for 43 years she has been an active member of the Saanich Peninsula Arts Crafts Society (SPAC), including serving as president and in various other executive positions.

Throughout the 1970’s and 80’s she showed her work in many shows:

1979-1989 with the Federation of Canadian Artists
1981 Art Auction, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
1983 Art Show at City Hall, Victoria
1985-1987 in the Gazebo Gallery
1991 in the Sooke Fine Arts
2000 a one-woman show at the Laurel Point Inn
SPAC shows every year including 2014

In 2012 Mary, along with four others, was honoured by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula as one of the “Early Arts Leaders”.

Mary paints in both oils and watercolours and in later years she experimented with pastels.  Her work is in private collections across Canada, the US, England and Mexico.

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