Monday, April 1, 2013

Another great Herstory piece - 6 more days to see it!

Alison Newton (1890-1967), Market Stalls, c.1940-1949, watercolour, 25.4 x 30.5 cm. Photo: Larry Glawson.
Born in Scotland, Alison Newton attended art school in Edinburgh. She arrived in Winnipeg with her parents in 1910 and was hired as an advertising and catalogue illustrator for the T. Eaton Company. When the production of the Eaton’s catalogue was taken over by Brigdens in 1914, she worked for them as a detail artist until she married two years later. After that time, Newton took courses at the Winnipeg School of Art and was able to focus on her artistic career. Newton was an accomplished watercolourist who studied privately under Walter J. Phillips. Her images of Winnipeg, Gonor and Lake of the Woods, created in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, have been exhibited locally and across Canada. Newton is best-known for charming scenes that portray immigrants from various cultures engaging in tasks of daily life: working in fields, grading vegetables, washing clothes and, as in this scene, attending market stalls. Newton moved to Toronto in 1952, where she lived until her death. [Source: (Re)Visiting the Collection: Selections of Manitoba Art from The University of Winnipeg (Winnipeg: Gallery 1C03, 1998): 23.]

 You only have 6 more days to view this work and others in the exhibition Herstory: Art by Women in The University of Winnipeg Collection at Gallery 1C03.

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