Early art scene presentation on Feb. 27 at museum

Carla Allen
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The final presentation for heritage month at the Yarmouth County Museum will feature the early art scene in the county.

Painted china by artists from the last century will be included in a presentation by Virginia Stoddard and David Sollows at the Yarmouth County Museum on Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Virginia Stoddard says learning that several “very accomplished, recognized artists” produced paintings on china, piqued her interest in the subject. 

The art form was popular in the late Victorian era and continued to the 1930s.

It was a way for respectable women to earn income by selling pieces, and/or by giving classes at their homes or studios.

 “In learning more about the art, I’m impressed by the careful patience needed and also the degree of artistic judgement and talent involved,” said Stoddard.

She says that the artists to be featured in the presentation - Sadie Allan, Louisa Lewis Dudman, Hilda Allen, Mary Ross Kelly, Louisa Durkee Lewis, Ruth Lewis, and Anna Lucy Kelley - are interesting. Several studied in the United States and in Europe and brought their knowledge back to Yarmouth.

“All added to the cultural life here.  Their stories should be known,” she said.

Co-presenter David Sollows says the evening will include a brief introduction to the art form as well as the story of the Cabot commemorative state dinner service intended for Rideau Hall and Yarmouth's connection to it through Anna Kelley.

Changing styles are represented in the museum’s collection. 

The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. 


Geographic location: United States, Europe, Yarmouth

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