1940 – 1941

September 01, 1940 – August 31, 1941

Administration

As elected at the fifth annual meeting in May 1940:

President:  John N. Meagher
Vice-President, New Brunswick:  Norman A. Hesler
Vice-President, Nova Scotia:  Walter Abell
Vice-President, Prince Edward Island:  Jacqueline MacDonald
Secretary:  Margaret Hibbert
Treasurer:  W.R. Pheeney

Ex-officio members of the Executive:
Miss Jean Byers, Nova Scotia,  Mrs. Otto Miller for St. Andrews, James E. Harris for Prince Edward Island.

Exhibition Committee:  Andrew Cobb
Stanley Royle
Julia Crawford

Programme Committee:  Violet A. Gillett
Helen Beals
Mrs. G.A. Taylor

Editorial Committee:  Walter Abell
Madeline Coughey
Ruth Heartz

Notes
In September 1940 Walter Abell writes to member groups soliciting submissions to the first issue of what will become the magazine Maritime Art.

Walter Abell attends the conference “The Place of the Arts in American Education,” sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and held there in early December.

In a February 04, 1941 letter H.O. MCurry advises John Meagher to apply for a Carnegie grant renewal:  “I think you deserve a Carnegie grant and I would suggest that you definitely apply for a renewal as I think I recommended in a letter to you dated October 07, 1938.”   (Letter from H.O. McCurry to John Meagher dated February 04,1941.)

John Meagher writes to H.O. MCCurry his intention to “link up” Newfoundland with the MAA.  (Letter Meagher to McCurry April 09, 1941.)

In a May 17, 1941 letter to Frederick Keppel, President of the Carnegie Corporation, New York, McCurry advises Keppel on disbursement of remaining grant funds.  Recipients would include the Maritime Art Association for $1250.00 for each of two years for a total of $2500.00.

Five exhibitions during for 1940-1941 exhibition season

Assembled by the Maritime Art Association:

Work of Maritime Artists
This year’s judge was Louis Muhlstock.

Exhibition touring itinerary (chronology not known):
Acadia University
Moncton Art Society
Saint John Art Club
Saint John Vocational School
Sackville Art Association
Netherwood School
Provincial Normal School, Fredericton
Fredericton Art Club
Prince Edward Island Art Society
St. Andrews Arts and Letters Club
Four Halifax member groups

Assembled by the National Gallery of Canada:

Canadian Royal Academy
Exhibition touring itinerary (chronology not known):
Sackville Art Associaltion
Netherwood School
Fredericton Art Club
Halifax Groups

Canadian Water Colours
Exhibition touring itinerary (chronology not known):
Acadia University
Sackville Art Association
Saint John Art Club
Saint John Vocational School
Netherwood School
Lord Amherst Chapter of the I.O.D.E., Amherst
Prince Edward Island Art Society

Photographic Salon
Acadia University
Saint John Art Club
Sackville Art Association
Louisburg Chapter of the I.O.D.E., Sydney
Four Halifax Groups

London County Council Children’s Drawing
Acadia University
Saint John Art Club
Sackville Art Association
Fredericton Art Club
Prince Edward Island Art Society

Sixth Annual Meeting

22-24 May 1941, Saint John, New Brunswick.

22 May –   First Session to take place in the studio of Daniel Edwin (Ted) Campbell,
147 Prince William Street.
7:30 –   9:30 p.m. Business meeting

9:45 – 11:00 p.m. Saint John Art Club Marionettes.
Exhibition of work by Saint John Artists.

23 May –  Second session.  New Brunswick Provincial Museum and Saint John
Vocational School.
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Business meeting.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Exhibition of Work by Students of Saint John
Vocational School.

12:15 p.m. –   1:15 p.m. Luncheon.

1:15 p.m.  –   1.45 p.m. Third session.  Talk on Child Art by D. Edwin (Ted)
Campbell, Instructor of Art, Provincial Normal
School.
Illustrated by Exhibition of Work by Children of New
Brunswick.

2:00 p.m.  –   2:30 p.m. Unfinished business.

2:30 p.m. –    3:30 p.m. Tour of the provincial Museum under the direction
of Mrs. Clarence Webster.

3:30 p.m.  –   4:00 p.m. Tea (Guests of Alice (Mrs Clarence) Webster).

4:10 p.m. Embark for a visit to the Deichmann Pottery
by way of Milledgeville ferry to Summerside.
Supper at Pottery by Saint John Art Club.
Return by Gondola Point ferry,  Rothesay,
and Renforth.

24 May –   Fourth session.
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Executive and Committee meetings.

Election of Officers for 1941 -1942

President:  John N. Meagher
Vice-President, New Brunswick:  Julia Crawford
Vice-President, Nova Scotia:  John Bradford
Vice-President, Prince Edward Island:  Jacqueline MacDonald
Secretary:  Margaret Hibbert
Treasurer:  W.R. Pheeney

Editor, Maritime Art:  Walter Abell

Ex-officio members of the Executive:
Miss Jean Byers, Nova Scotia,  Mrs. Otto Miller for St. Andrew’s, James E. Harris for Prince Edward Island.

Notes
Due to illness, President John Meagher was unable to attend the opening evening of the MAA’s sixth annual meeting; Walter Abell took the chair and read Meagher’s President’s Report in his stead.

As in his 1939 President’s Report, John Meagher began the 1940 version by noting the restrictions imposed on the MAA’s exhibition activities due to the current war.  However, Meagher added that member groups themselves were also greatly responsible for such disappointments as they lagged in choosing exhibitions, thus necessitating the NGC filling other requests for these exhibitions.  It was put forth that a definite exhibition schedule for the forthcoming season be in place by the annual meetings end.

Meagher proposes an exchange of exhibitions with the “Ancient Colony” (Newfoundland).  The NGC supports the idea of such an exchange, and is willing to make its travelling exhibitions available to Newfoundland.

Owing to the war, the anticipated visit from British lecturer J.E. Barton did not occur, and hopes that Arthur Lismer might revisit the Maritime provinces in the summer of 1940 were also dashed.  However, Meagher took the vantage that the coming year would hold greater prospects for visiting lecturers.

John Meagher notes that at the last annual meeting, member groups were encouraged to contact those areas of the Maritime provinces as yet unaffiliated with the MAA.*  The suggestion seems to have gone unheeded, as there have been no “appreciable results.”
*This resolution is not in the documentation of the 1939 annual meeting at hand.  (Maritime Art Association annual Meeting, Saint John, New Brunswick, President’s Report p. 2)

It was suggested that the experiment of an Exhibition Committee be discarded due to the impracticality of its members residing at such distances from one another.

Several member groups have again been involved in championing Children’s Art.  Meagher suggests the possibility of asking the NGC for an exhibition of Children’s Art annually, to show at those centres that most encourage the practice.

Meagher refers to the publication Maritime Art as “the main activity of the season,” and suggests the magazine could become “more representative and perhaps a national publication.”  (Maritime Art Association annual Meeting, Saint John, New Brunswick, President’s Report p. 3)

At the following morning’s session, Madeline Coughey requested some summer exhibitions for the St. Andrews member group, as their exhibition space is unheated in winter.

In a letter sent to that morning’s session, John Meagher suggests that each member group have its own publicity office; he also suggested that subscriptions of Maritime Art be purchased and sent to military base recreation rooms as a diversion for the facility’s inhabitants.  Meagher goes on to write that he foresees a time when the staff of the magazine will collect salaries.

Walter Abell initiated discussion of the possibility of a national magazine, to be published more centrally in Ottawa or Toronto, and asked the delegates whether they would wish to take part in it.  This would mean the MAA’s  relinquishing Maritime Art and participating in the national magazine by contributing articles; a vote was passed against the proposal.

It was proposed the the MAA’s next annual meeting take place in Fredericton.

Notes
In letter to Madeline Coughey dated June 26, 1941, John Meagher notes that he and Walter Abell recently met about Abell’s impending visit to H.O. McCurry in regard to a Carnegie grant for Maritime Art.

A short item in the Halifax Daily Star of July 31, 1941 accuses H.O. McCurry of treating Nova Scotia art interests dismissively. A large travelling exhibition from the National Gallery in London called Britain at War will be shown in Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal; the article mistakenly adds it will also travel to “some western cities.”  H.O. McCurry explains the misquote in a letter to the editor of the Halifax Daily Star dated August 19, adding the fact of the lack of an appropriate venue in the Maritimes to house this enormous exhibition.