Colin Paul

 Yarmouth Ns Watercolour By Listed Artist Lucy Jarvis


Very nice diminutive watercolour by important Nova Scotia painter Lucy Jarvis, entitled " Road To The Point " . Signed and framed, this work measures 14.5 " wide by 9.5 inches high framed, with the image size 9 inches wide by 3.75 inches high.


Lucy Mary Hope Jarvis was born in Toronto on 27 July 1896, the first of five children of Edward William Jarvis and his wife, Kate Agnes Harris. E.W. Jarvis entered UNB in 1881 and later became associated with the Bank of Montreal, moving the family within the Maritimes and to various locations in southwestern Ontario. Lucy Jarvis was introduced to the world of art as a child in Yarmouth, N.S. and later continued her studies in Toronto where she attended Havergal Ladies College (Class of 1914). Between 1925 and 1929 she studied at the Art School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

While in Fredericton in 1940, Lucy, along with fellow artist Pegi Nicol MacLeod and Margaret MacKenzie, wife of UNB President Norman MacKenzie, worked to transform the long-unused UNB Observatory into an art centre. During the war years, in addition to her teaching and mentoring activities at the Art Centre, Ms. Jarvis operated a rural circuit for the National Film Board War Information Service, showing films throughout rural New Brunswick. From 1944-1946 she was also an art instructor at the Provincial Normal School in Fredericton. In 1946 Lucy Jarvis became a full-time member of the UNB Faculty as Director of Art, a position she retained until 1960. She had spent a sabbatical year of 1954-1955 in France. After leaving UNB, Ms. Jarvis was awarded a Canada Council Fellowship grant which enabled her to spend more time abroad, travelling and studying in various European studios.

Upon her return to Canada, Lucy Jarvis settled at Pembroke Dyke near Yarmouth in Nova Scotia where she continued to paint and play an active role in the arts community. To celebrate its 45th anniversary in 1985, the UNB Art Centre presented an exhibition entitled "Visual Experiences of Lucy Jarvis" which included a chronological assemblage of more than seventy works covering Ms. Jarvis's creative period from 1930-1983. Her work is represented in many private collections, and in the collections of the University of New Brunswick, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the New Brunswick Museum, and the University of Toronto. Lucy Jarvis died on 24 May 1985 at Yarmouth in her 89th year and is buried in Saint John.