Val Lem at the Ryerson University Library, called to my attention an artist, Rowena Gross, who attended the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Art in 1927-28, and published in The Paint Box, a school publication intended to advance interest in the decorative arts, especially in BC.

What makes Rowena Gross particularly interesting to our project is that she also illustrated Lilies and Leopards (Ryerson, 1935) by Annie Charlotte Dalton, as well as designing the cover for Dalton’s The Call of the Carillon (posted earlier on our website).

Val sent me a link to the complete run of The Paint Box, which has been digitized by the Emily Carr University of Art + Design here in Vancouver, so I have diligently gleaned the names of all of the contributors so we could add the women authors to our Database of Canada’s Early Women Writers. The volumes may be useful for artists’ biographers, as they list the names and addresses of students; the 1930 volume also provides short biographies of some graduates. It appears, though, that our Rowena attended for only two years before branching out into her artistic career. I am only beginning to research the finer details of her life, which will be available in our project in a few weeks. The point of this posting is to share with you the comprehensive index of contributors to The Paint Box during its five-year run.

The index below lists all authors and artists identified by name. Dates in isolation indicate a written contribution; other contributions (art, executive committee rolls) are labelled on a separate line.

In addition to the index, I wanted to share this image with you. Each volume has two pages for autographs; in the Emily Carr collection, only in volume 2 (1927) have the autograph pages been used.

An Index to The Paint Box (1926-1930)

 

A Student Potter 1928
Amess, Fred 1928; 1929; 1930
cover design, 1928; woodcut, 1928; linoleum cut, 1929
Atkins, Violet; as Vi Atkins 1929
Bell-Irving, B. 1926
Binning, Bertram 1930
business manager, 1930
Brown, Louise 1930
Carter, Edith 1926
Carter, Margaret 1930
Cianci, Vito; also as V.S. Cianci 1926; 1927; 1928; 1930
editor, 1927; woodcut, 1928
Corry, Margaret 1926; 1927
Cummings, Parke poem from Saturday Evening Post, 1927
Cuppage, E.M.; also as Mrs. Cuppage 1929
Currie, Ada F. 1928; 1929
woodcut, 1928; linoleum cut, 1929
Davey, Brenda 1926
De Pencier, Betty 1927
Erb, Marion linoleum cut, 1930
Farley, Lillias woodcut, 1928
Farmer, Madge 1927; 1928; 1929
editor, 1929; woodcut, 1928; linoleum cut, 1929
Findlater, Betty 1929
Fisher, Orville linoleum cut, 1930
Fowler, P.M. 1926
Fuller, Phoebe linoleum cut, 1929
Gatewood, Frances V. 1926; 1927; 1928
Gordon, Mary linoleum cut, 1930
Gostick, Marg linoleum cut, 1929
Gross, Rowena 1927; 1928
editorial staff, 1928
Harris, Irene E. 1929
editorial staff, 1929, 1930; linoleum cut, 1929, 1930
Harrison, Katherine 1927; 1928
cover designer, 1927; business manager 1928; woodcut, 1928
Hensman, Dorothy 1926; 1927; 1928
Herchmer, Laurencia A. 1927
Hill, Sybil 1927; 1928
editor, 1928; woodcut, 1928
(often about First Nations: those Hills?)
Hoffar, Irene 1930
woodblock design, 1928; linoleum cut design, 1929; linoleum cut 1930
I.E.H.; likely Irene Harris 1930
I.W. 1930
Jensen, Maude 1926
woodblock design, 1928
Johnson, Ruby; also as R.J., R. Johnson, and Ruby Johnston 1927; 1929
King, Hermione 1926
business manager, 1926
Kirkpatrick, Phillis M.; also as Phyllis 1926; 1927; 1929
woodblock design, 1928; linoleum cut, 1929
Lennie, Beatrice; also B. Lennie and Bee Lennie 1927; 1928; 1930
Lewis, Margaret 1928
woodcut, 1928
Lyne, Marjorie 1929
cover design, 1929
M.A.L. 1927
M.C. 1930
MacDonald, Ione; linoleum cut, 1930
MacDonald, J.W.G. 1927; 1928
MacIntosh, H. 1927
MacPherson, Alice M.; also as Grease-Monkey Al Mac in 1930 1929; 1930
linoleum cut, 1929
Marega, Charles 1926
Mason, Dorothy linoleum cut, 1929
McGregor, E. 1927
McKechnie, Eleanor 1929
Meilleur, Peter business manager, 1927; editorial staff, 1928; woodcut, 1928
Melvin, Grace W. 1928. 1929; 1930
Moore, Ellen M. 1926; cover design, 1926; cartoon sketches
Moore, Rosalie linoleum cut, 1930
One Who Knows 1930
Park, Marjorie K. 1928; 1929
Park, Norma linoleum cut, 1930
Patterson, Monica 1930
Pluto 1927
Priestman, Roger B. 1927
Quinn, Bert 1927
assistant business manager, 1927
Robertson, Masie linoleum cut, 1929; woodcut, 1930; cover design, 1930
Scott, Charles H. 1927; 1928
Sharland, Mrs. T.J. 1927
Sharpe, Alice editorial staff, 1929; woodblock design, 1928; linoleum cut, 1929
Sherman, Maud 1926; 1927
woodcut, 1928
Smith, Kate A.; Mrs. Frank Hoole 1928; 1929
linoleum cut, 1929; linoleum cut, 1930
Sutherland, Mary B. 1926; 1927; 1928
The Potter 1928
Tisdall, Dorothy A.; also as D.A.T. and Pindy Tisdall 1929; 1930
business manager, 1929 (Pindy Tisdall)
moved to Kamloops after graduation
Turpin, Dorothy editorial staff, 1928, 1930
Tweedie, Edith 1929; 1930
editorial staff, 1930
Underwood, Evelyn linoleum cut, 1929
Vanderpant, J. 1928
Varley, F.H[orsman] 1927; 1928
Vera, Ada and Theodore 1928
Walker, Eula B.; “alias ‘Peter at the Dam’” 1928; 1929; 1930
Ware, Ruth; also Ruth Ware Notzle, and R.W.N.
1927; 1929; 1930
editorial staff, 1929
married Clifford Arthur Notzle, 27 Sept 1930
Weatherbee, Vera woodcut, 1928; linoleum cut, 1929
Weston, Betty woodcut, 1928
Wilcox, Laura linoleum cut, 1930
Williams, Margaret; also M.A.W., Margaret A. Williams, and M.A. Williams 1926; 1927; 1928; 1929
editor, 1926; woodcut, 1928
moved to Los Angeles, CA, after graduation