The Art of Sophie PembertonAugust 20, 1999 - August 20, 1999
Sophie Pemberton worked in oils and concentrated on portraiture in an age when young ladies of society were supposed to do nothing more than dabble in watercolour landscapes.
Her interest in painting developed early and, at the ager of twelve, her work was being publicly exhibited. Overcoming her parents reservations, she enrolled in the Slade School. She furthered her studies in Paris where, in 1899, she was the first woman to receive the gold medal awarded annually for the best work done in all 27 student ateliers. Sophie Pemberton was BC?s first native-born painter to achieve professional distinction, and she continues to occupy a significant place in the artistic history of this province.
The Gallery displays for the first time recently-purchased significant archival materials relating to Sophie.