|Maud Rees Sherman|
(1900 - 1976)
An artist and the daughter of R.S. Sherman, one of the original developers of Savary Island as a vacation resort in 1910. She began visiting the island in 1908, spending many summers there and painting many images of it.
South Beach looking towards Mace Point by Maud Sherman
1. Click here to read a brief biography of Maud Sherman.
2. She's the subject of a book entitled Looking for Maud by Gary Sim. Here's why he wrote it:
"I became interested in her after purchasing one of her watercolours at an estate auction in 1996. The auctioneer mentioned that she had been a student of Frederick Varley, of the Group of Seven, and I set out to find out when and where she had been his student.
The search turned out to be more difficult than I expected, but I also made many interesting discoveries along the way. Maud had been a founding student in 1925 of the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts (now Emily Carr Institute), and took design and composition classes from Varley after he joined the school in 1926.
Back row from left: Rui Sherman, Maud Sherman, Nancy Hilliam,
Frankie Keefer, Gertrude Keefer, Winnifred Shearman, Art Shearman
Front from left: Geoff Wootten, Phil Wootten, Ossie Wootten, Florence Connington. (1915)
Source: Magnetic Isle
Maud and her father Ruiter Stinson Sherman were also Charter Members of the B.C. Art League, a group founded to help create both the art school and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
The Shermans were also members of other arts and nature groups, and the two of them wrote and illustrated scores of stories published in School Days magazine and in schoolbooks published by J.M. Dent and Sons, as well as other journals.
The Sherman family was important to the development of art, natural history, and education in Vancouver and British Columbia, and the descendants of the family continue to contribute to this day."
Click here to read a chapter.