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Item Name: Painting
Title: Wascana Valley In January
Maker: Dorothy Martin
Year: 1982
Country: Canadian
Materials: oil on canvasboard
Measurements: in frame: 47.5 cm x 63 cm; work: 45.7 cm x 61 cm
ID Number: ART 027
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: Dorothy Martin’s oil painting of “Wascana Valley In January” depicts the prairie landscape near Lumsden, Saskatchewan in the wintertime. Looking at this view, it is easy to imagine the bitter cold wind that tingles the skin and the sound of snow crunching beneath the feet. Although the land appears unoccupied and bare, there is property line marked by a staggered and uneven fence indicating that this is someone’s land, home and source of income. Dorothy Martin and her lifelong friend and fellow painter Ruth Pawson often painted together, taking day-trips to explore the countryside, and to paint out in the landscape. Dorothy Martin (1909-1984) was born in St. Peters, Nova Scotia, before moving to Regina in 1913. She spent the majority of her life in Saskatchewan, combining her love of art with teaching. She earned her teaching certificate at the Teacher’s College, Regina Normal School (1927). She studied visuals arts at the University of Regina (formerly Regina College), mentoring under Augustus Kenderdine (1938-39) and Kenneth Lochhead (1961-62). Martin studied arts education (1962) at the Teacher’s College in Regina, and at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (1964). Returning to Regina, Martin further studied primary art education, and ceramics with Jack Sures (1966-67). Martin worked on the Board of Education as an arts consultant in Regina (1963-1969) until her retirement. She continued to teach studio classes: ceramic and clay at the Hone-James Studio (1969-72) and adult painting at Fort San (1973-75). She passed away in 1984, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. During her lifetime, Martin exhibited artwork provincially; her work is held internationally in private and public collections, including the permanent collections of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Regina Public School Board, Province of Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan House (located in London, England).