Victorine Kierstead: A Lost and Found Exhibit
After Tracie approached Cranbrook and District Arts Council with the possibility of an exhibit and sale, several members of the Arts Council became interested in the history of these paintings. Local genealogist David Humphrey took on the task of tracing the origins of this collection of paintings.
It was known that the paintings had belonged to Ron Brown, also known as, ‘The Bead Man of Crawford Bay’. Ron Brown died on February 10, 2006 in Creston, BC. Before obtaining his obituary and with clues from accession forms in the collection of paintings, it was determined that Victorine Kierstead had lived in Toronto during the thirties, forties and fifties. She was an aunt to Ron Brown and had left no recorded family when she died. She was listed as a teacher by profession, living on Howard Street, Toronto in the voters’ list of 1972. On previous voters’ lists she was listed as an artist and then an art teacher. In the collection of work by her was an accession form to the Ontario Museum of Art at a time when the Group of Seven were frequently showing. Their influence can easily be recognised in her work.
|It is unknown if this painting in the collection is a self portrait|
Victorine was actually Alice Victorine Kierstead, born to Victorine Pelland and William Henry Kierstead on August 20th 1913 in Heron Street, Deer Park, Toronto. Her nephew was Ron Brown of Creston, whose mother was Mildred Kierstead, sister to William and married to Russell Brown. It appears Victorine was an artist most of her life for along with her extensive collection of work, submission forms for the Toronto Museum of Art, it has also been determined she was a member of the Watercolour Society of Canada.
The collection of paintings, watercolours, acrylics, silk and block prints is extensive and on loan from owner, Tracie Truscott. Please see our administrator Marisa Philips if interested in purchasing any of those works listed ‘For Sale.’