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Limners fonds Series
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25th anniversary exhibition

This series consists of records created in the planning and carrying out of the Limners’ 25th anniversary at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 1996. It includes planning records and a photocopy of the exhibit guest book.

Financial records

This series consists of records related to the Victoria Limners Society’s financial accounts and date from 1972 to 2008. It includes a ledger entitled “Journal of the Victoria Limners Society” kept by society secretaries Niki Pavelic (1972-?), Sylvia Sketon (1980-?) and Jan Grove (1986-), as well as bank statements from the Society’s account.

Graphic materials and publications

This series consists of publications and graphic material by and about members of the Victoria Limners Society. Included in this series are three different editions of the publication “The Limners” published by Pharos Press in 1972, 1978 and 1981 which was sold at Limners exhibitions and elsewhere. These booklets begin with an introduction by Robin Skelton on the Limners as a whole, then turns to describing each artist individually, with a sketch of each artist made by Myfanwy Pavelic, a short biography, and an image of one of the artist’s works. This series also contains a print proof of a 1967 monograph called Inscriptions written by Robin Skelton with drawings by Herbert Siebner. Additionally, several newspaper clippings related to the Limners can be found in this series. Amongst the graphic materials are photographs and promotional material such as posters and invitations to Limner exhibitions. Twenty photographs can be in this series including photographs showing various Limner exhibitions and events, including the inaugural Limner exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 1973, Max Bates’ birthday party in 1974. Some of these images also appear in Patricia Bovey’s book on the Limners, A Passion for Art: The Art and Dynamics of the Limners.

Letters

This series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Victoria Limners Society from 1972 to 2008, excluding the years 1982-1983 which appear to be missing. The records relate to group exhibitions; memberships; the video about the Limners produced by Agustin Luviano-Cordero; and the book about the Limners entitled A Passion for Art: The Art and Dynamics of the Limners written by Patricia Bovey. There are also a number of meeting minutes on the same subjects interspersed in this series.

The exhibition correspondence relates to the arrangement, promotion and carrying out of various Limner shows, including the Limners’ 25th anniversary exhibition in 1996. It contains correspondence with various art galleries, financial records, shipping lists, invitations, and some marketing materials (e.g. information on individual Limner artists, press releases and some press clippings). There are also nine photographs from the Limner exhibition that travelled on the Atlantic Provinces Art Circuit in 1975 from Confederation Art Gallery in Charlottetown, PEI, to Universite de Moncton, New Brunswick Museum, Memorial University Art Gallery, and the University of New Brunswick Art Centre.

The membership correspondence relates to the arrangement of society meetings, briefings on members’ activities, incoming and outgoing members, including one color photograph and curriculum vitae of Jack Wilkinson upon his acceptance into the Limners.

Correspondence also relates to a video about the Limners which was produced by Agustin Luviano-Cordero. In particular, the letters relate to the production, marketing and airing of this video, and includes a post production contract and copyright agreements signed by individual Limner members.

Correspondents include individual Limner members, especially Sylvia Skelton, who acted as secretary for the Limners for several years, as well as the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Winchester Gallery in Victoria, Agustin Luviano-Cordero, Patricia Bovey, Confederation Centre for the Arts (Charlottetown, PEI) and several others.

Minutes

This series consists of minutes from meetings held by the Victoria Limners Society from 1972 to 2008, excluding any minutes from 1983, 1986 and 1992 which are missing. These records document the activities around group exhibitions, including the Limners’ 25th anniversary exhibition, the production, marketing and airing of Agustin Luviana-Cordero’s video on the Limners; and Patricia Bovey’s book on the Limners A Passion for Art: The Art and Dynamics of the Limners, Additional subject matter includes treasurer’s reports and possible sources of government funding, memberships, various Limners’ individual activities and the Limners’ tree and stone plaque planted in Oak Bay Park in 2001 (as seen in a colour printout of the Limners with the tree and plaque).

Society filings

This series consists of records related to the Victoria Limners Society’s status as a non-profit society under the the Societies Act of British Columbia dating from 1972 to 2008. It includes a receipt book for membership dues, annual reports with financial information attached which were submitted yearly to the government of British Columbia, the certificate of incorporation and the Victoria Limners Society’s constitution. Also, miscellaneous minutes and financial records can be found in this series.