James Bay in Victoria in Capital, British Columbia — Canada’s West Coast (North America)
Born December 13, 1871 • Died March 2, 1945
— "Our Emily" —
Victoria-born Emily Carr is British Columbia's most famous artist. Her art and writings are recognized across Canada. Emily grew up with a passion for art and a love of nature, especially animals. After high school she studied art in San Francisco. Later she travelled to England and France to refine her style. A trip to the native village of Ucluelet in 1899 opened the world of Aboriginal culture that inspired her to paint images of the vanishing totem poles in their natural setting.
An art exibit in Eastern Canada in 1927 brought her to the attention of a wider public. Carr's later paintings drew inspiration from the deep forest itself, painted in vivid strokes of colour. After 1939, when ill health curtailed her painting, she turned to writing, winning the Governor General's award in 1941 for Klee Wyck. She went on to publish more books and win new recognition as a writer.
Emily Carr celebrated the British Columbia landscape in an original and vigorous way, from the "turmoil of growth" to the "space and glory of the sky." A person of deep spirituality, she reflected upon nature and humanity. She is a kindred spirit
"To have been permitted to give pleasure by writing and painting the plain simple things of my life fills me with the deepest gratitude."
October 13, 2010
Dedicated to honour Victoria's best-known citizen,
eminent artist and acclaimed writer, Emily Carr
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Created by sculptor Barbara Paterson, Emily Carr is seated outdoors, an open sketchbook on her lap, with her monkey Woo on her shoulder and her dog Billie next to her. "Our Emily" invites you to pat Woo or Billie and to visit her childhood home "Emily Carr House" in the neighbourhood of James Bay.
Erected 2010 by Govt of Canada, Prov of British Columbia, Parks & Rec Foundation of Victoria, Shaw, et al.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Women. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1866.
Location. 48° 25.244′ N, 123° 22.113′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital. It is in James Bay. Marker is at the intersection of Government Street and Belleville Street, on the right when traveling north on Government Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 Government Street, Victoria BC V8W 1W5, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking The Netherlands Carillon / History of the Carillon (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Victoria (within shouting distance of this marker); To Our Glorious Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); Tsukuba (within shouting distance of this marker); Kwakiutl Bear Pole (within shouting distance of this marker); Capt. James Cook, R.N. (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Empress Hotel (about 120 meters away); The Parade of Ships (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
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Also see . . . Emily Carr: To The Totem Forests. (Submitted on June 14, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 642 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 14, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.