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Tea & Tales Historic Artists in Pemberton Rene Ronayne, Pat Wilson, Marjory Gimse

Tea & Tales Historic Artists – Rene Ronayne, Pat Wilson, Marjory Gimse Aug 20th 2019

Join us tomorrow from 2-4pm for Historic Artists in Pemberton - Rene Ronayne, Pat Wilson and Marjory Gimse. 

Our theme this year is Local Art: Past & Present.

So what is Art?  Art is defined as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, and includes the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.

Why is Art is important?  Art reflects and informs the culture from which it emerges.  Art created reflects a time and a place and the values and beliefs of that place.  Art can be considered a mirror that is held up to inspire reflection on what is…, and what was.  Art can communicate thoughts and ideas across generations.

In the past, local art wasn't the exception, it was the reality. Communicating and growing beyond local borders was largely impossible. Today we can communicate with nearly anyone, anywhere. However it is Local Art that gives a community meaning and a sense of place and so it remains an important aspect of any community.  Integrating the arts more fully into our lives enriches each of us because engaging in the arts brings individuals together, and it fosters community.

Today’s program features the museum supervisor Teresa Smith, who has some special connections to the museum and one of the artists featured in this tale. Teresa moved back to Pemberton this summer and we’re lucky to have her with us. Teresa is also a genealogy guide for those looking into their family histories and has prepared some excellent research on the three artists we’re highlighting today – Pat Wilson, Rene Ronayne and Marjory Gimse.

These local artists captured the nature of Pemberton & District through their artistic pursuits and their love of the area shines through.

Thanks to all of you for supporting the Tea & Tale program.


Reneronayne _mural


Rene Ronayne mural of Pemberton comissioned by the Board of Trade.  This mural was used at  Agricultural Fairs in the 1940s. Rene also wrote the book "Beyond Garibaldi" published in the 1970s.  Rene was a daughter of John Ronayne.


Pat Wilson was a farmer.  He enlisted and died in WW2.  He was a talented watercolour artist.  This is a painting he did of W.C. Green's house in the 1930s.  Pat also donated the lands that are now the Upper Valley cemetary.


Marjory Gimse was a natural artist who loved the history of the area.  She was the first museum president from 1982-1990 and captured many old scenes and buildings in pen and ink that are a historical treasure today.