Burden, Laura

Burden, Laura
landscape acrylic painting

landscape acrylic painting

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A landscape acrylic painting with a detached wooden frame that was painted by Teresa (nee Lokken) Summerskill and it was donated by Laura Burden. The painting depicts a meadow landscape (flowers, hills, pine trees) with mountains at the top and a river below the hills (having gray, green, yellow, brown, blue, red, purple, and white tinges). Teresa (Geraldine) (nee Lokken) Summerskill's parents were Jake Lokken and Vivian Lokken (who emigrated from Norway in 1930). She was born on November 11, 1924 and died on July 1, 2018 at the age of 93 after a brief battle of cancer. She married (Albert) Bert Summerskill and they built a house in Squamish during the 1930s and lived there all their lives. Beforehand, they raised their twins; Gail and Donald (Donny), in Pemberton for 4 years then moved and settled permanently in Squamish, where they welcomed their second son, Vern. Teresa was widely known for her "folk art" paintings, especially on saws, and was famed locally. Teresa had a passion for Norwegian history and was an active member for many years of the Sons of Norway, the Squamish Chapter Odin No. 95, and was also extensively involved in the Norwegian sector of the International Festival during the 1970s and 1980s. Another passion Teresa loved was music, as she played the accordion, piano, and the mouth harp. She also did all the maintenance work on her house after Bert's death, and participated in the Better Homes and Gardens with her rosebushes and her garden was famed as well. Laura Burden was her daughter-in-law and married Vern Summerskill. Vern had two sons named Brendan and Brody from a prior marriage, and Laura and Vern had a daughter, named Kelda Summerskill.

Date of Object:

ca. 1930s

Accession #:

021.10.01

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mountain landscape acrylic painting

mountain landscape acrylic painting

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A mountain landscape acrylic painting with a wooden frame that was painted by Teresa (nee Lokken) Summerskill and it was donated by Laura Burden. The painting depicts large mountains with a forest and an ocean near the bottom (having blue, gray, white, and green tinges). On the back of the frame has a tag that reads below "Intercraft Industries of Canada, LTD.", which may indicate where the wooden frame was manufactured. Teresa (Geraldine) (nee Lokken) Summerskill's parents were Jake Lokken and Vivian Lokken (who emigrated from Norway in 1930). She was born on November 11, 1924 and died on July 1, 2018 at the age of 93 after a brief battle of cancer. She married (Albert) Bert Summerskill and they built a house in Squamish during the 1930s and lived there all their lives. Beforehand, they raised their twins; Gail and Donald (Donny), in Pemberton for 4 years then moved and settled permanently in Squamish, where they welcomed their second son, Vern. Teresa was widely known for her "folk art" paintings, especially on saws, and was famed locally. Teresa had a passion for Norwegian history and was an active member for many years of the Sons of Norway, the Squamish Chapter Odin No. 95, and was also extensively involved in the Norwegian sector of the International Festival during the 1970s and 1980s. Another passion Teresa loved was music, as she played the accordion, piano, and the mouth harp. She also did all the maintenance work on her house after Bert's death, and participated in the Better Homes and Gardens with her rosebushes and her garden was famed as well. Laura Burden was her daughter-in-law and married Vern Summerskill. Vern had two sons named Brendan and Brody from a prior marriage, and Laura and Vern had a daughter, named Kelda Summerskill.

Date of Object:

ca. 1930s

Accession #:

021.10.02

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child portrait of Sidsel Ross

child portrait of Sidsel Ross

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An acrylic portrait painting with a gold painted wooden frame of Sidsel (nee Gimse) Ross when she was a child (roughly estimated age around 9-10 years) painted in 1930 by Teresa (nee Lokken) Summerskill and it was donated by Laura Burden. Teresa (Geraldine) (nee Lokken) Summerskill's parents were Jake Lokken and Vivian Lokken (who emigrated from Norway in 1930). She was born on November 11, 1924 and died on July 1, 2018 at the age of 93 after a brief battle of cancer. She married (Albert) Bert Summerskill and they built a house in Squamish during the 1930s and lived there all their lives. Beforehand, they raised their twins; Gail and Donald (Donny), in Pemberton for 4 years then moved and settled permanently in Squamish, where they welcomed their second son, Vern. Teresa was widely known for her "folk art" paintings, especially on saws, and was famed locally. Teresa had a passion for Norwegian history and was an active member for many years of the Sons of Norway, the Squamish Chapter Odin No. 95, and was also extensively involved in the Norwegian sector of the International Festival during the 1970s and 1980s. Another passion Teresa loved was music, as she played the accordion, piano, and the mouth harp. She also did all the maintenance work on her house after Bert's death, and participated in the Better Homes and Gardens with her rosebushes and her garden was famed as well. Laura Burden was her daughter-in-law and married Vern Summerskill. Vern had two sons named Brendan and Brody from a prior marriage, and Laura and Vern had a daughter, named Kelda Summerskill. The colours of the portrait have apricot, red, pink, blue, yellow, and brown tinges.

Date of Object:

1930

Accession #:

021.10.03

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folk art painting

folk art painting

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An acrylic folk art painting with a metal silver frame painted in 1978 by Teresa Summerskill and it was donated by Laura Burden. On the back of the frame reads "Artist's Canvas Board - Winsor and Newton", implying that was where the canvas was manufactured from. The floral patterning of the painting is represented as "rosemaling", or also known as "rose painting/decorative painting", in which it is from Norwegian origin and is a mix between Dutch painting and traditional folk art. It was named "rosemaling/rose painting/decorative painting" since during the 17th to 18th century, various artists painted roses and other types of flowers. The three main styles of this specific folk art are called Telemark, Hallingdal, and Rogaland, named after the regions of where they were formed. The rosemaling pattern of this particular painting would be Telemark rosemaling. Folk art encompasses art produced from an indigenous culture or by peasants or other laboring tradespeople. In contrast to fine art, folk art is primarily utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. It is characterized by a naïve style, in which traditional rules of proportion and perspective are not employed. Folk art mainly expresses cultural identity, such as sharing community values, by using various materials of wood, clay, metal, paper, and other resources. It reflects traditional art forms of diverse community groups of ethnic, tribal, religious, occupational, geographical, age- or gender-based, who identify with each other and society at large. Teresa (Geraldine) (nee Lokken) Summerskill's parents were Jake Lokken and Vivian Lokken (who emigrated from Norway in 1930). She was born on November 11, 1924 and died on July 1, 2018 at the age of 93 after a brief battle of cancer. She married (Albert) Bert Summerskill and they built a house in Squamish during the 1930s and lived there all their lives. Beforehand, they raised their twins; Gail and Donald (Donny), in Pemberton for 4 years then moved and settled permanently in Squamish, where they welcomed their second son, Vern. Teresa was widely known for her "folk art" paintings, especially on saws, and was famed locally. Teresa had a passion for Norwegian history and was an active member for many years of the Sons of Norway, the Squamish Chapter Odin No. 95, and was also extensively involved in the Norwegian sector of the International Festival during the 1970s and 1980s. Another passion Teresa loved was music, as she played the accordion, piano, and the mouth harp. She also did all the maintenance work on her house after Bert's death, and participated in the Better Homes and Gardens with her rosebushes and her garden was famed as well. Laura Burden was her daughter-in-law and married Vern Summerskill. Vern had two sons named Brendan and Brody from a prior marriage, and Laura and Vern had a daughter, named Kelda Summerskill. The colours in the painting have gray, blue, white, yellow, orange, brown, red, and green tinges.

Date of Object:

1978

Accession #:

021.10.04

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