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Teaching Billy to Dance II, Margaret Seelye

Teaching Billy to Dance II, Margaret Seelye

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Next up in Red Deer artist Margaret Seelye's Country School Christmas series, this week's Work of the Week is:

Teaching Billy to Dance II, Margaret Seelye. Monoprint, 1991

Teaching Billy to Dance II, Margaret Seelye

Margaret, born 1915 in Masset, in the Queen Charlotte Islands, was obsessed with making art from an early age, and drew and painted constantly as a child. Margaret's family moved to Great Bend District by the Red Deer River when Seelye was very young to homestead and operate a coal mine.

Margaret began a teaching career in 1934 at a small school in Carroll, near Alix, Alberta before marrying and moving back to the Queen Charlotte Islands for a brief period. After returning to the Red Deer area, her husband died in 1951, leaving her to raise three young children by herself. She carried on, combining teaching with parenting and also continued her education, eventually receiving a Master’s degree in Art Education from the University of Alberta in 1971.

These works portray Margaret's fond reminiscences of the highlights of a country school Christmas. They are very special works of art because as a ‘monoprint’, there is only one of each image in the edition; not like in other printmaking processes where an artist can print any number of multiple images.

View the other monoprints in this series:

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