Limners (Group of artists)

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Limners (Group of artists)

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  • Victoria Limners Society
  • Limner Group
  • Limner Artists

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#9926 under the British Columbia Society Act

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The Victoria Limners Society, commonly referred to as The Limners or The Limner Group, was a collective of painters, potters, sculptors and other visual artists that formed in 1971 in Victoria British Columbia. The name “limner” comes from traveling journeymen painters from the Middle Ages who painted portraits and signs. The Victoria Limners Society incorporated as a non-profit society under the Societies Act of British Columbia in October 1972 and it was dissolved in 2008. Many of their group shows were held at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Winchester Gallery in Victoria, but they also showed in other venues from Vancouver, to Edmonton, to the Atlantic provinces.

1996 marked the 25th anniversary of the Limners and was celebrated with a series of exhibitions at various venues in Victoria, including the Winchester Gallery, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Emily Carr House. This year also saw the publication of a book by Patricia Bovey of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria called <i>A Passion for Art: The Art and Dynamics of the Limners</i> by Sono Nis Press. This book examined the contribution of the Limners to the Victoria arts scene since the 1970s, both at a group and individual level, as well as the Limners’ relationships with other Canadian artists.

In the late 1990s, Agustin Luviano-Cordero produced a video about the Limners, which was funded in part by Employment and Immigration Canada’s Job Development Programme. It was likely titled <i>The Limners: Art and Friendship</i> and it aired on the Knowledge Network, Rogers, Shaw Cable and possibly the Bravo Channel.

Over the years, Limners members have included Maxwell Bates, Pat Martin Bates, Richard Ciccimarra, Robert De Castro, Walter Dexter, Nita Forrest, Colin Graham, Helga Grove, Jan Grove, Leroy Jensen, Elza Mayhew, Myfanwy Pavelic, Nikola Pavelic, Carole Sabiston, Herbert Siebner, Robin Skelton, Sylvia Skelton, Karl Spreitz and Jack Wilkinson.

Honorary Limner members have included Dennis Bowen, Ann Mayhew, Dick Morris, Peter Pollen, Bernie Ruffo, Martin Segger and Montcrieff Williamson.


Victoria, British Columbia

Legal status

The Limners registered as a society under the Society Act of British Columbia in 1971 and renewed on an annual basis until they unofficially dissolved in 2008. Records show that they did not file dissolution papers as a fee was involved.

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The Limners did not create a formal artists’ manifesto; instead, their informal goal was to provide artistic, material and moral support to the members, which included promotion of the artists and arts to the public. This was accomplished through meetings and group exhibitions; a book and video were also created about the group.

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Internal structures/genealogy

The Victoria Limners Society elected a board at their annual general meetings. This executive included a president, vice-president and secretary-treasurer.

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Siebner, Herbert (1925-2003)

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Description created January 2011; description revised March 2011


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