Painter Bev Tosh on her series paying tribute to war brides.
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War Brides – Women in Love
As St Valentine’s Day approaches, we would like to remind everyone that the RAF Museum London is currently hosting a very topical exhibition – War Brides. This exhibition portrays courageous young women who fell in love with airmen from different countries during the Second World War. Each of these women decided to leave their homelands and everything they had known and to make a leap of faith for the love of an airman.
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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, presents the Meritorious Service Medal to artist, Beverley Tosh, for War Brides: One Way Passage at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on November 5, 2018. (Photo credit: Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2018)
Why this Calgary artist has devoted her life to painting the stories of war brides. Read More
Leah Collins, CBC Arts, November 13
War bride paintings shine light on ‘amazing bunch of women’ Read more
Paul Waldie, The Globe and Mail, November 8, 2018
Canadian artist brings WWII war brides home with exhibit at London museum.
Brenna Engel, CBC News, Nov 08, 2018
Second World War bride portraits capture ‘strength, frailty’ of women who left home for love. Read more
By SHERYL UBELACKER, The Canadian Press, Nov. 8, 2018
Bev Tosh on “Sweetheart Wings: Flyboys and War Brides” Watch Video
Trinity Lodge on Nov. 17, 2018
new portrait exhibition
The Royal Air Force Museum is hosting an exhibition of portraits by artist Bev Tosh, sharing the stories of second world war brides. Although discouraged by the military, tens of thousands of locals married foreign nationals on active duty; couples met on air bases, in queues, hospitals and air-raid shelters. Bev Tosh is the daughter of a Royal New Zealand Air Force pilot and his Canadian war bride.
RAF Museum, London
4 Oct 2018 – 15 Sep 2019
rafmuseum.org.uk – Not to be Missed PDF
Artist Bev Tosh says her series of over 150 paintings of war brides started with a larger-than-life portrait of her mother. Tosh says the collection – currently showing at the RAF museum in London — has become “extremely powerful.” Video provided by The Canadian Press. National Newswatch Video
Under the Enbridge Emerging Artist + Designer sponsorship with ACAD, they are proud to present the Enbridge Alumni Professional Development Award annually to one ACAD alumnus.
This year, the $5,000 award is being presented to Beverley Tosh, who received her Masters of Fine Art in Painting from the University of Calgary in 1987, graduated with Distinction from Alberta College of Art + Design (Painting, 1985) and taught at ACAD from 1988-2002.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, ArtBeat hears from Calgarian artist Bev Tosh about her exhibit War Brides: One Way Passage. The work is inspired by the stories of hundreds of women who travelled oceans and borders to follow their new husbands after World War II, including Bev’s own mother Dorothy. War Brides: One Way Passage is at the Red Deer Museum and Gallery until August 4.
Produced by Megan Clark
Listen to the Podcast
Calgary Artist Captures the Stories of Canada’s War Brides
Original Air Date: Monday, February 11, 2013
Bev Tosh explains how the phenomenon of war brides has inspired her art.
Alberta Prime Time Video
CTV News Feature (One-Way Passage exhibition), Calgary, AB, Nov. 6, 2009
CTV News Feature (pdf)
Moore, J., Swerve Magazine, [Calgary Herald], Sept. 4, 2009, p. 47
A Wife Less Ordinary (pdf)
Art exhibit tells war brides’ stories
Jillian Pavlin, The StarPhoenix
Published: Monday, March 06, 2006
David Bly, Second World War tore families apart
Calgary Herald, February 19, 2006, Observer pg B6
Second World War (pdf)
Portia Priegert, Bev Tosh, Previews & Profiles
Galleries West, Spring 2006, pg 28
Galleries West (pdf)
Morse, J., Canada’s War Art: Beverley Tosh, Legion Magazine, Ontario, May/June 2007, Vol. 82, No. 3, pp 32-33
Honour Magazine (pdf)
Kokott, A., Plywood provides canvas to portray war brides’ travails, Calgary Herald, July 4, 2006, B3
Women of Vision (pdf)
Harry M. Sanders, Honouring War Brides: A Calgary artist’s tribute,
Legacy Magazine [Edmonton], Winter 2003, pp. 22 – 28
Design by – Halkier + Dutton Design, Edmontom
Legacy Magazine (pdf)
Sanders, Harry M., Honouring War Brides…, Sentinal Legion: A Voice For The Alberta-Northwest Territories Command, Volume 3, Issue 1, Fall 2004, front cover, pp. 8 – 15
Sentinal Magazine (pdf)
Turnbull, G., Romanced Away, News Showcase (Capital News), [Kelowna], July 14-20, Cover & p. 3
Romanced Away (pdf)
Moriarty, A., Brush with the Past, feature (front page) article/image in The Nelson Mail, Nelson, New Zealand, Jan. 22, 2002
Warbride Memories Wanted (pdf)
Priegert, P., Poignant evocation of war-bride story, eVent visual arts [Kelowna], July 6, 2005, p. 5
Poignant Evocation (pdf)