Our early history involved founders Delia Sansom and Molly Greene Mitchell who used to
meet in the city and paint places such as Beacon Hill Park, James Bay, the Ledge, Fisherman's Wharf,
you name it, they painted it. Other artists began to join in, enjoying the company,
the outdoors and the no rules or dues environment. We number about eighty artists in Greater Victoria
with occasional ad hoc members from across the Malahat and the international channel.
Molly's friend Jesi Barron remembers:
"Now I met Molly around 1978, we would meet for life drawing at Windsor park."
"The group was to form life friendships. There were a few shows. Some shows in Vancouver. We had a great time. Molly had a studio downtown.
I didn't go out with Molly to paint. but we shared what we had been doing. Lots of dinner and drinks. Then one day I was in town and
bumped into her at the Victoria Art Gallery. She was very ill and said there wasn't any time left, I felt very sad. She was only watching tv.
She had lost John. That was about it. She always called me the young one. They were a few years older."
History of locations where the ALFS have painted:
Did you know the history about Beacon Hill Park, Clover Point and Holland Point? Clover Point was once the place for Sikh funerals where piles of six-foot logs from the beach provided funeral pyres and the bodies were gently haid on top. Also at Clover Point, the DND created a firing range. When the city fathers cleared the sand banks they sifted the sand for bullets and sold the lead. You can read a lot more about local history (some people who died of smallpox were buried at Holland Point) by going to this Beacon Hill Park website - and following the links.
Visit Ron Wilson's online gallery at artistwilson.com