Olson, June

profile_June Olson 1
Sex: Female
Birth Date/Place: October23, 1924/ Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
Death Date/Place: April3,2007/ Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Painting

June Olson graduated from the Corcoran School of Fine Arts(affiliated with the George Washington University) after completing a scholarship term at the Abbott Art School in Washington , D.C. She  became a full-time medical illustrator in 1945 at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and worked there until 1951.She  studied oils and watercolor painting with Emil Gruppe,Stanley Woodward, Eliot O'Hara and George T. Hamilton. In Washington, D.C. she co-founded the Spectrum Co-operative Gallery in 1970-71 and her art was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Institute of Contemporary Arts and The R.C.C. Gallery.

When June moved to Lunenburg with her husband Dr Rodney Olson and two daughters, Carol and Lorraine in 1972 she began teaching watercolor and oil painting classes with Continuing Education and pursued teaching throughout the 70's and 80's. She also served as the South Shore representative on the board of directors for Visual Arts Nova Scotia and on the Gallery Committee of the Lunenburg Heritage Art Gallery during this time period.

June moved to the Chester Area in 1989. where she joined the Chester Tuesday Painters  and opened the Village Emporium Art Cooperative known as Quirks along with several of the local artists and artisans.

June travelled extensively throughout Nova Scotia, Labrador and Bermuda to paint. She enjoyed learning the history of the areas she portrayed and immersed herself in the local cultures.

In her later years June developed macular degeneration but never allowed this to curb her love of painting. She became a valued member of the Visionaries, the CNIB's giving society  and raised funds for the charity through the sale of cards with her art depicting Nova Scotia.

In Canada June has had paintings exhibited at St. Mary's University Gallery, Des Brisey Museum Art gallery, The Nova Scotia Gallery and Lunenburg Art Gallery. Her paintings are in the collection of the Art Bank of Nova Scotia as well as The Agent General in the Nova Scotia House in London, England and many private collections in Canada, United States, Europe , Bermuda and Japan.

 June was an inspiration in many areas. Her dedication to her art was exemplary and she loved to share her talents and help others find love in art. Her inspiration came from the impressionists and oriental art. Over the years she adapted her art especially as her eyesight deteriorated. She found her way back to her first love with impressionism and moved from her style of well detailed sceneries in her last years.

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