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SAGA Artist Talk: Sheryl Salloum on Mildred Valley Thornton

SAGA Thursday Artist Talk : Sheryl Salloum on Mildred Valley Thornton
April 12 @730pm
Admission: Free

Learn about BC female artist,  Mildred Valley Thornton (1890-1967) via writer Sheryl Salloum as she explores Thornton’s  life and art.  Along with the story of this adventurous artist, Salloum will document the reasons why Thornton has been overlooked since her death. The talk will include images of Thornton’s remarkable work.

Born in Ontario, Mildred Valley Thornton later moved to Regina, and then to Vancouver during the Depression. A fun-loving, driven, and outgoing individual, Thornton was also a journalist, a Vancouver Sun art critic (1944-1959), an award winning-author, an advocate for the rights and equality of women and Canada’s indigenous people, and a community supporter and innovator.

(Photo: Vancouver Historical Society)

Vancouver-based writer, Sheryl Salloum has been a freelance writer for over twenty years. She has published articles in numerous Canadian magazines and newspapers. Her areas of interest include Canadian art, culture and history, and children’s issues.

Salloum’s biography The Life and Art of Mildred Valley Thornton (#4 in the Unheralded Artists of BC series) is nominated for this year’s Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, which recognizes the book that contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of BC. Copies of Salloum’s book will be available for purchase and signing,


This event is presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association in partnership with the Surrey Art Gallery, and with support from the Arts Council of Surrey. Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) is a non-profit society that offers its members the opportunity to participate in and respond to contemporary art, and be part of a community that actively supports the Surrey Art Gallery. Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750-88 Avenue, 1 block east of King George Boulevard, in Bear Creek Park.

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