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Lynn Sissons is an artist of whom Portage la Prairie is extremely proud. From the time she was a child, on the farm first established by her grandfather in 1871 near Portage, she showed an appreciation for trees, streams and prairie scenes that later became evident in many of her artistic works.
Her ambition to be an artist was encouraged by her parents who sent her to the Winnipeg Art School in the former Industrial Bureau on south Main Street. A desire for a lengthier period of training prompted her to take day employment and take art school classes at night. Her teachers during this time were Frank Johnston, who be longed to the Group of Seven and Walter J. Phillips, an artist who later went to Victoria, B.C, and was noted for water colors and wood block prints.
Miss Sissons shows artistic ability, and appreciation for the talents of others, in various ways. Old family chairs are seated with needlepoint of her own design and workmanship; most of her at tractive hats are made by herself; and in her home she has a portrait of C. N. Bell by Grandmaison, a pastel prairie scene by Lemoine FitzGerald, a pottery bowl by Marie Guest, a ceramic of a Dutch woman in an apron by Leo Mol, and a number of other Canadian works.
She has been a long time member of the Winnipeg Poetry Soci ety, and treasurer of it, as well as for Manitoba Society of Artists and the Winnipeg Sketch Club. She has painted scenery for theatre pro ductions and did sets for Juno and the Paycock and Among the Maples.
In March of 1963, Miss Sissons was invited by Winnipeg Art Gallery to present a one-man show. It was held in the Gallery'S FitzGerald Room. Previously her work had been shown along with that of Georgie Wilcox, Alison Newton, Marie Guest, Jean Eyden, and A. P. Hunter.
William Longdon was a blacksmith whom everyone could depend on to have a job well done in the early days. He was respected as an honest man, but he was also pitied because he was illiterate. No-one knew how he kept his business records, and no-one actually cared because there was never any reason for complaint. Charge accounts were always tallied accurately, with no questions asked by a customer about how the total was obtained.
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