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Folk artist Maud Lewis at work in her Nova Scotia home

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Maud Lewis is a painter in the “primitive” style who lives in a tiny one-room house with her husband, Everett, just outside of Digby, Nova Scotia. For years she has sold her small paintings to passing tourists, but her work is becoming known to a wider audience and she is now sought out for it. In this 1965 profile, CBC's Telescope introduces viewers to the artist and her husband at work in and around their house, and speaks to friends and supporters. Confined to the country around her home, Lewis talks about drawing on her own memories for inspiration, and her contentment in her work, because “as long as I’ve got a brush in front of me I’m all right.”

Medium: Television
Program: Telescope
Broadcast Date: Nov. 25, 1965
Guests: Maud Lewis, Everett Lewis, Claire Stenning, Bill Ferguson, John Cook, Edith M. Wallis
Duration: 14:30
Please note this clip has been edited for rights purposes.

Did You know?


• Maud Lewis was born Maud Dowley on Mar. 7, 1903. She died July 30, 1970, in Digby N.S. 

• The Star Weekly published an article about Lewis and her husband on July 10, 1965, reporting that Nova Scotia's premier, Robert Stanfield, was an admirer of her work. At that time, he and his wife had three of her paintings in their own home and often bought them as gifts.

• Everett Lewis died in 1979, and the house was bought by the province in 1984. Just 10 by 12 feet, the house was restored beginning in 1996 and has been permanently installed in its current space at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax.


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