Today the Nova Scotia Division of the Arthritis Society celebrated Heritage Day by launching a special stamp honouring Nova Scotia Folk Artist, Maud Lewis.
The limited-edition stamp will available for purchase at the Arthritis Society (Halifax office) and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, while supply lasts.
Maud Lewis, was born Maud Kathleen Dowley to John and Agnes Dowley, in the town of Yarmouth, March 7, 1903. Maud lived with her husband Everett Lewis in a small house in Marshalltown Nova Scotia. She spent most of her life in pain from arthritis that left her hands and body deformed.
Although she had so many barriers to overcome, her folk-art paintings garnered much attraction and interest. Maud achieved national recognition in the mid 60’s, becoming known as one of Canada’s best-known folk artists. Her art and restored house are on display at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
“Maud’s special gift was that, despite lifelong struggles with poverty and rheumatoid arthritis, she saw the world through eyes of innocence, hope and wonder, and she was able to share that vision with others through her art. She showed us that there are few things more powerful than the human spirit”, said Susan Tilley-Russell, Executive Director, Atlantic Region of the Arthritis Society.
“Heritage Day is an opportunity for all Nova Scotians to celebrate our province’s culture and honour the contributions of exceptional Nova Scotians,” said Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Leo Glavine. “Maud Lewis has a special place in the heart of Nova Scotians, her spirit shines through every one of her famous paintings. It is only fitting that on Heritage Day, we celebrate this incredible ambassador of our province’s culture.”
The Arthritis Society is a national health charity, fueled by donors and volunteers, with a vision to live in a world where people are free from the devastating effects that arthritis has on lives.
Begun in 1948 with one very clear goal – to alleviate the suffering of people crippled by arthritis – that same volunteer-led passion carries on today in communities across Canada. Through the trust and support of our donors and sponsors, the Arthritis Society is Canada’s largest charitable source of investment in cutting-edge arthritis research, and a leader in proactive advocacy and innovative solutions that will deliver better health outcomes for people affected by arthritis. The Arthritis Society is accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, visit arthritis.ca.