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Exhibits 2002

Alice and the Painting Ladies

Alice Hagan
Alice Egan Hagen

This exhibit encompassed 100 years of china painting in Nova Scotia, beginning with Alice Egan Hagen and her talents. She was a pivotal figure in Nova Scotia ceramic history. As a young girl she was introduced to china painting, which was an integral part of the education and refinement of many young Victorian ladies. Alice's talent in this area soon was obvious and she went as far a field as New York to study. She taught many Nova Scotian women and won awards and accolades for her work.

This exhibit showcased a selection of her outstanding pieces. It displayed the painted china of some of her excellent students, as well as pieces by other women painting at this time and presented the scope of china painting done today in Nova Scotia.

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