February 29 1912, Manitoba Free Press

Mary Ewart (c. 1872–1939) President of the Western Art Association, delivers a speech to the Local Council of Women on “the value of a public art gallery to the community.” 

Mary Frances Randolph Clay Ewart was an accomplished artist who had been trained in the United States and Europe. She was from a distinguished Philadelphia family and in 1907 married Alan Ewart, a Winnipeg lawyer. The marriage would end in divorce. During the time she lived in Winnipeg she organized free art classes at the Carnegie Library on William Avenue, started the Western Art Association, gave talks about the importance of an art gallery, and was on the Art Gallery committee. Her paintings were shown at two annual exhibitions of the Royal Canadian Academy and internationally She died in Philadelphia in 1939.