McGregor & Beth Hone

McGregor HoneYou can read more about the fascinating life of one of the principals in this exhibition of prints, drawings and ceramics at Slate Fine Art Gallery (2078 Halifax St.) in this ArtSask profile. If you click on the link, you’ll discover that McGregor Hone was born in Prince Albert in 1920. From an early age, he pursued his interest in art although that was only one of many areas of interest he had.

McGregor met his wife Beth when he was teaching in B.C. after World War II. From the time they moved back to Saskatchewan in 1947, they were a prominent couple in the province’s art community. Yes, even back then, with Saskatchewan barely escaped from pioneer times, the arts were a going concern in the province. And through their efforts as artists and educators McGregor and Beth Hone played a big role in their development.

Both McGregor and Beth are deceased now. And this exhibition serves as a tribute to their talents. There’s an opening reception at Slate Gallery tomorrow at 5 p.m., and the show will run until Feb. 15. And pictured above, by the way, is McGregor Hone’s 1957 print Milking which is in the collection of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. 

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4 thoughts on “McGregor & Beth Hone”

  1. Thanks for highlighting this exhibition, Greg. I was not aware of it until I read your post. (Which, I guess is just one of the many reasons more people should be paying attention to the Prairie Dog and its Dog Blog!). The Hones were indeed talented artists who contributed a significant amount to the development and promotion of the arts starting in Saskatchewan’s early years and continuing through many decades. (It’s interesting that they became active in the 1940s when the Tommy Douglas CCF/NDP visionary government was establishing the Saskatchewan Arts Board, I might add.) On a related note, I have to add how fearful I am for the future of the arts in Saskatchewan under the current SkParty government, given their recent ridiculous treatment of the film industry and the shuttering of the historic Kenderdine Campus at Emma Lake (where McGregor sought inspiration and honed his craft (No pun intended. Okay, maybe just a little.), among other negative actions we’ve seen from this government. Instead, we need a government that’s interested in cultivating arts and culture in Saskatchewan so we have more people like the Hones that we can proudly call our own. But, I digress! I’ll be checking out the exhibition at the Slate. It’s a must-see!

  2. I didn’t realize that Beth Hone had passed away. When did that happen? I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of some of her books when she moved from Lumsden to Regina and keep in contact with a former neighbour of hers. But I guess I missed that she had passed on.

  3. Greg, you beat me to it. I was about to post the same info for Bernadette. The obit is lovely — for a lovely woman. I didn’t know her but have heard much about Beth Hone from my parents’ neighbours who were friends of the Hones for many years.

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