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Tina Dolter made her home in Western Newfoundland in 1976. She drew and painted as soon as she could hold a pencil. Although she had been a practicing artist for more than 25 years, Dolter went back to university in 1993 to study visual art. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook in 2002 and received the University Medal for Academic Excellence. She was short-listed for the 2005 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Emerging Artist of the Year Award and nominated for the NLAC Arts Achievement Award for 2009. Dolter worked in the media of oil painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography. Her subject matter largely pertained to women’s issues, issues of family, identity, and place. Her final
work involved a series of paintings titled The Sensuality of the Maturing Woman – Celebrating the Fine Art of Aging Well, Part 1 which was exhibited in Corner Brook in March 2005 and the Bonavista North Gallery during the summer season of 2009. Part 2 of the series involved women from the St. John’s area, and opened March 4 th , 2011 at the Christina Parker Fine Art Gallery. The Sensuality project won Dolter NLAC production grants in 2003, 2006, and 2010. In 2009, one of the portraits from the series was selected for the exhibition The Last Taboo, curated by Moses Znaimer, at Zoomer Show 2009. The painting, Peggy’s Olympia, was also chosen for all promotional materials for this exhibition. The Sensuality project opened at the Propeller Centre for Visual Arts in Toronto on September 14th, 2011, with the addition of several portraits of women from Toronto, bringing the total number of paintings for this exhibition to over 2 dozen. The Sensuality of the Maturing Woman project came full circle with a “Grand Finale” exhibition of the entire series of paintings at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre in October 2011.

Dolter’s work is held in many corporate and private collections, as well as the permanent collection of the Grenfell Campus Art Gallery, the teaching collection of the print department of Grenfell Campus Visual Arts Department, and the Art Procurement Program of the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador (The Rooms). She completed portrait commissions for patrons worldwide and has had solo and group exhibitions, both juried and non-juried.

In 2004, Dolter and fellow Grenfell Campus Fine Art alumnus Audrey Feltham formed the League of Artists of Western Newfoundland (LAWN). The mandate of LAWN is to create a collective voice and promote interaction, support, and dissemination of information among artists living and working on the west coast of Newfoundland, many of whom work in isolation. LAWN also provides frequent opportunities for artists to exhibit their work in several exhibitions each year and has been a successful advocate for cultural issues pertaining to the Western Newfoundland region.

Dolter was a vocal advocate for the arts community and her community at large. She served as chair for the association of Cultural Industries of Newfoundland and Labrador (ACI); the Corner Brook Rotary Arts Centre Committee; the Public Arts Committee for the City of Corner Brook; Cultural Collective, a multi-sectoral networking and mentorship organization for artists; past member of the Board of Visual Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador(VANL); co-founder, director, and past chair of LAWN; the Gallery Advisory Committee for Grenfell Campus Art Gallery, and vice chair of the Western Regional Hospital Foundation. She was also a member of Music NL; the East Coast Music Association (ECMA); and was the creator and chair of the ECMA Arts and Cultural Linkages Committee (ACLC) for ECMA Corner Brook 2009. As chair of this new committee, Dolter was awarded the ECMA Volunteer of the Year Award by her fellow committee chairs for her creation and coordination of the ACLC cross-sectoral arts program.

This program was designed to promote the ECMA’s and raise awareness of the arts of all disciplines in the Western Newfoundland region, through a series of multi-sectoral “art happening” that spanned several months leading up to the Corner Brook ECMA event in February of 2009. Elements of the Arts and Cultural Linkages Committee have been integrated into many regional festival formats, forming a lasting legacy of the program and the promotion of arts and culture in the region.

At the time of her death in September 2012, Tina lived and operated her studio in Steady Brook, NL. Visit her website at www.tinadolter.com.