Flora Douglas ('Dougie') Betts

Other Names: Flora Douglas (“Dougie”) Betts (née Moore)

Flora Douglas (“Dougie”) Betts spent 25 teaching at London, Ontario’s
Matthews Hall. An artist who exhibited her work across Ontario, she was also one of the first members of the London Art Gallery’s Women’s Committee.

Flora Douglas “Dougie” Betts (née Moore) was born in 1914 in Belleville, Ontario.
She attended the Ontario College of Art (now the Ontario College of Art and Design University), receiving her diploma in drawing and painting in 1935. She then continued her studies at Western University, where she completed an Honours Degree in Visual Arts before spending 25 years teaching Art and Art History at Matthews Hall, a private school in London, Ontario.

In 1955, Dougie Betts was one of 20 founding members invited by Eleanor Somerville and Josephine Wilcox to join the Women’s Committee of the London Art Gallery, a precursor to Museum London. Other committee members included Shirley Brickenden, Lenore Crawford, Mackie Cryderman, Nancy Geddes Poole, and Elizabeth “Woody” Moore.

Dougie Betts showed her artwork throughout Ontario, with two prominent exhibitions taking inspiration from trips to Asia and the Canadian Arctic. In addition, she painted oil and pastel portraits by commission, and was also a fashion artist.

Dougie Betts passed away in 2008.

Biography by Samantha Merritt



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“Flora Douglas (‘Dougie’) Betts (1914-2008).” UpwithArt.ca.  https://upwithart.ca/portfolio/flora-douglas-dougie-betts-1914-2008/.

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Poole, Nancy Geddes. The Art of London, 1830-1980. London, Ontario: Blackpool Press, 1984.

Last Updated on May 28, 2021 by McIntosh Gallery


See also: Shirley Brickenden; Lenore Crawford; Nancy Geddes Poole; Josephine Wilcox

Timeline Entries:
London, Ontario: The London Art Gallery Establishes a Women’s Committee

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