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Collection Summary
 

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Contact Information

Box List

National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives

Don Mabie fonds:

Finding Aid



Collection Summary

Title: Don Mabie fonds. 
Dates: – 1970-1990 ; 1972-1974 predominant. 
Quantity:  – 8 cm of textual records and graphic material. 

Biographical Sketch

Donald Edward Mabie was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1947. From 1964-1969 he attended the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), where he studied advertising and painting under John Kenneth Esler (1933-2001), David Samila (1941- ), and George Melville Wood (1932- ). After graduating in May 1969 with a Fine Art Painting diploma, Mabie continued his studies with post-graduate work at Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In 1970 he married artist and ACAD instructor, Wendy Toogood (1947- ). While Mabie has been involved with performance art, rubberstamp art, artist book works, copyworks, installation, buttonworks, and computerworks, he is primarily known for his mixed-media drawing and mail art, which he has been involved with since 1972, the year he created Chuck Stake Enterprizes in Toronto. The company celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1997. Mabie has been actively involved with Artist Trading Cards, which was initiated by Zurich artist M. Vánçi Stirnemann and promoted by Stirnemann and fellow artist, Cat Schick. After attending an Artist Trading Card trading session in Zurich, Mabie brought the idea back to Calgary, with a session at the New Gallery in 1997. The sessions continue to be held across Canada and around the world. Mabie is currently an instructor at ACAD in the first year studies program. In May 2001 he received the ACAD Board of Governors' Award of Excellence for his lifetime contribution to the arts in Alberta and in June 2002 he was awarded a 75th Anniversary ACAD Alumni Award of Distinction.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists of Mabie's mail art, including photographs, ephemera, exhibition notices, newspaper and magazine clippings, and Chuck Stake Enterprizes newsletters, including the "Homage To Boredom Contest", sent to curators at the National Gallery of Canada. The fonds also contains 6 postcards of Mabie and other correspondence artists published by Centre Eye Photographic Society in Calgary. There are in addition 2 copies of a print labeled "A Folded, Mailed, Hand-Coloured Print For Your Very Own" signed by Don Mabie in 1970, hockey cards, and Artist Trading Cards.

Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of fonds.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives by the artist.
Terms governing use and reproduction: Permission to reproduce or publish material from the Don Mabie fonds must be obtained from the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
Associated material: Further information can be found in the documentation file on Don Mabie at the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives. See also Bill Thomson fonds at the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Index Terms

Names:
Mabie, Don, 1947-
Document Types:
Clippings.
Ephemera.
Exhibition notices.
Newsletters.
Photographs.
Postcards.
Trading cards.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Don Mabie fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.

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Contact Information

Cyndie Campbell
Head, Archives, Documentation and Visual Resources
Library and Archives
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
P.O. Box 427, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4
 
T 613-990-0597
F 613-990-9818
 
ccampbel@gallery.ca 


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Detailed Description of the Collection

Box List

Box Folder
Box 1 File 1 Mail art (1972)
File 2 Mail art (1972-1974) and Centre Eye Photographic Society postcards (1986)
File 3 Mail art (1972-1974)
File 4 Mail art (1973-1990)
File 5 Mail art (1970-1990) and Artist Trading Cards
File 6 An Amazing Group of Artists (?)
File 7 Havana, Cuba

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