Maud Lewis never had a public exhibition in her lifetime, and the only words we have from her directly are from two press interviews, a radio program, and a television program. Nonetheless, in the decades since her death there have been numerous articles, books, plays, films, and websites created about her and her work. Exhibitions of her paintings have been mounted across the country and the world, in both group and solo exhibitions. Her work is held in most major Canadian art gallery collections and is regularly featured in auctions of important Canadian art.
Folk Art of Nova Scotia. Nationally touring exhibition of twenty-one Nova Scotia folk artists, organized by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia Folk Art: Canada’s Cultural Heritage. Touring exhibition to six venues in the United Kingdom, organized by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
The Illuminated Life of Maud Lewis. Nationally touring solo exhibition, organized by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
The Scotiabank Maud Lewis Gallery at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia opens with a permanent installation of Maud Lewis’s work, featuring the restored Painted House.
Maud Lewis. Nationally touring solo exhibition organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
Maud Lewis and the Nova Scotia Terroir. Exhibition of the work of Maud Lewis and six contemporary Nova Scotia artists in Wuhan and Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China.
Books and Exhibition Catalogues
Cronin, Ray. Maud Lewis: Creating an Icon. Kentville: Gaspereau Press, 2020.
——— Our Maud: The Life, Art and Legacy of Maud Lewis. Halifax: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2017.
Fillmore, Sarah, et al. Maud Lewis and the Nova Scotia Terroir. Shenzen: He Xiangning Art Museum, 2019. Exhibition catalogue.
Hamilton, Laurie. The Painted House of Maud Lewis: Conserving a Folk Art Treasure. Fredericton: Goose Lane, 2001.
Milroy, Sarah. Maud Lewis: Paintings for Sale. Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 2019. Exhibition catalogue.
Morton, Erin. For Folk’s Sake: Art and Economy in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia.
Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016.
Riordon, Bernard. Folk Art of Nova Scotia. Halifax: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1976. Exhibition catalogue.
———. Nova Scotia Folk Art. Halifax: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1995. Exhibition catalogue.
Sherman, Joseph, ed. The AGNS Permanent Collection: Selected Works. Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 2002.
Woolaver, Lance. The Illuminated Life of Maud Lewis. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 1996.
———. Maud Lewis: The Heart on the Door. Halifax: Spenser Books, 2016.
Bruneau, Carol. Brighten the Corner Where You Are. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2020.
Woolaver, Lance. A World Without Shadows: The Original Play. Halifax: Spenser Books, 2016.
Beaudry, Diane, dir. Maud Lewis: World Without Shadows. Ottawa: National Film Board, 1976.
Churchill, Sarah, dir. I Can Make Art Like . . . Maud Lewis. Ottawa: National Film Board, 2005.
D’Entremont, Peter, dir. The Illuminated Life of Maud Lewis. Halifax: Triad Film
Walsh, Aisling, dir. Maudie. Dublin: Parallel Films/Toronto: Screen Door/St. John’s:
Rink Rat Productions, 2016.
Magazines and Journals
Bergman, Brian. “Joy in Simple Things.” Maclean’s, April 14, 1997.
Greenaway, Cora. “Maud’s Folk Fantasies.” Century Home, April 1988.
Kellman, Tila. “The Uses of Maud Lewis.” Arts Atlantic 20, no. 1 (Spring 2003): 12–14.
Kinnear, Sheila M. “My Work for Maud Lewis.” Canadian Art, August 15, 2017. https://canadianart.ca/features/maud-lewis/.
MacLeod, Sue. “The Art of Ordinary Folk: A Treasure of Atlantic Canada.” Atlantic
Advocate, May 1986.
McCoy, Doris. “Frail Woman with a Bold Brush.” Atlantic Advocate, January 1967.
Morton, Erin. “Ordinary Affects: Maud Lewis and the Social Aesthetics of the Every-day.” Journal of Canadian Art History 34, no. 2 (Spring 2014): 81–107.
Pearse, Harold. “The Serial Imagery of Maud Lewis.” Arts Atlantic 15, no.2 (Summer 1997): 26–29.
Woolaver, Lance, and Shirley Woolaver. “The Joyful Art of Maud Lewis.” Chatelaine, December 1975.
Barnard, Elissa. “And Then There’s Maud.” Chronicle Herald (Halifax), January 25,
———. “Maud’s World Restored.” Chronicle Herald (Halifax), July 2, 1998.
Barnard, Murray. “The Little Old Lady Who Paints Pretty Pictures.” Star Weekly
(Toronto), July 10, 1965.
Cox, Kevin. “Crumbling Home Is Where the Art Is.” Globe and Mail (Toronto), July 6, 1996.
“Digby’s Artist, Maude Lewis, Laid to Rest.” Digby Courier, August 6, 1970.
Guy, Greg. “Art Dealers Aid in Hunting for Forgers.” Mail-Star (Halifax), April 28, 1989.
Ingrham, Mike. “Future Doubtful for Artist’s House.” Digby Mirror, February 7, 1979.
MacDonald, Nancy. “At Least $40,000 Needed to Open Maud Lewis Museum.” Chronicle Herald (Halifax), April 9, 1982.
“Maud Lewis Painted House Society Formed.” Digby Courier, March 8, 1979.
Reynolds, Jamie. “Just Plain Folk.” Coast (Halifax), February 27, 1997.
Smulders, Marilyn. “Pretty Pictures.” Daily News (Halifax), August 3, 1995.
Van Horne, Ryan. “Mall Hosts Folk-Art Conservation.” Daily News (Halifax),
November 13, 1996.