November 1 marks the 100th birthday of the Nellie McClung Foundation monument sculptor, Helen Granger Young.
The unique Nellie McClung Foundation monument was designed and sculpted by renowned Winnipeg artist, Helen Granger Young.
Young studied art at the Ontario College of Art under such notables as Dr. Charles Fraser Comfort and Franklin Carmichael, a member of the Group of Seven. In addition to portrait painting, Young worked as a commercial artist for Eaton's and the Hudson's Bay, as an art instructor, as a sculptor in
porcelain, and later in bronze.
Over the years, Young has created pieces that have been presented to Canadian dignitaries, the Royal Family, foreign leaders, and the Vatican. Some of her works are in the Kremlin, Buckingham Palace, and the White House. A number of her bronze busts grace the Winnipeg Real Estate Board's Walk of Fame.
The Cybis Archive has a wonderful profile on Granger Young, found here: