Born: 1899, Port Burwett ON
Died: 1998, Summerland BC
Marjorie Croil was born in Port Burwett, Ontario on September 30th, 1899 and moved to Summerland with her husband, Dr. Alfred Vanderburgh in 1925. She was an important member of the Summerland arts community and was awarded the Good Citizen of the Year Award in 1956. She was a charter member of the Summerland Art Club (founded in 1953) and played an important role in having the Summerland Arts Council registered as a society.
Although Croil had been fascinated with art making from an early age, she did not actively pursue it until later in life. She did a great deal of volunteering and also spent a total of 25 years reporting in association with the Penticton Herald.
In 1994 the Summerland Arts Council held a retrospective of Croil's work at the Library Arts Centre with one hundred works on display. Her body of work was described as "versatile and many faceted" by Donna Henington in the Herald review of the show.
Croil exhibited locally, provincially and internationally. She has work in the Provincial Archives in Victoria, the Mary Frazee Gallery in Vancouver and the Van Reekum Gallery in Appeldorn, Holland.
Source: The Penticton Herald, "Local artist focus of retrospective", Saturday October 8 1994, p. 7 and The Penticton Herald, "Former reporter leaves legacy as patron of the arts in Summerland", Tuesday October 13 1998, p. A3