Spencer Books Ships Books to Maud’s Family

The daughter of Maud Lewis, Catherine..

Spencer Books Ships Books to Maud’s Family

Picture of Catherine Dowley and Mamie Crosby

The daughter of Maud Lewis, Catherine Dowley, with her adoptive mother, Mamie Crosby.

Spencer Books, publishers of the biography Maud Lewis:  The Heart on the Door, has shipped four copies to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the famous Nova Scotian folk artist, Maud Lewis.  The connection was made through John Muise, Maud’s great-grandchild, who is distributing the books in Ontario.  John is the grandchild of Paul Muise of Nova Scotia, who married Maud’s child Catherine Dowley in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia in 1949.  Catherine Dowley, named for her mother Maud Catherine Dowley (later styled “Maud Kathleen Lewis” and “Maud Lewis”) had been raised by the kindly Alvin A. Crosby and his spouse Mamie Crosby.  The accompanying photo of Catherine Dowley and adoptive mother Mamie Crosby is provided courtesy of the family of Paul Muise.  A brief biography of the meeting of Maud Lewis and her daughter Catherine may be found in Maud Lewis: The Heart on the Door by Lance Woolaver.  Woolaver is the author of this first biography of Maud Lewis, the picture book (with Bob Brooks) The Illuminated Life of Maud Lewis (Nimbus Publishing), the feature N.F.B. documentary film of the same name, and the much-produced play Maud Lewis: World Without Shadows.

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  1. Colette Hunt
    May 29, 2019 - 12:31 am

    I just saw her movie and was deeply touched. Her strength to go on and paint from her heart is truly amazing. I admire her even though she lived in poverty she kept going. I’m so glad her pictures that she painted was loved by people while she was still living. Truly a remarkable lady I’m also glad she got to see her beautiful daughter

    • Lance Woolaver
      May 29, 2019 - 11:35 am

      Hello to Colette Hunt: for a full account of Maud’s life you can get MAUD LEWIS THE HEART ON THE DOOR from your local library (free) … best to you Lance Woolaver

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