The Raymond Walters Visual Arts Award has been created with donations made in Ray’s memory to the Foundation to assist youth in the arts. The terms of the award and date for the first award will be announced in 2021.
E. Raymond Walters (1927-2020), known as Ray, belonged to a cohort of commercial artists, lithographers and printers in Toronto who, inspired by the Group of Seven a generation earlier, escaped the city every year to sketch and paint rural Ontario.
As noted in his obituary, “Always artistic, Ray painted two murals which won prizes in the Toronto Exhibition, prompting his teacher to suggest he go to art school. His parents didn’t approve, saying he would only end up selling pencils on Yonge Street. He studied art at Northern Vocational School (now Northern Secondary) under artists Larry Panton and Leonard Brooks and went on to a long career in commercial art as co-founder and president of Art and Design Studios (ADS) Ltd. on Merton Street in Toronto, retiring in 1995.”
Ray also owned the Merton Gallery and ADS Film Productions and was a life member of The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.