About the Artist


Peter Etril Snyder
1944 Born in Waterloo, Ontario
1956 Began painting at the age of twelve
1963-6 Attended Ontario College of Art, Toronto
1963 First exhibition, Mall Gallery, Ottawa
1966 Toured Europe and continued through the years with trips to Europe, Central and South America, New Zealand, and United States
1967 Exhibitions in Buffalo, NY
1969 Began to paint Mennonite life
1970 First one-man show of Mennonite paintings in Kitchener
1971 Large group of paintings purchased by Industrial Acceptance Corporation (now HSBC Bank Canada)
1972-3 One-man shows throughout Ontario
1974 One-man show at Eaton’s Art Gallery, College Street, Toronto
1975 Opened studio/gallery in Waterloo
1976 Painting purchased by National Museum of Man, Ottawa
1977 Artist-in-Residence at Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo
1978 Mennonite Country: Waterloo County Drawings by Peter Etril Snyder published by Sand Hills Books
1979 One-man show at Ontario House, London, England
Paul Martin Sr.’s commissioned portrait
1980 Introduction by Christian Bell Porcelain of the first four of a series of limited edition collector’s plates designed by Peter Etril Snyder
1981 Published the first Pioneer Life reproduction, “Cook’s Tavern”
1982 Commissioned by Murphy Oil Company Limited, Calgary, Alberta to paint scenes of their properties in Alberta
1983 Modelled four figures cast by Gosset Bronze in cold cast bronze
1984 One-man show at Harrison Galleries, Vancouver, BC
1985 Honorary Chairman, Grand River Conservation Foundation
Continuing association with Grand River Conservation Foundation includes “Downsteam” acrylic painting, series of drawings, and set of three train paintings for Rails to Trails fundraising
Presentation of the painting, “The Homestead”, to H.R.H. Prince Philip
1986 Co-published A Painter’s Harvest with C.B.C. Enterprises, 176-page, full-colour book
1987 Opened new reproduction boutique at Kitchener’s Market Square
First gallery representation in London, England
1988 One-man show at Galerie Westmount, Montreal
Opened new gallery in Waterloo’s City Centre for original paintings
1989 Commissions from Upjohn Company’s Pharmaceutical Division and Animal Health Care Division
“Afternoon Outing” painting and reproductions for Juvenile Diabetes Foundation as a fundraiser
Placemats and coasters with Jason of New Zealand
Opened new reproduction boutique at St. Jacobs “Riverworks”
Work first displayed by Windjammer Gallery, Hamilton, Bermuda
1990 Cross-Canada 5’x15’ mural for boardroom of National Trust Company, Toronto
First paintings of thoroughbred racing honoured by Ontario Agriculture Museum
1991 Commissions for Janet Lynn’s Bistro, Waterloo/Maple Lane Dairy 1992
Commission for RCMP to celebrate “Canada 125”
Began producing a yearly Monthy Planner for Volunteers, which for 2002 was distributed free of charge to 25,000 individuals in national, provincial and local organizations
1993 Artist Laureate, Grand River Foundation
1995 Poster for the International Plowing Match and Farm Machinery Show, Ayr, ON
1996 Thirty-year Retrospective Exhibition, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Mural at KidsAbility (formerly Rotary Children’s Centre), Waterloo
Artist-in-Residence, Ontario Agricultural Museum
Commission for Home Hardware Calendar
Published A New Harvest, 123-page, full-colour book
1997 Published Picture Maker, An Autobiography, 64-page, full-colour book
1998 Poster for the Royal Winter Fair
1999 Honorary Doctor of Laws degree, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo
Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary International)
First painting in a series of 12 for KidsAbility, (formerly Rotary Children’s Centre), Waterloo
2000-03 “Through My Eyes”, weekly column for the Waterloo Chronicle
2001 Opening and closing address to commemorate International Year of the Volunteer for the United Way
Monthly guest on “Daytime”, Rogers Television
Published The Painted Horse, 120-page, full-colour book
2001-03 Weekly talk at CKWR in conjunction with the Waterloo Chronicle column
2002-03 “Travel Sights”, weekly column for The Record
2003 Published Painting Canada, 143-page, full-colour book
2003-06 Travel Sketches column in Antique & Collectibles magazine
2004 One of 50 Community Champions selected by CKCO-TV to mark their 50th Anniversary in broadcasting to Southern Ontario
Weekly feature on CKCO-TV Noon News
2005 Donated to the Centre in the Square, Kitchener, Ontario, for their 25th Anniversary, a 72 inch by 96 inch mural of performers, painted in the lobby over the course of one year
Gift of 52,000 negatives to Mennonite Archives of Ontario, Conrad Grebel College
Published Painting the Grand River Valley, 62-page, full-colour book
2006 Commission for the Shantz Reunion Committee celebrating 200 years of the Shantz Family in the Waterloo Region
Commission for the Galt Country Club to celebrate their Centennial
Personal Commission of the Harmony Lunch, Waterloo
2007 Selected by the Waterloo Public Library for Waterloo 150 (150 individuals who have shaped the Waterloo community over the past 150 years) in celebration of the City of Waterloo’s 150th birthday
Mural of the Parasaurolophus Dinosaur for the Earth Sciences Museum as part of the University of Waterloo’s 50thAnniversary
Historical painting of the Schneider House, Queen Street, Kitchener, for the Joseph and Barbara (Eby) Schneider 200thAnniversary/Reunion Planning Committee
Commemorative painting of the New Hamburg Historic Grandstand
Introduced a new interpretive style of painting to complement the traditional work of the past forty years
2008 Commission painting for Gay Lea Foods marking their 100th Anniversary
Purchase of reproductions for retirees by Maple Leaf Foods of a personally commissioned painting of the original J.M. Schneider shop
Extended trip to France which included several weeks on a canal boat
The Erb Group of Companies commissioned painting to celebrate their 50 years in business, incorporating many items with much sentimental value
Commission painting of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fergus, with reproductions used as a fundraiser towards the purchase of a new organ.
2009 Started a large project to create a new website with a change of architecture
Closed the Gallery