Monday, October 23, 2017

IN MEMORIAM: Rolf Karl Schnieders (1928-2015)

Rolf K. Schnieders (1928-2015)

"Mr. Rolf Schnieders, age 87 years, passed away peacefully in the T.B.R.H.S.C. on Thursday, September 3, 2015. Rolf was born in Uelzen, Germany on April 29, 1928, the son of Heinrich and Kathe Schnieders. Rolf came to Northwestern Ontario (Hurkett), in 1951 on a two year contract with Great Lakes Forest Products.

He hoped by coming to Canada that he would earn enough money to further his education in Germany as well as help support his widowed mother and young brother in Uelzen. He bought out his contract within six months and made the decision that Canada would now be his new home. Rolf had a wonderful entrepreneurial spirit and he was involved with many different business ventures during his lifetime. 

Included in his various businesses were ACE Motor Electric which he started and which specialized in motor rewinding and Midwest Manufacturing. Rolf was a very hardworking man who admired others who did the same. He had many interests and especially loved fishing, dogs, gardening, and collecting just about everything and anything. 

Family and friends were very special to Rolf." 

A memorial service was held on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street, with Rev. Hubert Den Draak presiding. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Bernie Schnieders Memorial Award c/o Lakehead University or the charity of your choice would be most appreciated. 

On-line condolences may be made at



Ms. Carmen Robertson* noted that Mr. Schnieders was "well-known conduit for Morrisseau's paintings in the Thunder Bay region" and was "actively handling works by the artist since 1960s. He operated small store on May St., in Thunder Bay ON called 'Yesterday's Treasures' for a number of years and this was one way he sold works by Morrisseau." 

* - An associate professor of contemporary Aboriginal art history in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan & Member of the defunct Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS)



At the same time when I originally introduced Mr. Rolf Schnieders on this platform I introduced individual that was selling paintings that originated from Mr. Schnieders' collection - Mr. Anthony (Tony) Martinenko; art dealer from Winnipeg, Manitoba; who is an important element in describing many of the issues involving Norval Morrisseau's art that have been offered for sale all across Canada in the past two decades.

He took over art dealing activities from Alan (Al) R. Swanson (August 10, 1947- November 05, 1998) who dealt with paintings from Mr. Rolf Schnieders' collection. Another individual introduced who sold many paintings that originated from the same source was Darcy Boylan (1964-2003), also deceased, from Thunder Bay, Ontario.


Thunder Bay Art Gallery which holds art pieces from the Helen E. Band Collection had received in 2002 a donation of an oil painting on natural birch bark 'After Spirit of the Fourth' (Catalogue No.: 02.3.1); 24.8 cm x 26.2 cm (1958 ):

'After Spirit of the Fourth' (birch bark), 24.8 cm x 26.2 cm; © 1958 Norval Morrisseau (Thunder Bay Gallery Catalogue No.: 02.3.1)
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'After Spirit of the Fourth' (birch bark), 24.8 cm x 26.2 cm; © 1958 Norval Morrisseau; signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique (Thunder Bay Gallery Catalogue No.: 02.3.1) ~ VERSO
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This painting was donated in October 2002 by William H. Wallace and "an associate [2]" which came directly from Mr. Rolf Schnieders' Private Collection. Both Mr. Wallace and Mr. Schnieders are from Thunder Bay, Ontario.

[2] - Mr. Rolf Schnieders (1928-2015)


> Mr. Anthony Martinenko was also seen selling Norval Morrisseau's paintings on 'eBay' that he acquired directly from Mr. Schnieders (click HERE).

> Mr. Rolf Schnieders acquired paintings for his collection from different sources one of which was Mr. David Voss who also supplied paintings for the Kahn Auction ('Randy Potter Estate Auctions') namely to Mr. Randy Potter (co-owner/auctioneer).-

> Mr. Schnieders' collection was one of the major sources of Norval Morrisseau's paintings that were supplied to different galleries all across Canada by Mr. Anthony Martinenko who supplied paintings even to Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery, Aldergrove, BC for many years (click HERE, HERE & HERE).

> Among other galleries Mr. Anthony Martinenko was supplying Norval Morrisseau's paintings to Maslak McCleod Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta and Nick Lebessis' Sedna Art Gallery in Banff, Alberta and Northern Art Impressions in Lake Louise (Samson Mall), Alberta.

> Also, my first Norval Morrisseau's painting was purchased in Winter 1999-2000 from Mr. Anthony Martinenko who acquired it from Mr. Rolf Schnieders' private collection (click HERE)!


Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker

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