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Glenbow Museum puts Annora Brown collection on-line

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The Glenbow Museum has digitized its collection of 260 works of art by Fort Macleod artist Annora Brown.

Glenbow Museum in Calgary last week announced that thanks to a donation and fund-raising effort by Joyce Sasse, the museum has digitized 260 Annora Brown artworks from its collection.
The digitization project adds to efforts to make Glenbow’s collection more widely accessible and available for study and reference by the public.
“As a young person working in Waterton Park in the late ’50s, I was smitten by Annora Brown’s paintings,” Sasse said. “For the first time I saw images that were about my south Alberta world — the landscapes, the Blackfoot people and the wild flowers.”
“So much of it, while beautifully stored at the Glenbow, was not available for public viewing. Now, with the photographing and digitizing of this collection, we can again see and celebrate the great contribution made by this quiet, shy woman from Fort Macleod.”
Annora Brown was born near Red Deer, Alberta in 1899 and grew up in Fort Macleod.
Her father was a member of the North West Mounted Police and her mother was one of Fort Macleod’s first schoolteachers.
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Annora Brown also became a teacher, but after four years she chose to attend the Ontario College of Art in Toronto.
Her teachers, among others, were Arthur Lismer and J.E.H. MacDonald.
In 1929, Brown began teaching at Mount Royal College in Calgary, but decided to return to Fort Macleod in 1931, where she did field work for the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta, in the area of art and handicrafts.
From 1945 to 1950, Brown taught at the Banff School of Fine Arts.
In 1954, she published Old Man’s Garden, a book in which Brown recorded legends and stories of the flora of the Old Man River, Waterton Lakes National Park, and other areas of southern Alberta. She also illustrated children’s books.
Brown was inspired by the surroundings where she grew up — the countryside around Fort Macleod and its people.
The flowers and plants of the Fort Macleod area were one of Brown’s favourite subjects.
She had extensive knowledge of Alberta’s flowers, as she travelled throughout the province, taking long hikes to study different flowers in full bloom.
In 1957, the Glenbow Foundation commissioned Brown to paint 200 pictures of different Alberta wildflowers.
It took her three years to complete this assignment, since so many admirers bought pieces. In the end, she completed 500 pieces.
Images from Glenbow’s art collection, including the works of Annora Brown, can be searched by visiting
For more on the Annora Brown project visit

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