Annora Brown: pioneer interpreter of the western Canadian landscape

“By the 1930s artists were capturing scenes from many Canadian landscapes,” Annora Brown wrote from the Ontario College of Art. “Their canvases depicted Quebec, Ontario, outpost Winnipeg and a strip of the West Coast.” But her own prairie region “was as little known as the Antarctic landscape!” She resolved to change that omission, though I’m…Continue Reading

The Life and Work of Annora Brown

JOYCE SASSE – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR There’s a treasure chest of Annora Brown paintings located in the Collections and Research Archives of Calgary’s Glenbow Museum. The shame is that only occasionally have they been displayed or lent to other public institutions. The blessing is that they have been so carefully preserved they are of pristine quality.…Continue Reading

Cameo: Annora’s wild flower garden

Cameo: Conservation through art

Cameo: From Fort Macleod with love

Cameo: One with the landscape

Cameo: Researching ‘Old Man’s Garden’

Cameo: Thanks, Miss Brown

Annora Brown project

Funds raised for Digitization project

Between 1930 and 1960 the Chinook Belt region of Southern Alberta underwent incredible change. That’s when Fort Macleod artist Annora Brown tried, with pen and paint brush, to record our unique landscape, our indigenous culture and our magnificent flora and fauna. Her dynamic depictions are without equal.

In 2016 a major initiative of the Galt Museum (Lethbridge), the Fort Macleod Gazette, and writer Joyce Sasse is to bring to full flame the life and work of this pioneer artist, historian and conservationist.
Since a large portion of her paintings have been stored in the Glenbow Museum archives Collection and Research Archives for fifty years, we have launched an initiative to have those 260 archived paintings digitized so they can be viewed by the public. Contributions to this project can be made to

Joyce Sasse for the Annora Brown Project,
P.O. Box 92, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0

In the early 60’s Sasse first became acquainted with Brown’s work when it was being marketed in Waterton Park. She has resolved to see that this work be brought back to the prominence it deserves.