As a child in Fort Macleod, Annora Brown was sensitive to the people around who pitied the fact “she had to grow up in a place like this.” But her mother insisted she learn to value what was right before her eyes. That made all the difference.

2 - From a Woman's Perspective – Joyce Sasse
The collective memory of people living in small communities is astounding. Sharing that memory with each other is where we need to start when re-calling Annora Brown’s Life & Legacy story.

3 - From the Annora Brown Story – Joyce Sasse

“Annora Brown is in important figure in Fort Macleod”, Frank McTighe wrote in support of the Life & Legacy Project. “It is in the best interest of our community, province and country to ensure Annora Brown’s work is readily available to the public … It is our job”, the Macleod Gazette editor noted, “to promote and share (this) work with the community at large.”

4 - Significance of "Life & Legacy Project" - Joyce Sasse

“I’ll just look her up on Google”, one young woman commented when I told her about our “Annora Brown Life & Legacy Project”.

5 - Looking for Memorabilia - Joyce Sasse
Each time I read Annora Brown’s writings, or read what others have written about her, I gain new insight into who she was and what she has to offer today.

6 - Annora Brown's Wisdom - Joyce Sasse
Imagine overhearing Annora Brown visiting with Joe and Josephine Crowshoe, who became spiritual leaders of the Pikanii people.

7 - Annora Brown & the Blackfoot Connection - Joyce Sasse
Annora Brown was a teacher, as was her mother. Teachers convey ideas to their students and through their students. She did this by choice of subject matter and the belief that her world was vibrant with possibility.

8 - Educator - Joyce Sasse
Annora Brown drew the illustrations for Amy Wilsons’ book No Man Stands Alone. It must have been a work of delight for someone who could so identify with the nurse and her story.

9 - In Her Time - Joyce Sasse
  Annora Brown never disputed the request made for her to return home to care for her parents, though she felt inadequate as a nurse, home-maker and financial provider. Stoically, she carried on. A few stolen moments with her sketch pad was her only release.

10 - Pride of Place - Joyce Sasse
The situation for single, professional women in Annora Brown’s time was vibrant with opportunity – and she was more than capable of living up to the challenge.

11 - A Web of Mindfulness - Joyce Sasse
Our goal is to preserve and record the life and achievements of Ms. Brown. If you have any information, know where we can locate private / public paintings, would like to send us copies of books or you are willing to donate to help with costs for acquiring / re-matting paintings and prints etc., please contact us at
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Picture courtesy of Mary-Beth Laviolette
Annora Brown was profoundly inspired by the Fortnightly Club and the arrival of “Book Boxes” from McGill University, which started in Fort Macleod in 1908. From the collection of books found in those boxes, Annora’s mother and friends would use the information to share in-depth studies of a variety of subjects. The boxes arrived every two weeks and laid the foundation for the artist/writer’s later in-depth studies in history. The Club continues to meet regularly, 110 years later.

12 - Book Boxes & Paintings - Joyce Sasse

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Digitized photographs of 260 Annora Brown paintings in the Glenbow Museum (wild flowers, Blackfoot culture & art, landscapes in the Oldman and Waterton River drainage area) can be viewed at:
Annora Brown wrote, in her introduction to Old Man’s Garden, that her intention was to “gossip about the flowers of the west” because she wanted to “gather under one cover some of the legend and lore (about them) that is to be found lying in odd corners.”

13 - Gossiping about Annora Brown - Joyce Sasse
Mountain Shooting Star 58.45.23 - Collection of Glenbow
Used with permission of Annora Brown Estate
Ten years after Annora Brown retired from Fort Macleod, in her autobiography she recalled how important childhood play was.

14 - Learning Through Play - Joyce Sasse
  “Follow Annora Brown’s story”, I told myself, “and see what it tells me.” It’s been a wonderful journey of discovery, disclosing the source for many of my basic values.

15 - Annora Brown’s Aura of Influence - Joyce Sasse
16 - Annora Brown: Trailblazer - Joyce Sasse
Without a doubt, Annora Brown was a trailblazer. Fort Macleod was not much bigger than a settlement community when she was unexpectedly called back home in 1930. But that’s where she replanted herself and, with stubborn tenacity, brought her creative trailblazing calling to bloom.

17 - From Annora Brown’s Lecture Notes: the Saskatoon – Joyce Sasse
“Saskatoon – symbol of the spring time and plenty. What would the prairie west be without the Saskatoon – the shrub whose blossoms whiten the spring hillsides and whose berries hang heavy in the summer woods?

18 - Annora Brown Lectured on the Buffalo Berry – Joyce Sasse
“No berry, except the Saskatoon, is mentioned more often in the journals of travelers in the west a few generations ago (the buffalo berry).” Annora Brown said when speaking to a Macleod audience in 1939.

For her time, Annora Brown was a modern woman with her bobbed haircut, her decision to own and drive a second-hand car, and her plans to live on her own as an art instructor.

19 - Single Woman, Small Town – Joyce Sasse
 “Annora Brown is the hand of the flower sower and the eye of time,” an art critic wrote in 1972 after viewing a Glenbow exhibit of her two hundred paintings of rare wildflowers from southwestern Alberta. “For when the lily blooms no more, should man yet be alive, she will review for him the glory that was, and advise him of the glory to be.”

20 - Annora’s Chest of Treasures – Joyce Sasse
 Annora Brown was a passionate conservationist, an accomplished historian and educator, and a prolific artist. The work she produced between 1930 and 1960 was of the highest quality. It was about the life and landscape of Southwestern Alberta. Then, because of diminished health, she had to leave her home in Fort Macleod and retire to the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island.

1 - Legacy Learnings – Joyce Sasse
When I first saw Annora Brown’s paintings in the late 50’s, I was awe-struck. They were so much about us. Now we have the opportunity to hear others tell what they believe to be her legacy.

21 - Annora’s Many Legacy Gifts To Us – Joyce Sasse
In spite of the many hardships pioneer artist Annora Brown faced, she developed an amazing capacity for resilience. Her restorative secret, she wrote in her autobiography Sketches from Life, was the healing power found in nature.

22 - The Restorative Powers of Nature – Joyce Sasse
When we look closely at Annora Brown’s landscape paintings we see how masterfully she planned her design techniques and use of colour and light to express what she wanted to say.

23 - Annora Brown: Mistress with Watercolour – Joyce Sasse