Fonds 595 Evy McBryan fonds

Evy McBryan fonds. — 1957-1974. — 182 slides.

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Biographical Sketch

Evelyn Beatrice Hook was born in Somerset, England on April 25, 1911. She was the second child of Clifford Stanley Hook and Jessica Beatrice Williams. The Hook family emigrated to Canada in 1913. They stayed awhile with Jessica’s brother in Regina before moving to Edmonton, where Clifford, a jeweller and watchmaker, was employed by G. F. Watcher. The Hook family moved to Grande Prairie when Clifford purchased the R. H. Watcher business in March 1918. Except for a brief time in Ontario ca. 1919-1920, when her father attended the College of Optometry, Evy spent the remainder of her life in Grande Prairie. Her oldest sister, Irene, had died as a toddler in England, but three boys were added to the family in Canada: Ted in 1913, Robert in 1918, and Jack in 1926.

In 1934, Jessica moved to Vancouver with the three boys, for medical reasons. By that time, Evelyn was already married to Henry (Harry) Newtonand studying art with Euphemia (Betty) McNaught, a well-known Peace Country artist. Evy attended the Vancouver School of Art in 1936, but subsequently took short courses at the University of Alberta, where she was influenced by instructors Doug Barry, H.G. Glyde, and J.B. Taylor.

Evy and Harry had one son, Stanley “Val” Newton, born February 14, 1938. A short time later, World War II was underway, and in 1942, construction of the Alaska Highway began. At that time, McNaught and McBryan were commissioned by Prime Minister Mackenzie King “to document, in paintings, the construction of the Alaska Highway.” These paintings are now in the collections of

In the latter 1940s, Harry and Evy ran the Alberta 5¢ to $1.00 Store on Richmond Avenue. Harry died on June 22, 1946 following a long illness, but Evy continued to run the store in partnership with her family, who had a series of jewelry and gift shops in Grande Prairie, Dawson Creek, and Ft. St. John. On March 6, 1948, Evelyn married William Clemens McBryan of Clairmont. A few years later, Evy’s son Val died on April 12, 1953 at age 15. Evy and Bill had one daughter, Marilee.

Evelyn McBryan was a tireless worker for Visual Arts in the Peace Country. She organized the Grande Prairie Art Club out of her own home, and became the director of the Arts and and Crafts Guild in 1958. She also served as the Coordinator for Arts and Crafts for the City of Grande Prairie (1964-1974), on the provincial Board of Culture and the Visual Arts Board (ca. 1960), and on the Alberta Arts Foundation Board (ca. 1973), where she established a school exhibition program and organized the Peace Region Arts Council. She also assisted in establishing the Prairie Art Gallery. For all of these efforts, in 1976 she was awarded the Alberta Achievement Award.

After re-tiring from all the boards and committee work, Evy continued with her own artwork. Her last one-woman show was at the Prairie Art Gallery in October 1982; and her last exhibit was held in Beaverlodge, where she had studied with Euphemia McNaught, in the spring of 1983. Evelyn McBryan died in Grande Prairie at age 74 on October 19, 1985. Her second husband William McBryan died in February 1987 at the age of 68.

Custodial History

Slides were preserved by Evy’s daughter Merilee and passed on to Valerie Hook, Evy’s niece. They were deposited in the South Peace Regional Archives by Ken Belke, Valerie Hook’s husband, in 2011.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of 182 colour slides from 1957 to 1974, during the time Evy was most active with supporting the Arts, and when she lived with her family on a farm just outside Grande Prairie. Some labeled and dated, on the subjects of gardens, people (including Evy’s Junior Art Class), scenery, farm, horses, vacations, Jasper, Chinook Ridge, Peace River, Smoky, Pipestone, Stoney Lake, Monkman Pass, Dunvegan, Taylor Flats, and Reflection Lake.

The collection also includes slides of her brother Jack, wife Pearl, and their children Shelley and Ted; slides of their friends Bert & Jean Dalgleish and their farm near Pipestone Creek; and

Notes

Ged and His Jeep, [ca. 1957]
2 slides; colour; large format
Jeep with a group of five people.
Location: 0595.01.001-002
Evy McBryan’ Garden, 1957
11 slides; colour; 35 mm
Eleven slides of Evy McBryan’s garden at 9804-100th Avenue.
Location: 0595.01.003-013
Jimmy Bushaw’s Birthday Party, 1957
2 slides; colour; 35 mm
Two slides of nine unidentified children at Jimmy Busaw’s Birthday Party, one including his expectant mother at the side of the photograph.
Location: 0595.01.014-016
Diane Sykes Christening, 1957
2 slides; colour; 35 mm
Two slides of Diane Sykes in her christening robe in September 1957, one including her mother Lee.
Location: 0595.01.016-017
Doug Dalgliesh on Accordian, 1957
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Doug Dalgliesh playing his accordian in the summer of 1957.
Location: 0595.01.018
Toddler Paddling in the Mud, 1957
2 slides; colour; 35 mm
Toddler identified as “Shelley” paddling in a muddy pond in the Spring of 1957.
Location: 0595.01.019-020
Record Wheat Crop, 1958
4 slides; colour; 35 mm
Four slides of a record wheat crop at Bear Lake on August 1, 1958. Included in the photographs are Jack (21), Shelley, Ted and Pearl (22), and Bill (23).
Location: 0595.01.021-023
On the Hart Highway, 1958
2 slides; colour; 35 mm
Two slides from a trip down the Hart Highway in August 1958, showing Bill and his dog on a rocky outcrop with the mountains in the background.
Location: 0595.01.024-025
Ged and His Jeep, 1958
2 slides; colour; 35 mm
Two slides of “Ged and his Jeep”. There are three other unidentified people in the photograph.
Location: 0595.01.026-027
Shelley Hook, 1959
3 slides; colour; 35 mm
Three slides of Evy and Bill McBryan with Shelley Hook in March of 1959.
Location: 0595.01.028-030
Children Playing, 1958
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
John and children, Christmas 1958.
Location: 0595.01.031
At the Dalgleish Home, 1959
3 slides; colour; 35 mm
Three slides showing activities at the Dalgleish home in 1957: a sing-along with Beulah and the Dalgleish parents; Jean Dalgleish, Mrs. Ledky (Leckie? Jean’s mother) and daughter; and Bert Dagleish.
Location: 0595.01.032-034
Bill and Frances, 1957
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Bill McBryan on a horse named Frances in June of 1957.
Location: 0595.01.035
Merilee McBryan, 1965
2 slides; colour; 35 mm
Two slides showing Merilee McBryan and Bill and Merilee McBryan on the hills overlooking the Peace River in the Fall of 1965.
Location: 0595.01.036-037
Nina & Merilee McBryan, 1974
2 slides; colour; 35 mm
Two slides showing Nina and Merilee McBryan, one at a picnic in the yard and the other on the banks of the river.
Location: 0595.01.038-039
Black Jack, 1959
3 slides; colour; 35 mm
Black Jack, one of the McBryan horses, with Shelley (40), the Hargreave children (41), and Ges Hargreave (42) in June of 1959.
Location: 0595.01.040-042
The Queen’s Visit, 1959
2 slides; colour; 35 mm
Two slides from a trip to Edmonton during Queen Elizabeth’s visit on July 6th, 1959. One slide shows Mrs. Field and Mrs. Ellis waiting for the cavalcade, the other shows the Queen’s car.
Location: 0595.01.043-044
Trip to Jasper, [ca. 1957]
10 slides; colour; 35 mm
Ten slides showing a trip to Jasper ca. 1957. Scenes include Autumn in Jasper (45), Deer in Jasper (46), Mt. Robson (47), Swift Current River (48), buildings in Jasper (49), totem pole at Jasper (50), Pyramid Lake and Mountain (51), reflections of the mountains in Pyramid Lake (52), the Athabasca Valley (53), and the Jasper-Athabasca Highway (54).
Location: 0595.01.045-054
Stony Lake, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Looking east, Stony Lake.
Location: 0595.01.055
Stony Lake, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Looking west, Stony Lake, on a bright afternoon.
Location: 0595.01.056
Grizzly Valley, Monkman Pass, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Looking west, Stony Lake, on a bright afternoon.
Location: 0595.01.057
Rec Palmer No. 3 Rig, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Rec Palmer No. 3 oil rig in Grizzly Valley on the Monkman Pass.
Location: 0595.01.058
Peace River, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Town of Peace River and the bridge over the river.
Location: 0595.01.059
Bill McBryan’s Horses, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Bill McBryan’s horses.
Location: 0595.01.060
Fishing the Smoky, [ca. 1956]
2 slides; colour; 35 mm
Dorothy and Eric on the Smoky River–Eric is fishing.
Location: 0595.01.061-062
Bridge Over the Cutbank River, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Bridge Over the Cutbank River.
Location: 0595.01.063
Chinook Ridge, [ca. 1956]
2 slides; colour; 35 mm
Road over Chinook Ridge on the way to the mountains and Two Lakes.
Location: 0595.01.064-065
Deer in Jasper Park, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Family stops to view a deer close up in Jasper National Park.
Location: 0595.01.066
Bear in Jasper Park, [ca. 1956]
7 slides; colour; 35 mm
Seven slides of people interacting with a bear on the highway in Jasper National Park.
Location: 0595.01.067-073
Columbia Glacier, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Columbia Glacier in Jasper National Park.
Location: 0595.01.074
Honeymoon Lake, [ca. 1956]
2 slides; colour; 35 mm
Two slides of Honeymoon Lake in Jasper National Park, one showing toddler Ted Hook.
Location: 0595.01.075-76
Buck Lake, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Buck Lake.
Location: 0595.01.077
Wapiti Across Athabasca, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Wapiti Across Athabasca.
Location: 0595.01.078
Edna Lake, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Edna Lake.
Location: 0595.01.079
Dunvegan Hill, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
View of the Peace River from the top of Dunvegan Hill.
Location: 0595.01.080
Taylor Flats, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Taylor Flats, as seen from the highway between Dawson Creek and Ft. St. John, on the BC side of the Peace Country.
Location: 0595.01.081
Hudic’s Colts, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Hudic’s horses and colts in the meadow.
Location: 0595.01.082
Everett & Chief, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Everett and Chief, the horse.
Location: 0595.01.083
Betty & Chief, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Betty and Chief, the horse.
Location: 0595.01.084
Autumn Foliage, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Autumn foliage at the farm.
Location: 0595.01.085
Dixie and Lady, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Dixie and Lady, two of the horses at Bill McBryan’s farm.
Location: 0595.01.086
Cabana, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Cabana, one of the horses at Bill McBryan’s farm.
Location: 0595.01.087
Bill’s Horses, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
The horses on Bill McBryan’s farm.
Location: 0595.01.088
Young Artists, [ca. 1956]
2 slides; colour; 35 mm
Evy McBryan started a class for young artists. Here are a group of them in a meadow, possibly on McBryan’s farm.
Location: 0595.01.089-090
On the Way to Two Lakes, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Same trip as 595.01.065, the burnt out forests on the way to Two Lakes.
Location: 0595.01.091
Bill McBryan, 1957
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Photograph of Bill McBryan, taken January 1957 on Kodak ektachrome film with a blue flash.
Location: 0595.01.092
Bill McBryan, 1957
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Photograph of Bill McBryan, taken in January 1957 on Kodak ektachrome film with available light.
Location: 0595.01.093
Lady, 1957
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Winter photograph of Bill McBryan’s horse, Lady, taken in January 1957 on Kodak ektachrome film.
Location: 0595.01.094
The House on 102 Street, [ca. 1957]
2 slides; colour; 35 mm
Winter photographs of the front and back of a row of houses on 102 Street in Grande Prairie.
Location: 0595.01.095-096
In the Country, [ca. 1957]
18 slides; colour; 35 mm
Eighteeen slides of a farm in the country and a retreat in the mountains. Farm could possibly be that of Bert & Jean Dalgleish, who were good friends of the McBryans.
Location: 0595.01.097-114
Sing-a-long at the Dalgleish Home, [ca. 1957]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Sing-a-long at the Dalgleish Home, with the older Mr. Dalgleish (Alexander?) at the piano. Bert Dalgleish is sitting nearby.
Location: 0595.01.115
Horses, [ca. 1957]
11 slides; colour; 35 mm
Evy McBryan riding horses, and the horses at Bill McBryan’s farm.
Location: 0595.01.116-126
George Sayle’s Combine, [ca. 1957]
2 slides; colour; 35 mm
Mel Krebe with George Sayle’s combine.
Location: 0595.01.127-128
Pinto Horse, [ca. 1957]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Pinto pony, possibly one of Bert Dalgleish’s ponies.
Location: 0595.01.129
Colt Training, [ca. 1957]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Working with a young colt in the farm corrals.
Location: 0595.01.130
Merilee and the Game Farm, 1963
16 slides; colour; 35 mm
Sixteen slides of the McBryans with their young daughter Merilee, showing various scenes at a playground in winter, a road trip, and a visit to a game farm.
Location: 0595.01.131-146
Arts and Crafts Display, [ca. 1958]
9 slides; colour; 35 mm
Nine slides showing displays of Arts & Crafts, possibly after Evy became director of the Arts & Craft Guild in 1958.
Location: 0595.01.147-155
Merilee McBryan, 1960-1961
4 slides; colour; 35 mm
Four slides of Merilee McBryan as a toddler.
Location: 0595.01.156-159
Evy’s Paintings, 1960-1961
3 slides; colour; 35 mm
Three slides showing samples of Evy McBryan’s paintings. One of them is identified as “Painting St. Ives”.
Location: 0595.01.160-162
Merilee McBryan, [1965]
4 slides; colour; 35 mm
Four slides of Merilee McBryan as a preschooler, at her birthday party and in the winter at her home and possibly the Grande Prairie Ski Hill.
Location: 0595.01.163-166
Trip to the Northwest Territories, [1965]
16 slides; colour; 35 mm
Sixteen slides produced after a trip over the Mackenzie Highway around 1965. Scenes include Great Slave Lake (with the Mission in the background), Louise Falls, the Indian Mission at Hay River, the Hay River, Lady Evelyn Falls, Ft. Providence, the Ferry on the McKenzie River, White Hart Lake, the picnic site at Alexandra Falls, and looking towards Yellowknife with the Escarpment in the foreground. There is also a photo of Chief Simba at Kakisa Lake and two of Merilee at Great Slave Lake.
Location: 0595.01.167-182