Fonds 626 Grande Prairie Guild of Artists fonds

Grande Prairie Guild of Artists. — 1983-2012. — 25.2 cm of textual records. — 39 photographs. — 34 negatives. — 1 video recordings.

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Agency History

The Grande Prairie Guild of Artists organized in 1983. The charter members had taken a landscape painting class from Robert Guest through Grande Prairie Regional College and wanted to keep painting as a group. The Guild’s first activity was an art show May 15-16, 1983, followed by its first meeting on May 19, 1983. Their objectives at the time were to have a common place to draw, paint, or sketch and to have recognized artists instruct the group through workshops. The first executive was composed of president Yvonne Dickson, secretary Dale Adamson, and treasurer Basil Tidder.

The Guild’s activities included weekly meetings to paint and receive encouragement and feedback from the other members, fieldtrips, sponsorship of numerous workshops in various media, participation in art shows throughout the region, hosting of art shows, operation of the “Art in the Park” program (2002-2004), and participation in fundraisers for other groups such as the Prairie Gallery’s “Dream Auction” and breast cancer’s “Cook for the Cure”.

The Guild’s current purpose is to further its members’ interest in art and to encourage others to participate in the enjoyment of painting. As of 2015, it is still in operation.

Custodial History

The records were donated by Jan Shields, a representative of the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists, in December 2012 and January 2013. The records were kept by several club members, including Yvonne Dickson, Dale Syrota, Louanne Hart, Valerie Ditch, and Tina Dale.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of records relating to the operation and activities of the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists. The records include incorporation documents and bylaws, minutes, agreements, financial statements, ledgers, miscellaneous financial records, membership lists, correspondence, newsletters, show and course information, art inventories, artists’ biographies, promotional material, newspaper clippings, photographs and slides of the Guild and its activities, and a video clip profiling the Guild.

The records have been arranged by the Archivists by content and chronology into the various series and files. Because the records came from so many individual sources, the overall original order of the records had been obscured. The Archivists imposed the order now shown by the records.

The records are divided into six series: Administrative Records, Financial Records, Membership, Communications, Programs and Events, and Associated Organizations.

Notes

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Table of Contents

Series 626.01Administrative Records
Series 626.02Financial Records
Series 626.03Membership
Series 626.04Communications
Series 626.05Programs and Events
Series 626.06Associated Organizations
Series 626.01Administrative Records. — 1983-2009. — 3 cm of textual records.

The series consists of records relating to the administration of the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists. The records include minutes (incomplete set 1983-2009), the certificate of incorporation (1983), bylaws, annual returns (1984-2007), agreements for room leases, and fire inspection and insurance policies (2003-2005).

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Series 626.02Financial Records. — 1983-2010. — 6.5 cm of textual records.

The series consists of records relating to the financial operations of the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists. The records include the general ledger (June 1989 – December 2008), special events ledger (June 2002 – September 2008), bank reconciliations, statements and summaries of expenses and income, balance sheets and account summaries, miscellaneous records, such as receipt books, balance sheets and statements, bank statements, cancelled cheques, cheque records, deposit slips, bills, and invoices for the years in which overall ledger records were not available (1983-1989, 2009-2010), grant applications and information (1989-1991), and banking and credit card terminal information and agreements.

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Series 626.03Membership. — 1983-2007. — 0.2 cm of textual records.

The series consists of records relating to membership in the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists. The records include lists showing member names and contact information (1983-2007).

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Series 626.04Communications. — 1983-2008. — 4 cm of textual records.

The series consists of records relating to communications sent and received by the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists. The records include blank letterhead, correspondence regarding shows, classes, events, programs, grants, room rentals, opportunities for artists, membership in related arts groups, websites, proposals, policies, surveys, and requests for input and assistance, thank you notes, and newsletters and communications from the guild to its members.

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Series 626.05Programs and Events. — [1982-2010]. — 10.5 cm of textual records. — 39 photographs. — 34 negatives. — 1 video recordings.

The series consists of textual, photographic, and videographic records relating to programs and events operated by and participated in by the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists and its members. The records include calendars of events and shows, general information about the Guild, course information and planning documents, project proposals, room rental applications and rules, inventory/price/sales lists from various shows, newspaper clippings, show invitations, exhibition contracts and agreements, show programs/catalogues, promotional material and advertisements, speaking notes, an art calendar, a proposal for funding, guest books from various shows and Art in the Park, photographs and slides showing the Guild, Art in the Park, and various shows and events, a recording on VHS of a Community Profile of the Guild in 2002 by Channel 7, and short biographies and Curriculi Vitae of artists Valerie Ditch, Jackie Ballance, Tina Dale, Yvonne Dickson, Louanne Hart, Colleen Holler, Jean Kimble, Cheryl King, Kathy Landry, Pat Nelson, Lonnie Redwood, Jan Shields, Dale Syrota, Nan Swanston, and Jean Thorton. The records also include a large amount of material specifically related to the “Art in the Park” program, including committee meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, a volunteer schedule and notes, logo, procedures, inventories, schedule of guest artists, guest artist agreements, and promotional material.

Expressions of Light Poster, [ca. 2002]
Poster
Creator: Poster
The poster of a show and sale put on by the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists at Unique Gallery in Grande Prairie called Expressions of Light that opened on June 4 and went until the 23rd.
Location: 0626.05.75
Display of Miniature Paintings, 1996
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
A display of miniature paintings of flowers in gold frames. Document with photograph reads: The Estlins and Mclevins wish to express our gratittude to the artists.
Location: 0626.05.01
Card Exchange, 2002
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
A collection of cards used in a card exchange.
Location: 0626.05.02
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists Attend a Show at the Muse Gallery, 2002
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
A group of fourteen ladies attend the show “One Sze Fits All” at the Muse Gallery February 2002.
Location: 0626.05.03
Shiela Craipley, 2002
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Artist Sheila Craipley with five of her works, possibly for Art in the Park.
Location: 0626.05.04
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists at a Workshop, 2002
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Guild members are watching a demonstration possibly at a course or workshop.
Location: 0626.05.05
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists Art Work, [ca. 2002]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists have their artwork on display outdoors.
Location: 0626.05.06
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists Workshop, [ca. 2002]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Nan Swanson and Louanne Hart attending a Wanda Ashmore “White on White” workshop.
Location: 0626.05.07
“White on White” Workshop, [ca. 2002]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists attending a Wanda Ashmore “White on White” workshop.
Location: 0626.05.08
Louanne Hart at the Art in the Park Cabin, 2003
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Louanne Hart inside the Art in the Park cabin that was located between Centre 2000 and the Elks Hall.
Location: 0626.05.09
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists Art Display, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists paintings on display in the Al Robertson Room in Centre 2000.
Location: 0626.05.10
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists Members, 2003
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists members under their Art in the Park sign.
Location: 0626.05.11
Rain Barrel Painting, 2003
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Standing outside the Art in the Park cabin are seven Grande Prairie Guild of Artists members showing a painting on a rain barrel.
Location: 0626.05.12
Dale Syroda and Suzanne Painting a Rain Barrel, August 2003
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Dale Syroda and Suzanne painting a rain barrel for the first annual Euphemia McNaught Festival.
Location: 0626.05.13
Dale Syroda and Jan Shields, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Dale Syroda and Jan Shields at the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.14
Artists Gayle Barabash, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Guest artist Gayle Barabash at the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.15
Nancy at the Art in the Park Cabin, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Nancy on her cell phone at the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.16
Interior of the Art in the Park Cabin, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
The card displays and paintings on the wall at the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.17
Front Counter of the Art in the Park Cabin, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
The front counter of the Art in the Park cabin with art work displayed on the distant wall.
Location: 0626.05.18
Display of Artist’s Cards, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
A display of cards depicting secenes of waterfalls, mountains, fields, etc.
Location: 0626.05.19
Artists At The Art In The Park Cabin, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
A group of nine ladies inside the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.20
Pat and Corinne At The Art In The Park Cabin, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Pat with Corinne at the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.21
Yvonne Making a Sale, [ca. 2003]
1 digital photograph (tif); colour; 640 x 480 pixels (141 KB)
Yvonne making a sale at the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.22
Dale, Colleen and Louanne At the Cabin, [ca. 2003]
1 digital photograph (tif); colour; 640 x 480 pixels (138 KB)
Dale, Colleen and Louanne setting up at the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.23
Val Behind the Desk, [ca. 2003]
1 digital photograph (tif); colour; 640 x 480 pixels (141 KB)
Dale, Colleen and Louanne setting up at the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.24
Art in the Park Gathering, [ca. 2003]
1 digital photograph (tif); colour; 640 x 480 pixels (141 KB)
Tina and friends socializing on the porch of the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.25
Dale, Yvonne and Unknown, [ca. 2003]
1 digital photograph (tif); colour; 640 x 480 pixels (145 KB)
Dale, Yvonne with a lady inside the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.26
Front View of the Art in the Park Cabin, [ca. 2003]
1 digital photograph (tif); colour; 640 x 480 pixels (137 KB)
The exterior of the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.27
Front View of the Art in the Park Cabin, [ca. 2003]
1 Digital photograph ( tif); colour; 640 x 480 pixels (142 KB)
The exterior of the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.28
People Gathered at the Art in the Park Cabin, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Guild of Artists members on a cold day outside the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.29
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists Ladies, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists enjoying a picnic outside the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.30
Slides of Grande Prairie Guild of Artists’ Artwork, [ca. 2003]
34 slides; colour; 35 mm
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists artwork depicting scenes in nature, wildlife, buildings, etc.
Location: 0626.05.31-64
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists at Pyramid Lake Resort, August 2003
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
A Grande Prairie Guild of Artists group trip for six nights at Pyramid Lake Resort. They didn’t attend any workshops but travelled there to free paint. L-R Angela Field, Val Ditch, Nancy McCade, Suzanne Sandboe, Dale Syrota, Tina Dale, Lily Tornabe (Tina’s sister).
Location: 0626.05.65
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists Drawing a Name, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
The ladies are of the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists are helping with the draw at the Cook for the Fundraiser.
Location: 0626.05.66
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists at Cook for the Cure Fundraiser, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists at their display at the Cook for the Cure Fundraiser.
Location: 0626.05.67
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists Members Painting Outside, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 10 x 4 cm.
Some of the Guild members are outdoors, some members are painting and others are visiting.
Location: 0626.05.68
Marion and Corinne at the Art in the Park Cabin, 2003
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Marion and Corinne behind the desk at the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.69
Val at the Art in the Park Cabin, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Val at the Art in the Park cabin.
Location: 0626.05.70
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists Members at a Workshop, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
A group photograph of sixteen menbers of the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists attending an event.
Location: 0626.05.71
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists Members, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
A group photograph of eight menbers of the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists at an art show.
Location: 0626.05.72
Grande Prairie Guild of Artists Members Arm in Arm, [ca. 2003]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
A group photograph of eight menbers of the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists at an art show arm in arm.
Location: 0626.05.73
Guilds 5 Minutes of Fame, October 2002
Video Cassette
The Grande Prairie Guild of Artists were featured on Channel 7 in Grande Prairie. The four minute feature on the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists discusses it’s history, weekly sessions, events, shows. There is also an interview with chairperson Pat Nelson as well Yvonne Dickson. Grande Prairie Community Events and Services with several groups advertized. Northern cablevision News on 7 includes news, commercials, weather, sports, commercials and profiles the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists.
Location: 0626.05.74
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Series 626.06Associated Organizations. — [1982-2010]. — 1 cm of textual records.

The series consists of records relating to arts groups associated with the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists, including the Peace Region Arts Conference (1985-86), the Peace Region Artist’s Guild (ca. 1989), the Allied Arts Council (1990-91), and Art of the Peace. The records include general information, agendas and minutes, correspondence, participant lists, schedules, and newsletters and magazines.

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