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Foothills treasure features top artists

The Leighton Art Gallery is a hidden gem nestled in the Foothills just 15 kilometres southwest of Calgary.

It was established in 1974 by Barbara Leighton, who turned her home into a gallery and museum to exhibit husband A.C.

Leighton’s paintings and that of other prominent Alberta artists. The facility has cultivated an appreciation of art through its collection of art and artifacts and diverse education and artistic programs, becoming a gathering place for budding and professional artists and children.

It’s become well known for its outstanding exhibitions, Canadian content, fine arts and crafts and adult and children education programs and workshops.

The annual Juried Members Show features the best its artist members have to offer from May 6 to June 15.

The Clothesline Festival and Art Sale, a free event that features original unframed artworks hung outdoors on clotheslines, takes place this year on June 3 and 4 featuring more than 1,000 Albertan-made artwork including paintings, pottery, sculptures and fine crafts. For a sneak peek, head to the Sunset Soiree on June 2 for wine and gourmet appetizers.

The Leighton Art Centre marks Alberta Culture Days with its annual paint out from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 as artists take inspiration from the centre’s setting to create works of art in the outdoors. Christmas in the Country Art Sale is one of the centre’s most popular events on Nov. 4 to 12.

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