Vibrant art scene a must see

The Diamond Valley area has carved out a special niche for artists and art lovers.

In downtown Black Diamond, the Bluerock Gallery embraces the 100-mile diet approach when it comes to artwork, featuring the work of Alberta artists. The gallery showcases original paintings, pottery, jewelry, glass, books, furniture, metalwork and much more. Just up the street, the Black Diamond Gallery boasts some exotic treasures and historical art pieces from around the world including luxurious silk and wool carpets, imported teak root and hardwood furniture, and various sculptures.Another unique shopping experience is the Branch Market & Studio, which features up-cycled and repurposed furniture and home décor and a collection of local modern handmade goods and gifts, as well as an opportunity to make your own creations in the studio.

Those with a love for glass can check out the award-winning Firebrand Glass Studio to see glassblowing first-hand and view beautifully-crafted glass pieces.

Don’t miss the Cultivation of Art Show at Vale’s Greenhouse in Black Diamond June 23 through 25. This event features the work of dozens of artists from the area.

Just three kilometers west on Highway 22, the Sheep River Library in Turner Valley displays the work of local artists in its own art gallery.

For the chance to take in various art venues in one trip join The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta to see hidden gems in Millarville, Turner Valley, Black Diamond and Longview while enjoying the beautiful scenery along the Cowboy Trail. Check out themostbeautifularttourinalberta.com

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