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Vibrant art scene showcases local talents

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 paintings, pottery, jewelry, glass, books, furniture, metalwork and much more. Everything for sale is original and not reproduced. Just a short walk away is Maryanne’s Eden, where visitors can view the work of local artist Maryanne Jespersen. Don’t miss the Cultivation of Art Show at Vale’s Greenhouse in Black Diamond on June 19 and 20. This event features the work of dozens of artists from the area.

Each month, the Sheep River Library in Turner Valley offers artists the opportunity to display their artwork for library users, residents and tourists alike to peruse. The Sheep Creek Arts Council is a volunteer organization located in Turner Valley that works to promote art in the area and offers numerous classes and workshops. The arts council hosts a rhubarb festival and quilt show during the Discovery Days festivities and a bake sale with everything rhubarb. The group also provides scholarships to local students pursuing arts. For more information go to

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Caption: Black Diamond photographer Candice Edwards has been shooting photography for 25 years. The Diamond Valley area is home to a vibrant art scene.


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