New at the Garside Art Gallery & Studio in Longview…

February is Exposure Festival month in Alberta and no – we are not doing polar bear swims, we are exposing our best images! Please join us at the Garside Gallery for “On a Wing and a Prayer” an exhibit by Debra Garside and Robert Pierce Butler. The exhibit features new photographic works from Mongolia, Tibet, Chile, Sable Island and more. … Read More

Tomorrow is Ugly Christmas Sweater Day – are you ready??

Raise your hand – who loves to treasure hunt? Did you know there are some great thrift shops, consignment stores and boutiques in the Cool Little Towns region, right on Calgary’s doorstep? Check out this Map of our Cool Little Thrift Shops created in honour of National Thrift Shop Day, in August….and repurposed for National Ugly Christmas Sweater day 2018 … Read More

Youth Works 2018 Brings Local Youth Artists to Leighton Art Centre

YOUTH WORKS 2018  DECEMBER 1, 2018 – JANUARY 5, 2019 FREE ADMISSION OPENING RECEPTION: DECEMBER 1, 2018 | 2-4 pm SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR LOCAL YOUTH ARTISTS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA After four successful years, the Leighton Art Centre (LAC) has opened its doors once again to the youth artists of Calgary and Okotoks. Featuring artwork from junior and senior high school … Read More

The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta Celebrates the Holiday Season

Black Diamond, AB – Showcasing the natural and artistic beauty of southern Alberta, all within a 45 minute drive from Calgary, seven Foothills artists and art organizations on the southern outskirts of Calgary come together to host “The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta”.  The beautiful environment of the area has inspired many of the artists whose works the tour features. … Read More

Christmas in the Country Art Sale at Leighton Art Centre

 CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY ART SALE NOVEMBER 3-4 & 10-11, 2018 10 AM – 4 PM FREE ADMISSION HUNDREDS OF BEAUTIFUL UNFRAMED ARTWORKS & FINE CRAFT WORKS BY LOCAL ALBERTAN ARTISTS! Leighton Art Centre presents two weekends of Christmas cheer in Alberta’s beautiful Foothills region! Over a thousand pieces of fine craft and unframed artworks by local artists will fill the Historic … Read More

The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta – Join Us

September 28-30, 2018* Black Diamond, AB – Showcasing the natural and artistic beauty of southern Alberta, all within a 45 minute drive from Calgary, seven Foothills artists and art organizations on the southern outskirts of Calgary come together to host “The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta”. The beautiful environment of the area has inspired many of the artists whose … Read More

Black Diamond and Turner Valley Celebrate Alberta Culture Days with a Full Menu of Events

Artists, local growers and producers, businesses and the towns of Black Diamond and Turner Valley are joining forces to offer residents and visitors an abundance of cultural events starting September 28. Alberta Culture Days will feature six prime events involving local artists, galleries, growers, quilters, brewers and musicians. Alberta Culture Days runs September 28 – 30 and is the province’s … Read More

Diamond Valley Parade and Turner Valley’s Discovery Days – June 2, 2018

Family-friendly fun! Millennium Park, Turner Valley Saturday, June 2 ~ 11am – 3pm ~ artisan market ~ bounce houses ~ face painters ~ ~ petting zoo ~ Zorb ball collision course ~ ~ climbing wall ~ food vendors ~ entertainment ~ The communities of Black Diamond and Turner Valley invite you to join them for the annual Diamond Valley Parade … Read More

A Cool Little Gift Guide of Locally Made Treasures

With literally only a few shopping days to go before Christmas, we are here to help with a few last-minute gift ideas. It is quite extraordinary; the variety of unique Made-In-The-Cool-Little-Towns gift options that can be found right here on Calgary’s Doorstep! Here are some fun ideas from the artistic to the unusual…. Who doesn’t love a little glitter and … Read More