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.

From the Millarville area, through Turner Valley to Black Diamond and on to Okotoks, along HWY 22 (The Cowboy Trail) and HWY 2A, three galleries – The Leighton Art CentreBluerock Gallery and Lineham House Galleries  – and four artists’ studios – Kristoferson Studio, Mady Thiel-Kopstein, Eversfield Ceramics and Firebrand Glass Studio – periodically arrange to be open the public simultaneously.

December 1st, the group will be hosting special arts events at their locations in celebration of the holiday season. Driving between these arts venues makes for a most beautiful drive for art- and nature-lovers, with truly amazing views of the Southern Alberta Foothills and snow-capped peaks. This is not only a tour of some incredible countryside, but the beginning of holiday shopping made easy, with handmade gifts available for purchase at each stop. The easy road trip to these beloved art destinations is a great day-trip for Calgarians… and also a must-do for out-of-area visitors.

Throughout the day, there will be hot glass, paper-art, painting, ceramics, an exhibition opening reception, a pop-up market, art demos, gingerbread creations, yummy treats and loads of holiday spirit – all against the backdrop of the glorious vistas of the Foothills and the Rocky Mountains!

Firebrand Glass Studio, Black Diamond AB Photo credit: Amanda MacKay

Lineham House Galleries, Okotoks AB Photo credit: Amanda MacKay

Leighton Art Centre, Foothills AB Photo credit: Amanda MacKay

* Days and hours of operation differ between the various venues. A complete schedule is posted on the tour’s website:

About these organizations and who to contact for more information.

Leighton Art Centre, Foothills AB – An unrivalled location with pristine foothills and mountain views, this museum and gallery also has educational programs to foster creativity for generations to come.
Amanda MacKay –


Kristoferson Studios, Turner Valley AB – Another spectacular location views of the Kananaskis area, this is a private studio of Susan Kristoferson, an accomplished fibre artist who creates paintings from papers.
Susan Kristoferson –


Mady Thiel-Kopstein, Turner Valley AB – Mady’s paintings, frequently inspired by her time spent in nature, conjure up the atmosphere and depth of multiple layers of colour and light, stirring a certain familiarity and a strong connection with the natural world.
Mady Thiel-Kopstein –
Bluerock Gallery, Black Diamond AB – A gem of a destination gallery – with stunning art, discerningly curated, and impeccably presented. Fine art and fine craft, in almost every media, created by (mostly) Alberta artists. And complimentary gift-wrapping year round!
Karen Gimbel –


Firebrand Glass Studios, Black Diamond AB – Home to award winning artists Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock, whose work is in the collections of the Emperor and Empress of Japan and the Prime Minister of Canada.
Julia Reimer –


Lineham House Galleries, Okotoks AB – Housed in a beautiful 110 year old Registered Historic Alberta Resource home, Lineham House Galleries strives to bring together the creative best of the region, featuring group shows every quarter and offering fine artisanal items for heart and home.
Cheryl Taylor & Janifer Calvez 


Eversfield Ceramics, Foothills AB – David Barnes is an exceptional potter and sculptor whose work has been featured throughout England, France and Canada. He now calls the Foothills region home and shares his talent & expertise by teaching students of all ages and skill levels.
David Barnes –



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