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The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta

Holidays Road Trip December 6th, 2014

Black Diamond, AB – Showcasing the natural and artistic beauty of southern Alberta, five foothills arts organizations on the southern outskirts of Calgary come together on Saturday, December 6th, to host the holiday edition of “The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta”. It is this beautiful foothills environment that has inspired many of the artists whose works feature in the exhibitions.

Firebrand Glass Studio and Bluerock Gallery, of Black Diamond, Diamond Willow Artisan Retreat of Turner Valley, Leighton Centre of Millarville, and The Lost American Gallery & Museum of Longview, will be hosting special arts events at their locations, as well as collaborating to make it easy for art-lovers to travel the route between them to catch the views and a full day of art events! This is not only a tour of some incredible countryside, but holiday shopping made easy, with gifts of locally handmade art available for purchase (and sometimes also gift-wrapped) at each stop. This easy road trip to these beloved art destinations is a great day-trip for Calgarians.

Throughout the day and at the different stops along the way there will be hot glass demos, painting and other art demos, local authors signing their books, and refreshments – all against the backdrop of the glorious vistas of the Foothills and the Rocky Mountains! You can even visit Santa who will be making an appearance in Black Diamond during the town’s “Light up the Lights” festivities that begin at 5pm and go on until 9pm.

More about these organizations:

Firebrand GlassFirebrand 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. www.firebrandglass.ca

Bluerock Gallery in winterBluerock 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! www.bluerockgallery.ca

Diamond Willow Artisan RetreatDiamond Willow Artisan Retreat, Turner Valley, AB – A luxury retreat in a spectacular setting that individual and group getaways, as well as offers art and yoga classes, house concerts, and delicious meals. www.diamondwillowartisanretreat.com

Leighton Art GalleryLeighton Centre, Millarville, AB – An unrivalled location with pristine foothills and mountain views, this gallery also has educational programs to foster creativity for generations to come. www.leightoncentre.org

Lost American galleryThe Lost American Art Gallery & Museum, Longview, AB – unique in it’s collection of Edward Curtis photos, SW Pottery, Navaho Rugs and Turquoise Jewelry. Local artists also presented in the Gallery. www.thelostamericanartgallery.com

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