Paint The Foothills 2022

Capturing the SW Alberta foothills and Rocky Mountain landscape at Paint The Foothills 2020. Photo: Amanda MacKay.

Paint The Foothills

September 9 – 11, 2022
Leighton Art Centre, Foothills AB

Paint The Foothills is Leighton Art Centre’s signature fall event, where artists and community come together in a celebration of art and nature. This year, Paint The Foothills features a two-day plein air Painting Competition for Leighton Art Centre members (membership cost: $50/year), several free Plein Air Workshops aimed at a range of skill levels including families, a Public Reception for Come Paint Alberta and Night Lights: The Wonder of the Northern Lights. New this year is a Harvest Dinner featuring a gourmet burger bar and a 300-mile vista of the Rocky Mountains at sunset.

Not a competitive painter? There’s still lots to enjoy! Come out to paint & picnic (or just picnic!) at your own pace, go for a walk along the nature trails and take in some truly spectacular views, and be inspired by dozens of talented artists creating on the land, under our big Alberta skies. Be sure to experience the two contemporary art exhibitions in the gallery and don’t miss the shop, featuring the original creations of dozens of Alberta artists and artisans.

1st Place Winner and co-winner of People’s Choice Award Gwen Day, Paint The Foothills 2021. Photo: Amanda MacKay.

We hope you’ll join us September 9 -11 to celebrate Alberta’s Month of the Artist, Alberta Culture Days and the autumn beauty of our SW Alberta foothills. We’re located a scenic 20-minute drive from SW Calgary.

Artist pre-registration for the painting competition is open through August 31. All registered artists have the opportunity to purchase a ticket to the Harvest Dinner at 50% off.

Artist Douglas Williamson honours the traditions of plein air painting at Paint The Foothills 2021. Photo: Amanda MacKay.

The privilege of Leighton Art Centre’s presence on 80 acres of foothills landscape within Treaty 7 territory is combined with respect, humility, and responsibility to be caretakers of the land. We acknowledge the people of these traditional lands which include the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani, as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. We welcome all people who make their home in the Treaty 7 territory of Southern Alberta and who act as respectful stewards to this land, where we learn, create, and build relationships in meaningful ways.

Leighton Art Centre
282027 144 St. West
Foothills AB
T1S 0Y4


Leighton Art Centre is partially accessible. We have one step up into the heritage home, and two single steps within the house. If you require the use of our portable ramps, please consider calling ahead (403-931-3633) so we can have them ready for you.