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An Earth Day Experience: Blending Science & Art

with the Diamond Valley Sustainable Living Centre

April 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Description: Leighton Art Centre and the Diamond Valley Sustainable Living Centre invite you to join us in celebrating Earth Day 2024. This collaborative effort epitomizes the mutual values championed by our organizations, as we strive to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for our planet. Join us on April 20th, 2024 to delve into the combination of art, science, and nature through our interactive workshops.

This will be a fun morning of exploring the land and creating art from it. Find a deeper connection to the land we reside on with biologist Larry who will lead a guided walk/ scavenger hunt about the flora and fauna. Working with items found on the scavenger hunt. Professional artist Crystal Salamon will demonstrate/ guide how to make some sustainable, homemade substances such as inks from berry and vegetable juices, and coffee. Inks made during the lesson will be used to make a piece of art to take home whether it be a painting, drawing or a composed essay or poem inspired by the hunt.

We ask that all participants wear a medical-grade mask for this event. The instructor, Susan will be undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the time of this event and will be immunocompromised. Thank you for your understanding. LAC will have masks available onsite.

*Please note that the fee for this workshop includes admittance to our historic museum, walking paths and art gallery on the property, which can be enjoyed at your own discretion after the workshop is completed. Leighton Centre is a proud non-profit organization that relies on donations to help meet demanding operational costs. We appreciate your contribution by attending our workshops and other events that allow us to continue thriving!

Audience: Family event

Supplies to bring:

– Apron or clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
– thin plastic gloves
– 2-3 small lidded containers to take a little bit of ink home in

Registration cost:

$ 20.00 (individual ticket) – (does not include GST & Eventbrite fees)

$ 65.00 (up to a family of four) – (does not include GST & Eventbrite fees)

Did you know that Members of the Leighton Art Centre get 10% off the registration cost of all workshops and kids’ summer camps? Please visit https://leightoncentre.org/join-us/become-a-member/.

Artist/ Instructor Biography:

Turner Valley’s Crystal Salamon loves to excite and inspire creativity! In 2015 she dove into the world of self-publishing on a quest to make art more accessible. She poured her heart and soul into her first book, Awakening: Artful Colouring, which has taken the world by storm. Over 6,000 copies of Awakening sold worldwide and her 2nd book, Ignite, is close behind. Her whirlwind journey has been covered by dozens of news outlets across Canada including CTV News, Canadian Press and Huffington Post and her passion for the art of colouring is wonderfully contagious.

website: https://artwithcrystal.com/ instagram: crystalsalamon

Dr. Larry Kapustka has been engaged in sustainability since the mid-1990s when he served on the Northwest Chapter of the Council on Sustainability in the US. He has published peer-reviewed papers on sustainability and the delivery of ecosystem services. In 2020, he helped found the Diamond Valley Sustainable Living Centre, a non-profit organization for which he continues to serve as chair. He was a professor of ecology at Miami University, Oxford, OH, a research scientist with the US Environmental Protection Agency in Corvallis, Oregon, and a consultant on environmental assessment and management. He lives on an acreage in Foothills County near Diamond Valley.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Please note there is a NO REFUND policy on all Leighton Art Centre workshops. A refund will only be issued to participants if the workshop is cancelled by the workshop coordinator due to insufficient enrollment, extreme weather conditions, or COVID-19 restrictions. Workshops may be cancelled prior to the start date and participants will be notified via email and/or phone, and a full refund will be processed.

Withdrawal from workshops for medical reasons must be accompanied by a doctor’s medical note or a positive COVID-19 rapid test and must be received by the Leighton workshop coordinator prior to the workshop start date to be qualified for a full refund.


April 20
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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