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Come Paint Alberta

Laurie Aldridge, Louise Lacey-Rokosh, Theresa Williams

August 27, 2022 @ 10:00 am - October 23, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

Closed Mondays

Come Paint Alberta is an artist-led community project promoting plein air painting in Alberta. With the support of Leighton Art Centre, Come Paint Alberta was planned and led by established plein air artists Louise Lacey-Rokosh, Laurie Aldridge and Theresa Williams, who hosted paint outs in five iconic Alberta locations. They painted alongside the participants and collaborated on a series of large scale acrylic paintings, each completed on location. These five pieces anchor the exhibition.

Paint out participants were offered the opportunity to submit their work and some of the submissions will be juried into the exhibition. The pieces – created over three months from early April to early July – truly capture the essence of Plein Air in Alberta, including a rawness that comes from the artists’ exposure to insects, dust, wind, and wildly variable temperatures. 

Public Reception

Please join us on September 10, 2022, between 2 and 4 pm, to celebrate Come Paint Alberta, together with Night Lights: The Wonder of the Northern Lights. Artists will be in attendance.

About the Lead Artists

Theresa Williams

Louise Lacey-Rokosh

Laurie Aldridge

Selected Artists
  • Norma Barsness
  • Dayna Bordage
  • Irena Burns
  • MacKenzie Lyn Clarke
  • Sue Contini
  • Jane Lea Dahlgren
  • Craig Daniels
  • Cheryl Delahunt
  • Yanina Eberhard
  • Alice Helwig
  • Chris Iskiw
  • Doug Levitt
  • Jodi Lindsay
  • Karen McCallum
  • Gerry Mulhall
  • Wendy Powell
  • Stephen Purdy
  • Greg Pyra
  • Bonnie Scott
  • Cherie Serieska
  • Debra Ward
  • Sharon Lynn Williams
About Plein Air Painting

En plein air is a French expression that translates to “in the open air”. The practice of creating art outdoors goes back for centuries but was popularized by the French Impressionists in the 1800’s. Artists painting in the open air attempt to capture the true effects of light and colour of the landscape at any given moment before the surroundings change with time, distinguishing the process from painting a landscape subject from inside a studio, from memory, imagination or a photograph.

The act of outdoor painting from direct observation continues to be popular, including here in Alberta. This exhibition showcases the work of a number of accomplished Alberta artists, all of whom enjoy creating art en plein air.


August 27, 2022 @ 10:00 am
October 23, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
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