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Paint The Foothills 2023

September 8, 2023 @ 10:00 am - September 10, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

Welcome to Paint The Foothills, Leighton Art Centre’s signature fall event where artists and community come together in a celebration of art and nature. We can’t wait to see you there!

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 (pre-registration required), plus a Public Reception for Hey You! Land! and walking is traditional.

Not a competitive painter? There’s still lots for you to enjoy! Come out to paint & picnic (or just picnic!) at your own pace, go for a walk along our 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.

* New for 2023: Paint the Foothills is now part of a southern Alberta plein air paint out circuit called Come Paint Alberta. The circuit is a collaborative effort between Leighton Art Centre, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Rosebud Art Collective, Route 22 Artist Collective Gallery, and Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage.

Register for the Plein Air Competition

Info Sheet for Competition Artists

Schedule of Events

September 8

  • Free Paint & Picnic (BYO food & art supplies) 10 am – 8 pm
  • Day 1: Plein Air Painting Competition
    Sign up as an LAC member to be eligible to register, then register online.

September 9

September 10

We hope you’ll join us to celebrate Alberta’s Month of the Artist, Alberta Culture Days and the autumn beauty of our SW Alberta foothills.

Register for the Plein Air Competition

Additional Free Workshop Dates

September 2

September 23

September 30

Thank you to our event supporters!


September 8, 2023 @ 10:00 am
September 10, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
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Leighton Art Centre
282027 144 Street West
Foothills, Alberta T1S 0Y4 Canada
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