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Leighton announces annual juried members show

The Leighton Art Centre's 19th Annual Juried Members Show will open virtually April 24

The Leighton Art Centre will once again be honouring works of its accomplished artists.

The centre’s 19th Annual Juried Members Show opens for viewing, on April 24 virtually, and runs until June 6.

“Personally, it’s my favourite show because we feature the most amount of our artist members’ artwork,” said Lindsay Corbet, the centre's manager of exhibits.“It’s the best of what our artist members have to show.”

The annual show is a curated exhibition for which the centre’s artist members can submit up to three recent pieces.

It’s not just paintings and imagery in the show as various fibre work and jewelry will be on display.

“It's a huge variety of different mediums of artwork from fibre to jewelry to oil paintings, watercolours, acrylics," Corbet said.

This year’s show includes 102 works by 69 artists, chosen from over 300 submissions.

One of those whose work was selected is Okotoks artist Virgini Senden, who was honoured to be chosen.

“It's always an honour if you're chosen to be in there,” Senden said. “They do try to accommodate as many people as possible in the space."

“The shows are usually outstanding, there's so much beautiful artwork.

“Being part of that. It just gives you a boost as an artist.”

Drawing inspiration from the scenery of the region, Senden’s work portrays the natural beauty of the foothills from field to peak, such as A Spring Bath in Yellow, one of the paintings featured.

The work depicts a hillside adorned by yellow wildflowers with forest and mountains off in the background.

“A lot of my work is the foothills and mountains and everything we see around us,” Senden said.

“I love going out into the mountains, like many people here. In the springtime, it’s like there’s seas of flowers.

“It’s just gorgeous to be able to walk there and enjoy it. They definitely play a part in getting good quality art in the Foothills."

The Leighton Art Centre, which is between Okotoks and Millarville, looking out over the western portion of Foothills County, has remained closed during much of the pandemic due to AHS restrictions.

It will not be open for in-person visits at the time of opening for the juried show.

Corbet said she hopes that as spring progresses, measures in place will begin to tip the scales against COVID cases once again and the centre will be able to open in person, however that is yet to be determined.

“My hope is that we'll be opening to the public potentially sometime in May and people can see it in person,” Corbet said.

The exhibition’s online catalogues can be viewed virtually at the Leighton website when it opens at 10 a.m. April 24. All works will be available for sale. 

Visit http://LeightonCentre.org for more information.

Brent Calver

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