In The Open Air

In the Open Air honours the practice of creating art outdoors, in the moment.

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. On September 12th, all visitors are invited into the gallery (not all at once of course and please bring your own face covering!), to view In The Open Air.

On September 12th & 13th, we're hosting Paint The Foothills, featuring a number of special events, in honour of the exhibition's launch and Alberta Culture Days. Click through for all the details!

Congratulations to the artists whose works were selected for this exhibition and welcome to the artists who are new to Leighton Art Centre!

Featured Artists:

  • Norma Barsness
  • Emily Beaudoin
  • Dayna Bordage
  • Verne Busby
  • Sue Contini
  • Gwen Day
  • Leah Cathleen Donald
  • Lynda Flanagan
  • Jean Geddes
  • George Gordon
  • Alice Helwig
  • Kate Howard
  • Chris Iskiw
  • Rick Jeune
  • Wendy Kershaw
  • Pat Koehler
  • Louise Lacey-Rokosh
  • Marilyn Lambert-Gerwing
  • Lissi Legge
  • Doug Levitt
  • James Lutzko
  • Sally MacGregor
  • Bev Mazurick
  • Maris Mosenko
  • Gerry Mulhall
  • Randy Neufeld
  • Cheryl Peddie
  • Lorri Pullman-MacDonald
  • Jackie Ramsay
  • Dean Reeves
  • Karin Richter
  • Bonnie Scott
  • Virgini Senden
  • Svetlana Sobchakova
  • Erin Stinson
  • Ray Swirsky
  • Debra Ward
  • Sharon Lynn Williams
  • Theresa Williams