Made For This Place: The Leighton Legacy
The Leighton Art Centre is where art and nature come together in Alberta’s foothills.
Perched on a grassy ridge between Calgary and Millarville, enjoying a sweeping view of Alberta’s Foothills and the Rocky Mountains, sits a jewel. This particular treasure is not of the mineral variety, and it’s not something to be traded, sold or otherwise proﬁted from. Rather, it is a place. An extraordinary place born out of a legacy.
The Leighton Art Centre is both a Heritage Home Museum, Art Gallery, and Education Centre occupying the picturesque house and land formerly owned by two prominent Alberta artists: A.C. Leighton and Barbara Leighton.
After a lifetime of contributing to Alberta’s art community, Barbara, who outlived her famous husband, decided to turn their beautiful home into a space to promote the enjoyment of art. At the same time, in 1970, she founded an art education centre in a nearby abandoned schoolhouse. After sixteen years of success, upon her death in 1986, Barbara left the entire property to the charitable foundation that continues to oversee the Leightons’ remarkable legacy.Start reading the story