The Leightons' Artistic Legacy

Creator(s): Leighton Art Centre

"This being a truthful account of a Journey made into a pleasant but ruff country by Barbaric and Barbaric Ace" was how Barbara Leighton's honeymoon journal began. And so on June 4, 1931, she and her new husband, A.C., started into the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains on the first of many travels during their thirty five year marriage. Barbara and A.C. Leighton, both born in Britain, embraced their lives fully as Canadian citizens, making Alberta their home and leaving remarkable impressions on the people they encountered.

They were very different people. Nevertheless, as Barbara said-it worked for them, and very well. They travelled the world together in the pursuit of artistic inspiration. From England to Scotland and Ireland, the west coast of British Columbia, Oregon and California, and ultimately to the Rocky Mountains, the Leightons found inspiration and places to call home. Together they devoted themselves to art and, in so doing, their legacy has become art history in Alberta.

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