City-wide arts celebration sees increase in number of participating artists and
St. Thomas, ON: The Railway City Arts Crawl is back for its 4th straight year.
The popular winter celebration of local arts and culture invites people to explore
venues throughout St. Thomas and meet talented local artists engaging in the creative
A free Arts Crawl passport is available at participating venues and helps arts crawlers
locate the venues and artists they'd like to explore over the two-day event on February
24th and 25th.
Arts Crawl Coordinator Megan Pickersgill says there are more artists participating
and more interactive projects this year.
"There's an ice sculpture in the making at the Elgin County Railway Museum", said
Pickersgill. "Watch a train emerge out of ice while you are surrounded by the big
trains of the past".
"Something neat that we’re introducing this year is the addition of culinary arts.
We have a few select venues that are adding a food component featuring some amazing
local businesses such as Wildflowers Farm, Seed Confections, Bake Shop Studio and
For artist and studio owner Katherine Medlyn, who operates Medlyn Studio (an Arts
Crawl venue) and works in stained glass, she "loves seeing our downtown come alive
with all the people walking place to place with their passports in hand", something
not often seen during the cold winter months.
An after party is being held Saturday night following the event at the St. Thomas
Elgin Public Art Centre at 301 Talbot. Here Crawlers and Artists can come together
to enjoy live music, beer and wine from our local Railway City Brewing and Quai
du Vin Winery, as well as an interactive photo booth that is an art piece in and
The passport, containing information on both the venues and the artists, is available
at participating venues and downloadable on the Railway City Arts Crawl website
Each venue will stamp the passport and if the participant reaches 10 venues, they
are eligible for a prize draw.
Laura Woermke, Executive Director of the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, believes
that the Arts Crawl "is a great opportunity to continue to do what we do every day
in our community", which is encourage and support the practice of visual arts in
St. Thomas and Elgin. Something the Arts Crawl is all about.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24: Crawl runs from 6pm-9pm
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25: Crawl runs from 11am-5pm | Art Centre after-party 7pm
For more information, visit www.railwaycityartscrawl.com
or contact: Megan Pickersgill, Tourism Coordinator at 519.631.1680 x4132