FEB 23 6-9pm & FEB 24 11am-5pm
City-wide arts celebration returns with more artists, more exhibits, and more opportunities
to discover the vibrant art community of St. Thomas.
St. Thomas, ON: The Railway City Arts Crawl is back for its 5th 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 process.
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
23rd and 24th.
Arts Crawl Coordinator Sarah Noble says the event continues to grow adding more
artists, venues, and interactive displays.
"There are a number of curated displays this year featuring groups of artists",
said Noble. "From the "Canada Through My Lens" photo exhibit telling the story of
the local immigrant experience and "The Living Library" challenging stereotypes
about marginalized groups through interaction with real people to "Great Beginnings"
highlighting local students and "ART/TECH@STEAM" celebrating the intersection of
Art and Technology as well as the many individual artists being featured throughout
the crawl – there are so many opportunities to experience art in new ways".
"We are bringing back the culinary arts this year with a few select venues that
are adding a food component featuring some amazing local businesses such as Wildflowers
Farm, Seed Confections, Salt & Pepper Meals, Orchard Hill Farm, and Elgin Harvest."
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 STEAM Education
Centre at 50 Wellington St. 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
and food from Salt & Pepper Meals.
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
(www.railwaycityartscrawl.com). 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 23: Crawl runs from 6pm-9pm
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24: Crawl runs from 11am-5pm
STEAM Centre after-party 6pm
For more information, visit
www.railwaycityartscrawl.com or contact:
Sarah Noble, Tourism Coordinator at 519.631.1680 x4132