City-wide arts celebration returns with more artists, more exhibits, and more opportunities
to discover the vibrant art community of St. Thomas.
February 6th, 2019 - St. Thomas, ON: The Railway City Arts Crawl is back for its
6th 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 crawlers
locate the venues and artists they'd like to explore over the two-day event on February
22nd and 23rd.
Arts Crawl coordinator Megan Pickersgill says the event continues to grow adding
over 80 artists, unique venues, and special activities.
"Something exciting we're seeing is the increase in special activities", said Pickersgill.
"Artisan food, cultural dance, music, steampunk, a bonfire, and acrobats! You never
know what's going to pop up when and where so it's going to be a pleasant surprise
for Crawlers to experience all these different forms of creativity."
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.
The After Dark – a post-Crawl celebration, and an event that can be enjoyed on its
own – is being held Saturday night at the CASO Station. Here, experience a special
art event featuring Kelly Wilson or some virtual reality while munching from Salt
and Pepper's Taco Bar, before sitting down to the tunes of Deni Gauthier, The Shangles
and Chris Casserly.
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, says
about the Crawl that "creativity is in the air and we can feel it. In the past few
years, we've seen an increase in artists, musicians, creatives and culinary arts
sprout up throughout the city and county. The annual Arts Crawl is a great opportunity
to explore their talents, be informed, share with friends and become an ambassador
for our Railway City Arts Community."
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22: Crawl runs from 6pm-9pm
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23: Crawl runs from 11am-5pm | After Dark party 6pm-10pm at CASO
For more information, visit
www.railwaycityartscrawl.com or www.railwaycitytourism.com