City-wide arts celebration sees increase in number of participating artists and host venues
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 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 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 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 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 of itself.
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 24: Crawl runs from 6pm-9pm
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25: Crawl runs from 11am-5pm | Art Centre after-party 7pm
Tourism Coordinator | St. Thomas EDC