Work of local artists showcased over two days in city-wide celebration
St. Thomas, ON: In late February, the streets of St. Thomas will once again be peppered with art lovers and curious onlookers.
Back for a second year, the Railway City Arts Crawl is a winter celebration of local arts and culture spanning a variety of public and commercial venues throughout St. Thomas on February 27 and 28.
A free event, the Arts Crawl invites people to move leisurely from site to site using a passport as a guide and to interact with talented local artists engaging in the creative process.
“This year we have more artists—40 confirmed—so we have already doubled our participants compared to last year”, said coordinator Megan Pickersgill. “Our artists are doing some really neat things. There’s a working blacksmith, a guitar maker, and an intricate installation entitled ‘Forest’ at the Elgin County Railway Museum, just to name a few”.
For artist Katelyn Tippin, who works in media such as water colour, acrylic, oil and lino print making, the event is a unique chance to meet the public.
“What’s exciting about the Arts Crawl is getting to interact with everyone in the public, showing them behind the scenes how my art is made and answering their questions. It’s a great chance to show people the type of work I make”.
Laura Woermke, Executive Director of the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, agrees that the event helps practicing artists to bridge a gap with their audience.
“Artists tend to work in solitude and don’t always have a marketing plan for their work, so an event like this gives them an opportunity to be visible and part of a larger group”, said Woermke.
An after party is planned for the Saturday night following the event and for the first time, there will be fireworks in Downtown St. Thomas in February. The fireworks show will begin at 6:30pm near the intersection of Talbot and Ross Streets and will be followed with live music and local appetizers from Yoda’s Private Catering at the Midtown Tavern at 701 Talbot Street.
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.
Woermke, who will be stationed at the Railway City Brewing Co. and showcasing her own work, is ready to create.
“I’ve got all my stretchers ready”.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27: Crawl runs from 6pm – 9pm
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28: Crawl runs from 11am – 5pm | Fireworks at 6:30pm | Midtown after-party at 7pm