A big thank-you to Railway City Tourism, the hosts, sponsors and especially to the artists who took part in the 2016 Railway City Arts Crawl sharing their work and creative spirits. The third annual event was bigger and better than ever! Along the "Crawl" on Friday and Saturday, we discovered artists who showcased an amazing range of unique work, but who also offer inspiration in countless other ways ...
All of them …
- Show us colours, details, ways of seeing and feeling and worlds of imagination we might otherwise miss.
- Grow and evolve as artists with each passing year. The Crawl is a wonderful opportunity to see what they have been up to.
- Take risks as creators, and put it all out there for us to enjoy.
- Work hard to bring their work to the event, lugging it to the venue, setting it up and sharing their stories with us for an evening and a day.
- Showcase the amazing possibilities available for buying a piece of original local art – a sure source of joy in your everyday living.
- Show us how a cultural community event can enrich our lives on a February weekend in St. Thomas.
The video below contains a few scenes and just some of the sixty-some artists who participated. You can find information on all of them at www.railwaycityartscrawl.com.
Amongst the artists were ones who …
- Have come to our community after having tried others and express enthusiastically that, arriving here, they have found a place that just feels “right”.
- Grew up in Elgin County, left and returned with refreshing ideas and interesting ways of interpreting them as artists and entrepreneurs.
- Participated in “The Crawl” since year one, have returned each year and are excited to see it grow, bringing back repeat visitors and new ones.
- Teach, mentor and support a vibrant art community.
- Create an encouraging environment for young artists.
Some of the Arts Crawl artists of the future who appear in the video are pictured below.
"New Beginnings Elementary" opened at St. Thomas Public Art Centre on the Saturday of the Arts Crawl weekend. The exhibit showcases work created by students in St. Thomas & Elgin County. Above left, Audrey (Pierre Elliott Trudeau Public School) shows mom Ellen her sculpture. Above right, Abby (St. Anne's Catholic Elementary) and dad David check out Abby's work. Left, Daria and son Lucas stop for a photo op at the Elgin County Railway Museum