The 2015 Railway City Arts Crawl in St. Thomas was nothing short of an adventure. For two days, over 40 artists showcased their works in a dozen venues located throughout 'The Railway City.' The idea was to visit all 12 venues and get your Arts Crawl passport stamped in each location, so that you would qualify for special prizes. Well …
Article & Photos by Philip S. Schmidt
2014 marks the 45th anniversary of the St. Thomas-Elgin Art Centre … I believe much or all of STEPAC’s achievement as an “A” status gallery can be directly attributed to the values, energies, hard work and selfless stewardship of two people: Laura Woermke, Executive Director/Curator and Sherri Howard, Education and Event Coordinator. This dynamic duo continue to re-invent our culture and society by innovation: in the nurture of new ideas and by welcoming respect extended to all individuals within our community.
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The 5th Anniversary Culture Days weekend will take place from September 26th to 28th in every province simultaneously and is expected to see hundreds of communities of all sizes take part from coast to coast to coast – that includes a growing list of unique events here in Elgin County. The St. Thomas Public Library is excited to take part for the first time this year.
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Elizabeth Kusinski brings an observant eye and affinity for rich colours and textures to a myriad of subjects from landscapes to streetscapes, portraits and florals. Her flowers may be most immediately attention-grabbing – they are luscious renditions which are likely to bring to the viewer’s imagination perfumed scents and the hum of bees. They will lead you on to discover more of her work and, with their dewy freshness, they are also representative of the attitude which she brings to all of her far-ranging subjects. For the past twenty years she has sought to challenge herself to capture what she finds around her in ways that are new and refreshing.
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The fifty artists of the Port Stanley Artists' Guild Show & Sale displayed a fine selection of their work in a diverse array of themes, styles and media at the annual show & sale in Port Stanley, June 6th to 8th.
The Memories in Wool Rug Hooking Show provided members of the public a chance to learn about the art and craft of rug hooking and to see a diverse selection of work by local artists.
For Tracy Gordon, being a seamstress has been a joyous adventure. A recent project found her immersed in the vibrant colours and intricate stitching of a unique “crazy quilt”, a work of textile art started by a St. Thomas woman more than 117 years ago. However, she is just as at home sewing a costume for a customer’s imagined character from the future.
Chatting recently in her Dutton studio, Tracy described a path she has happily pursued for twenty-five years – one which has taken her from quilting and sewing to the creation of one period piece which in turn led her to become a historical re-enactor and then to specialize in the creation of period costumes for herself and others.
Read our feature about Tracy Gordon in Relish Elgin Spring 2014
The visual artist finds inspiration in many places, from nature, to a piece of music, a mentor, a new medium, the work of a fellow artist, travel, an art class, or contemplation of a philosophical idea or social issue. Much of the feeling of anticipation at the annual Port Stanley Art Guild (PSAG) show derives from the chance for attendees to discover where the artists have found inspiration over the past year for their new paintings, and how they have interpreted and shared it.
Read about the Port Stanley Art Guild in Relish Elgin Spring 2014
The John Kenneth Galbraith writing contest aims to encourage short story fiction writers and rewards the winner each year with an engraved medallion and a cheque for $2,000. An author from British Columbia was announced Saturday as the winner of the 2013 prize at an awards ceremony at the West Elgin Performing Arts Centre in West Lorne.