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Sarah Noble, Tourism Coordinator, Railway City Tourism
Experience Art in Action at the 5th Annual Railway City Arts Crawl
A snapshot from the 2016 Crawl at Railway City Brewing Company.

FEB 23 6-9pm & FEB 24 11am-5pm

City-wide arts celebration returns with more artists, more exhibits, and more opportunities to discover the vibrant art community of St. Thomas.

St. Thomas, ON: The Railway City Arts Crawl is back for its 5th 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 23rd and 24th.

Arts Crawl Coordinator Sarah Noble says the event continues to grow adding more artists, venues, and interactive displays.

"There are a number of curated displays this year featuring groups of artists", said Noble. "From the "Canada Through My Lens" photo exhibit telling the story of the local immigrant experience and "The Living Library" challenging stereotypes about marginalized groups through interaction with real people to "Great Beginnings" highlighting local students and "ART/TECH@STEAM" celebrating the intersection of Art and Technology as well as the many individual artists being featured throughout the crawl – there are so many opportunities to experience art in new ways".

"We are bringing back the culinary arts this year with a few select venues that are adding a food component featuring some amazing local businesses such as Wildflowers Farm, Seed Confections, Salt & Pepper Meals, Orchard Hill Farm, 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 STEAM Education Centre at 50 Wellington St. 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 and food from Salt & Pepper Meals.

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 23: Crawl runs from 6pm-9pm
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24: Crawl runs from 11am-5pm
STEAM Centre after-party 6pm

For more information, visit www.railwaycityartscrawl.com or contact:
Sarah Noble, Tourism Coordinator at 519.631.1680 x4132

tourism@stthomas.ca www.railwaycityartscrawl.com www.railwaycitytourism.com

Last Updated: Friday, 09 February 2018 14:27:34 PM EST

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