Public art has the power to enrich communities, create captivating spaces, challenge our ideas, provoke discussion or simply add beauty to our day. The “Track to the Future” Mural Project provides an opportunity for artists to create works of art within the downtown of the City of St. Thomas. We are seeking submissions from a variety of artists, with diverse experiences, backgrounds, styles and techniques that reflect our values of creativity, inclusiveness and beauty.
Amid the charming rustic downtown atmosphere, central St. Thomas is painted with culture - literally!
Contrasting the array of historic buildings and classic architecture, the “Track to the Future” mural project showcases the culture and vibrancy in our community all while promoting area talent.
It’s unbelievably difficult to pick favourites here as they’re all fantastic and each one of them add to the Railway City experience so we’ll leave that part up to you but without further ado, here’s a list of locations you don’t want to miss!
In need of a good read? At our Little Free Libraries, that you’re guaranteed!
Apologies for the Seussian start but we guarantee you will not be disappointed, no matter your favourite genre!
Located all over our beautiful city, we have a map featuring all the little library locations that you can see here, and we’d definitely recommend checking them all out! But in the age of COVID, many of us have spent more time at home than we would’ve probably have liked to, so we’re here to show you some of our favourite spots to settle down with a book (or a few!)
If you've been to Caps Off Brewing or From the Vines lately, you may have noticed something a little different between the two spaces... A new mural by Wendell Graves titled "Amusements" was recently installed, and it couldn't be a better fit for the location! Through this process, we learned that Wendell's father worked out of this very building when it was still Moore Tire Ltd. Read on to learn more about the mural and how it connects to our unique heritage!
All Are My Relatives - a Mural by Nancy Deleary, an accomplished artist & Cultural Coordinator at Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
Completed at the St. Thomas Public Library, the mural 'All Are My Relatives' by indigenous artist Nancy Deleary highlights the importance of storytelling, and will captivate the next generation of children who gather to read books and listen to speakers in the outdoor reading garden.
This mural connects with the specific setting at the Library, as well as the surrounding neighbourhood. The upper portion of the artwork, visible from the street, features a fire, row of corn, and an extraordinary night sky, a spectacular setting for the central characters including a storyteller and those gathered to listen by the fire.
Autumn is in the air, and with it the Hexes & Jinxes Mystical Market!
Hosted by Purely Wicked, this eclectic market came onto the scene in 2020 during a time when putting on events was incredibly difficult. Despite the circumstances, the market was a huge success, featuring an incredible array of artisan vendors with top of the line products, from artwork to candles to home décor.
This spooky market will be returning this year with even more vendors selling their very best wares. For those looking to extend their fun in St. Thomas, we've put together some itinerary ideas for you based on your horoscope below!
Earlier this summer, we showed some love to our farmers’ markets. This week we wanted to take the time to introduce to you local farm stands and shops!
St. Thomas is surrounded by countless fields, providing local farmers with plenty of space to grow produce, curate cheese, meats and so much more. These farmers and families dedicate endless hours to providing us with local, organic and delicious food for our community. In order to share it all with the community, many of them have access points right where they grow their food!
Why is it important to support these farm stands and stores? By buying local, the money you spend goes back directly to your community! You also support these local businesses and allow them to continue to do what they love. Let’s take a look into the lovely businesses here in St. Thomas and surrounding areas!
We're back with another mural! Talented, local artist Chris Cherry just completed an origami-inspired elephant mural. Can you guess where? It's at Waterworks Park right by the splash pad! This mural has small components reminiscent of Chris' style, including his circle rings, x's and other hidden elements (look for the mouse!), all while incorporating the warm and playful colours of yellow, orange and red. As summer is coming to an end, add this to your 2021 summer bucket list because you don't want to miss it!
It is not down in any map; true places never are.