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!
One of the latest murals in the Track to the Future mural project is brought to us by regional designer & artist Kayla Whitney. This latest mural is located at Simply Pure Water, and showcases the nurturing and special relationship between a mother elephant and her calf. We've really enjoyed seeing all these murals go up around the city as each artist uses their own style to tell a story. If you're looking for an activity to get you out and about, take a stroll down the Whistlestop Trail and visit this masterpiece!
We're back with a 'Track to the Future' mural update! Another incredible mural has now been completed by the talented Laura Woermke, a local artist and Executive Director of the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre. Find Laura's masterpiece at the Joe Thornton Community Centre, looking sharp on a red brick backdrop and reminiscent of her popular style of landscape painting!
We're back with another 'Track to the Future' mural update! A third mural has now been completed by the talented Ann-Marie Cheung, a local artist. Where can you go check out this new masterpiece? Downtown St. Thomas at the Railway City Tourism office! The murals are a beautiful addition to our community, not only because they add colour and photo ops, but they also provide artists with a public platform to showcase our city's story with beautiful themes and meaningful symbolism.
Did you know elephants will come together to mourn their dead? I see all these newly painted elephants around St. Thomas coming together to lament and honour Jumbo in a joyous way. - Ann-Marie Cheung
It is not down in any map; true places never are.