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For the first time in over two years, city art galleries are inviting people to downtown Chatham to hop between storefronts, peruse art and chat with local artists.
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The Thames Art Gallery and ARTspace have organized a Spring Mini-Art Crawl for March 25th from 6pm to 9pm. Along with the two galleries Art and Heirloom Shoppe, William Street Café and The Co., visitors are welcomed in the evening.
The last Mini Art Crawl took place in January 2020.
“We’ve had art crawls in the past where everyone gets together in one place and then we travel from venue to venue and have a band and different things going,” said Phil Vanderwall, curator of Thames Art Gallery.
“With COVID, we’re a little unsure about that, so we’re doing a mini-crawl with all the different venues open at the same time.”
Vanderwall said everyone will be issued a passport, which must be stamped at all five locations. Passes can be collected from all venues on the evening of the event. There will be a $100 prize draw at the Thames Art Gallery at 8:30pm, open to those who collect all five stamps.
Local artist Michaela Lucio will be at ARTspace to talk about her exhibition A Small Good Thing. The King Street West Gallery also has a community initiative called We Are Family in its window display that features family photos submitted by the public.
Down the road is the Art and Heirloom Shoppe, which features works by 51 local artists. The site is currently hosting an exhibition by fiber artist Jodie Edwards Wright and an International Women’s Day exhibition entitled Women in Power.
The Co., 208 Queen St., will feature resident artist Iain Rice, a photographer based in Chatham-Kent. He specializes in fine art photography and digital art.
Photographer Michael M. Garland will be speaking at the William Street Café about his exhibition entitled Portraits of Trees in Chatham-Kent. The café will also serve spring-themed food and drinks.
The Thames Art Gallery is hosting ‘Talks and Tours’ in conjunction with the current exhibition featuring international artists called ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’. All artists show their parents in their work.
Vanderwall said they plan to hold another summer arts tour this year.