Artist: Heather Keating.
By Don Biggs, St. Thomas Times-Journal
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 8:31:40 EST PM
If you are looking for a truly unique gift idea, look no further than the Twas the Art before Christmas Show.
The eighth annual judged art show and sale will take place Nov. 7-9 at the CASO Railway Station, 750 Talbot St., with 54 local and area artists participating. This is the sole event put on by the St. Thomas-Elgin Artists’ Guild (STEAG) and it is one of the best attended shows of its kind.
“All of the pieces are one-of-a-kind and are new to this year’s show,” said Kit Cutting, promotions director for the annual show.
“I can tell you that no one else in town will have these pieces, all of which are very reasonably priced. We have something to fit everyone’s budget.”
STEAG consists of 54 artists from St. Thomas and Elgin County who work in a wide variety of mediums from paintings, sculpture, textiles, wood, clay and glass.
“Each artist is allowed to enter 12 pieces in the show and there will be five that people will be able to purchase tickets for with a chance to win,” said Cutting. “This show really gets people in the mood for Christmas shopping. There are so many good artists in the area and it really is unique to see what they are doing.”
STEAG has been in existence for more than a decade and members meet on the third Monday of the month (March until December) at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, 301 Talbot St., St. Thomas.
“We do accept new members, which is rare for an art club. I know that there are some clubs around with five-year waiting lists which makes it very difficult for a new artist to join,” said Cutting. “Because we accept new members all of the time, all they have to do is come to the meetings and introduce themselves, our group has a lot of younger members, which is nice because they are so enthusiastic.”
Cutting has been with the group for three years, however, she has been painting and sculpting for a longer period of time, and as a seasoned artist enjoys the interactions with other members. “At the meetings we have keynote speakers and we share ideas with all of the other artists,” she said.
Admission is free to Twas the Art Before Christmas Show and there will also be a free tea room (tea, coffee, hot apple cider) and Christmas cookies to enjoy.
Want to know more?
What: Twas the Art Before Christmas Show
When: Friday, Nov. 7, 6-9pm
Saturday, Nov. 8, 10am-6pm
Sunday, Nov. 9, noon-6pm.
Where: CASO Station, 750 Talbot St., St. Thomas
Cost: Admission is free