The downtown Chatham arts crawl returns on March 25

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For the first time in more than two years, the City Art Galleries are inviting people in downtown Chatham to pop from window to window to view art and chat with local artists.

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The Thames Art Gallery and ARTspace hosted a Spring Mini-Art Crawl on March 25 from 6-9pm. Alongside the two galleries, the Art and Heirloom Shoppe, the William Street Café and The Co. will welcome visitors during the evening.

The last mini art crawl took place in January 2020.

“We’ve had art tours in the past where everyone would gather in one place and then we would travel from place to place and we have a band and different things,” said Phil Vanderwall, curator of the Thames Art Gallery.

“With COVID, we’re a bit uncertain about that, so we’re doing a mini-crawl where all the different sites are open at the same time.”

Vanderwall said everyone will be given a passport to be stamped at all five locations. Passports can be picked up at any location on the evening of the event. There will be a draw for $100 at 8:30 p.m. at the Thames Art Gallery open to those who have 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 the window, which features family photos submitted by the public.

At the end of the street is the Art and Heirloom Shoppe, which houses the works of 51 local artists. The site currently features an exhibit by textile artist Jodie Edwards Wright and an International Women’s Day exhibit titled Women in Power.

The Co., at 208 Queen Street, will feature resident artist Iain Rice, a Chatham-Kent photographer. He specializes in fine art photography and digital art.

Photographer Michael M. Garland will speak at the William Street Café about his exhibition entitled Portraits of Trees in Chatham-Kent. The cafe will also serve “spring-themed” food and drinks.

The Thames Art Gallery will host ‘conversations and tours’ linked to the ongoing exhibition featuring international artists titled I’ll Be Your Mirror. All artists feature their parents in their work.

Vanderwall said they plan to hold another summer art exploration this year.

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