Gail Todd, from the unique, up-cycled boutique Something Else, along with a group of dedicated art enthusiasts, brought vision and determination to bring Art Crawl to Port Colborne’s downtown core.
Every shop window and storefront showcased oils, prints, watercolors, woodcuts of local artists work, which seemed to burst at the seams, spilling out onto the streets and into the people’s inspiration, late into the evening. Dance performances ignited on the promenade, as musicians set up in multiple venues. Visual and auditory sensory delights at every passing lamppost and street sign.
Audience participation was encouraged at free events, like drum circles,giving visitors an often rare experience to create art and music. The entire brick facade of the Bargain Shop gave those wielding sidewalk chalk the opportunity to experience guerrilla community graffiti. An open-to-public paint by numbers canal scene was leaned up against historic West St. and auctioned afterward at Something Else. Community, art, music, from a little town on the water, brought a feeling of something familiar, yet, so very far away. It was almost like for a moment, Port Colborne had arrived.