Having the opportunity to create a mural in St. Thomas has been a dream of mine for years. I expect it started when I would come into town as a child and see the other murals in town. I’m thrilled that this project gives me the opportunity to showcase my artistic work as well as the talented local dancers that I have recently collaborated with. To give back to this community and to be supported at the same time is an incredible feeling.

Boxcar Mural Artist, Grayden Laing
Boxcar Mural Artist, Grayden Laing

I contacted the other Boxcar artists this evening so I could share their first thoughts with you as well.

Boxcar Mural Artist, MEDIAH
Boxcar Mural Artist, MEDIAH

“I’ve actually been going to the St. Thomas area for a while now because of the trains and when I heard about the Boxcar Mural Project I said ‘Let’s try it’. And I just really wanted to do it. I’m ready to go all out on it, give it the best I have, and I’m really excited about the opportunity.

My wife’s family, on her father’s side is from St. Thomas, and what most people don’t know about the people in St. Thomas is that they are not what you’d expect. St. Thomas is ahead of the curve a little bit and the whole town is on the up. It is about to have a revival and I’m excited to be a part of it.” -MEDIAH

Boxcar Mural Artist, Jaclyn White
Boxcar Mural Artist, Jaclyn White

“I keep saying St. Thomas is becoming the new Brooklyn, trendy and bustling with art and culture. The Boxcar Mural project is going to, quite literally, paint the streets with the stories that reflect this inspired town” -Jaclyn White

Boxcar Mural Artist, Laura Woermke
Boxcar Mural Artist, Laura Woermke

“If you want to find more creativity, satisfaction, and happiness, the single best solution I know is adding more art to your life.

I am pleased and honoured to be selected as one of the Boxcar muralists. This will be one of the largest projects I will complete. My artistic vision is to create a bright colourful mural that will create a sense of wonder, vibrancy and hope, which mirrors the revitalization and renewal of St. Thomas over the last few years. I am happy to see that our community is embracing the arts and supporting it in such a visual way.” -Laura Woermke

For more information on the artists and their projects head over to Railway City Tourism’s “Boxcar Murals // Meet the Artists” blog post.