AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Residencies, press and television coverage, and awards.
Hamilton Arts Council / The Cotton Factory
Anita Thomas was awarded a three-month artist residency at The Cotton Factory in downtown Hamilton from March to May 2019. Thanks go out to the Cotton Factory and Hamilton Arts Council for this amazing opportunity. Thomas’ plan was to continue with her east coast acrylic painting series and also to experiment with a new upcycling technique she’d apply to her encaustic paintings in this series. At the end of the residency, Thomas held an artist talk and exhibition along with the other artist, Karen Logan, with whom she was sharing the studio space. Anita also displayed some of her photography from that incredible motorcycle trip she made in 2016, the source of her inspiration for this project.
IN THE PRESS
CHCH TV Morning Live
Encaustic painting “Trapped” was a featured artwork for Beyond the Valley Studio Tour interview on CHCH TV Morning Live.
Coverage of the Woman’s Art Association of Hamilton’s 125th anniversary included one of Anita Thomas’ paintings, Mardi Gras in Paris, as a featured image of this “Celebrations” themed exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
Steeltown Streets – Jeff Hayward
An interview with Anita Thomas where she talks about her art, photography and background.
Creative Women – Eileen Reilly Exhibition
An interview with Anita Thomas where she talks about her art, photography and background for a special project and exhibition by Eileen Reilly.
CHCH TV Morning Live
Coverage of the Dundas Valley School of Art annual auction featured one of Anita Thomas’ industrial encaustic paintings.
Cable 14 The Artist’s Toolbox
Pilot shot featuring the aerial photography of Anita Thomas includes an interview and following Anita along on a flight in the Cessna 172 as she captures her shots.
Three full pages in the Saturday paper (full front page cover, full Go lifestyle cover, full page-three of Go section).
Winter 2015 Issue.
10 Photographers to Follow
Government of Canada, Transport Canada
June 1, 2015
Third Place Winner in the Second Annual National Aviation Day Photo Contest
Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, Hamilton, ON
Jun 13, 2015 – Oct 24, 2015
Finalist in this juried exhibition and photo contest
March 1, 2015
Second Place in Bokeh Photo Challenge contest for a snow macro piece.
Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine
November 26, 2014
One of ten finalists in the “People and Planes” category of the magazine’s worldwide photo contest.
Toronto Star Photography Awards 2014
June 20, 2014
Won Staff Favorite (December).