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. 





CHCH TV Morning Live

Encaustic painting “Trapped” was a featured artwork for Beyond the Valley Studio Tour interview on CHCH TV Morning Live.




The Silhouette

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.

The Hamilton Spectator

Three full pages in the Saturday paper (full front page cover, full Go lifestyle cover, full page-three of Go section).



Hamilton Magazine

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

SHSS Magazine
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





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