Chalk Festival – Ten Year Anniversary

November 10 – November 13, 2017 (8AM-6PM)
900 Airport Avenue East, Venice
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Chalk Festival 2017
Chalk Festival 2017
Since 2010 the Chalk Festival has displayed the largest gathering of 3D illusions in one location than any other place or any other time in the history of the art form. Innovator of 3D pavement art form, Kurt Wenner, will be creating a piece alongside other world-record holders from all over the world.

3D illusions make the road surface appear to dip inward or rise above as the artists paint intricate designs that become interactive when finished. These illusions are all sorts of sizes from 12 feet and up to 100 feet, taking artists 3-8 days to complete. They are created by one artist or sometimes a teams of artists, depending on the size.

Most 3D illusions will be completed or close to completed by November 11th, when the festival first opens.

Additional Events

Young and Young at Heart
A Visitors Interactive for The Creation of Impromptu Chalk Art

Curated Pavement Art Exhibition
A Select Group of Pavement Artists

Museum Exhibition
Celebrating 10 Years of Chalk & Community

Hot Air Balloon
View the Chalk Festival from 120 feet in the air!

Pavement Music Festival
Local and regional easy-listening and get-up-and-dance – enjoyment!

Completed Artwork Viewing Day
Curated Section, 3D Illusions and Pavement Art


Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/981728075301423/

For more information, visit Chalk Festival Website: https://chalkfestival.org/

Chalk Festival
900 Airport Avenue East, Venice

Sarasota Chalk Festival by Pamela Beck

I stopped by to look at the Interactive 3D pavement art. Over a dozen well known international artists were creating their circus inspired compositions right before the eyes of an awed crowd.

Pamela Beck

Pamela Beck

There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join Pamela Beck in her column, ARTdart, as she explores and considers the different perspectives that define the art world.


For many of us, childhood memories of drawing with chalk on the sidewalk are not very interesting and often the source of conflict. We used chalk to make arbitrary but enforceable boundaries (Your ball went over the line, so now you’re out!); to play tic tac toe (No, you can’t go first until you finally win one, you crybaby.); and to draw pictures on someone’s driveway until the unimpressed owner invariably came out and yelled “Hey you, Picasso. Go find somewhere else to paint your masterpiece.”

If only there had been something like the Sarasota Chalk Festival in our town. Then we might have earned some respect as we honed our artistic skills for possible future festival participation! (Maybe even hothead neighbor would have piped down.)

And respect and admiration is just what’s in the air when you walk around “Circus City, USA,” this year’s Chalk Festival, a bow to Sarasota’s circus history. For ten days, this free festival spans 300-600 South Pineapple Avenue in Burns Square and currently runs through November 6th.

I stopped by to look at the Interactive 3D pavement art. Over a dozen well-known international artists were creating their circus inspired compositions right before the eyes of an awed crowd. Standing aloft on a two-story scaffold nearby these artists, was Kurt Wenner himself, the celebrated innovator of this art form. He was directing his own crew of artists from Japan, Germany, Italy and Mexico as they created a complicated, original and beautiful work of visual illusion, premiering a new Wenner technique designed for the festival. This elaborate, massive, intricate piece is a must see for both its extraordinary imagery and eye teasing technique.

Between November 1-6, visitors will be able to step into these artworks and among many options, they can strike a pose with lions, kiss an elephant or perch on a clown’s palm. In this unlikely street setting, experiencing art so directly, surrounded by giggles and cries of disbelief, I can’t imagine that even a killjoy could resist attempting an imaginary balancing act along the high wire painted on the street.

Kurt Wenner’s assistants working on his chalk painting for the 2012 Sarasota Chalk Festival. Photo by Pamela Beck

The 2D pavement artists will chalk between November 2nd-4th. Their finished artwork can be viewed November 5th and 6th. And don’t forget to look up as well– painters, spray can and airbrush artists are going vertical, creating artworks on pre-approved private walls around the city. Over five hundred artists are participating in all of these events.

At different times throughout the festival, there are performances of music, dance, acrobats, and street performers, along with special events. The information for all of these can be found on the festival website under “Events.”

To expand on what you learn from your direct chats with the artists on the streets, Clothesline Gallery and Boutique, at 529 South Pineapple, is presenting “Creative Conversations Chalk Festival Series.” In a six-session format, festival artists discuss their work and inspiration with a moderator and the audience. So far, there’s been one interview with Leon Keer from Holland. I like how he described his work: “I never explain my paintings but can say that I am interested in everyday things. I look through old magazines for ideas. I try to paint people’s forgotten stories and encourage others to remember their own stories and retain their memories.”

“Forgotten stories”- one small, beautiful fragment of information like that, helps me see different things in Keer’s work. Henry Darnell is the next artist in this series. He’s up today, November 1st at 7PM.

This festival starts off with a strong sense of anticipation built-in to it. Watching the art being made, you think that its completion will be the cherry on the cake. But along the way, the personal interaction among the audience, artists and the art itself combined with the closing down of the streets for the art, festival guests and visitors, makes the entire Chalk Festival experience an immensely satisfying end unto itself. (Probably like years ago, when the circus village rolled into town.)

At one point, a Swedish family with two girls about ten and twelve years old, stood next to me on the street. We watched the artists chalk on the pavement below us. Soon the mother and I began to talk.

“We wanted to take a vacation with our girls. We knew about Sarasota’s beaches and cultural activities, but when we heard about the Chalk Festival, we thought the girls would love it; so we booked our trip for this week.”

“How have they liked it?” I asked.

“They love the paintings and can’t believe they’re done so well and in chalk. But what my husband and I didn’t expect is the spirit on these streets. Even though everyone is working on their own thing, and many from different countries, it feels like everyone’s connected. It’s very moving.”

For events, hours, address, directions, info and all schedules:
www.chalkfestival.org


To read more about Pamela, view these links:
http://srxq.blogspot.com/
http://whatdogsreallythink.blogspot.com/

2011 Sarasota Chalk Festival

November 1 – 7, 2011
Celebrating the cultural art form of performance pavement art the Sarasota Chalk Festival is lined up to become the most important contemporary venue in the world as the most renowned local, national and international artists use chalk as their medium and the street pavement as their canvas to turn South Pineapple Avenue into a gallery in motion.

November 1-7, 2011
South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL

Celebrating the cultural art form of performance pavement art the Sarasota Chalk Festival is lined up to become the most important contemporary venue in the world November 1st – 7th as the most renowned local, national and international artists use chalk as their medium and the street pavement as their canvas to turn South Pineapple Avenue into a gallery in motion. This year’s lineup includes innovator of 3D pavement art Kurt Wenner from Washington, Melanie Stimmell Van Latam from California, Michael Kirby from Maryland, Leon Keer from Netherlands, Eduardo Relero from Spain, Vera Bugatti from Italy and Tomoteru Saito from Japan.

This year’s theme is focused on education features works from the art forms thinly document past all the way into today most current contemporary movements. As part of the timeline the festival will honor the Grazie di Curtatone Madonnari with a recreation of the historic 24-hour Madonnari competition that takes place yearly in Mantua Italy during the Feast of the Assumption. Dozens of Italian artists will travel to Sarasota to perform alongside some ambitious American artists in this 24-hour competition that runs November 4th to 5th from 6pm – 6pm that will depict works of art in their tradition of Christian inspiration.

An Exhibition featuring Kurt Wenner’s amazing work will travel from the San Juan Islands Museum to the Ringling College Diana Roskamp Exhibition Hall for a two-week showing October 26th till November 8th. During the festival Wenner will create a pavement drawing with local students marking his first time performed in a festival since 1995. Wenner is a part of the Chalk Festival Lecture Series that will be held at Ringling College and at the 529 Clothesline Gallery The series includes a private evening with Kurt Wenner “Reawakening the Renaissance”, Classical Drawing, 3D and Illusion Techniques, Street Painting Techniques and an in-depth look at the History of Pavement Art. Tickets are on sale at www.ChalkFestival.com or at their Farmer’s Market booth each Saturday till the event.

Renowned Baltimore pavement artist Michael Kirby has partnered with the Sarasota Opera. Kirby will create an elaborate outdoor opera to be constructed at the festival for one-hour excerpts of the famous Madama Butterfly taking place Sunday, November 6th at 11am, 3pm and 8 pm. The set that takes a month to build will feature other performances such as poetry readings, theater and Canadian opera singer Myriam Herman.

New this season, the Chalk Festival is “Going Vertical” with renowned artists Chor Boggie and John Pugh from California, Eduardo Kobra from Brazil, MTO MTO from Germany, Erni Vales from Miami and more. Working on approve properties the artists will create vertical masterpieces including a public art partnership with the City of Sarasota and Jonathan Parks Architect to install 5 public murals in the Palm Avenue Parking Garage starting Tuesday, November 1st.

The 7-day festival will take place Tuesday, November 1st through Monday, November 7th with events in Burns Square and Ringling College. The Chalk Festival will feature dozens of partnerships with other performers in Music, Dance, Poetry, Film, and Theater who are professionals, students and even the little ones just starting their performance experience.

The Sarasota Chalk Festival is organized and managed by the Avenida de Colores 501c3 volunteer nonprofit and is a family event that is free and accessible to all. www.chalkfestival.com

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

NOVEMBER 1 – 7
Illussion, 3D and Persective Artists Performing
400-500 S. Pineapple Avenue in Burns Square over a dozen internationally renowned street artists will create large 3d works of art. The works, which fool your eye and tickle your mind taking several days to complete. The creative development of scale, distor- tion perspective and illusion as the works are created is a performance worth watching.

November 4 – 6
Traditional, 2D and Contemporary Artists Performing
300-600 S. Pineapple Avenue in Burns Square hundreds of artists will transform the pavement into a performance art museum in motion starting on friday morning and completing by sunday.

November 4 – 5
500 S. Pineapple Avenue in Burns Square
Madonnari Competition
over a dozen artists with the help of artists from italy will recreate the Madonnari competition to honor the Grazie that takes place in Mantova italy yearly since 1972. The Grazie is responsible for keeping the cul- tural traditions of street painting alive. artists will fol- low the rules and regulations of the Grazie using dry chalk to create works of art with christian inspiration. artists will work 24-hours straight to complete their works. a blessing of the chalk will take place at 5 pm.

Student Chalk Art Competition
November 5
Whole Foods Market Centre on 1st Street, Downtown
students will turn the sidewalks along whole foods Market centre into an art gallery for this one-day com- petition. little children are also encouraged to chalk.

Little Chalkers – Children at Heart
November 5 & 6, 9 am – 5 pm – Public Participation
Oak Street between S. Pineapple & Palm Avenues in Burns Square
an entire city block is dedicated to children and the young at heart to create their own mini-masterpieces during the event. chalk will be provided and it is free to all to participate. Please come inspire and be in- spired by everyone who wants to give chalk art a try.

Viewing Day – Completed Artwork
November 7, 8 am – 7 pm
300-600 S. Pineapple Avenue in Burns Square
come enjoy the neighborhood, have lunch, catch a movie at Burns court cinema and see the completed artwork before all the artwork is completely removed before the next day.

Kurt Wenner Museum Show
October 26- November 8
Ringling College – Diana Roskamp Exhibition Hall
showcasing the unimaginable skills of a true renais- sance man and master 3-d artist, kurt wenner. The exhibition will feature original oils and pastels, pre- liminary sketched for his pavement art, drawings of historical characters and fantasy worlds, plus memo- rabilia from decades of world travel and sidewalk painting. The show will also include the history of sidewalk art from around the world.

Opera Madama Butterfly
November 6th, Three Shows: 11am, 3pm, 8pm
Dolphin Street in Burns Square
renowned Baltimore artist, Michael kirby has created an outdoor set for the sarasota opera to perform one- hour excerpts of Madama Butterfly live at the sarasota chalk festival. The set is located at the intersection of dolphin street and Pineapple avenue. Throughout the day other performing artists will sing, act, dance and play on the stage between opera sets

Music and Other Performances
November 4 – 6 Burns Square
daily live Performances on our Main stage located on laurel street.

Cellograff Art
November 4 – 6 – Public Can Participate
Burns Square
kanos and astro are traveling from Paris france to wrap Burns square in cellophane and create walls for aerosol artists to create vertical art that will change each day of the festival. This demonstration is highly interactive and a fun way to express yourself without imposing on others personal property. Bring your own aerosol cans and participate.

Going Vertical – Painting Walls
November 1 – 7
Various Locations throughout City
dozens of approved local artists and artists from all over the usa, france, Germany and italy will transform walls that have been pre-approved by property owners into works of art.

Kurt Wenner – A Private Evening
Lecture : Reawakening the Renaissance “Asphalt Renaissance” – A Private Evening with Kurt Wenner
World-renowned artist, architect and innovator of 3D pavement art, as he takes you through his journey that started in Rome and took him around the world. His studies of the European classical tradition found art to be a language of form with ancient roots that is still a valid vehicle for artistic expression. His studies and works include drawings, sculpture, decorative arts, paintings, architecture, as well as innovative contemporary media. Wenner will present a slideshow and lecture of his experience traveling and transforming the folk art of the Italian Madonnari into a lively, contemporary and international sensation.
November 1, 2011 @ 8:00 PM
Ringling College of Art & Design
Diana Roskamp Exhibition Hall
$25 adult/$15 student ID
Book signing after lecture

Kurt Wenner – Instruction Demonstration
“Street Painting Techniques”
World renowned 3D artist Kurt Wenner will provide an overview and demonstration of the various techniques used in pavement art in the past and current mediums, styles and cultures. This will be a hands on interactive class.
November 1, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
529 Clothesline Gallery, 529 S. Pineapple Avenue
$20 adult/$10 student ID

Kurt Wenner – Instructional Demonstration
“Perspective, 3D, Illusion Techniques”
One of the great myths of our time is that humans “see like a camera”. Photography is widely believed to be a major force in the demise of academic figurative traditions in the visual arts and in the birth of modernism. Humans do not see like a camera and before the invention of photography, artists never felt responsible for replicating nature. Perspective illusions are the outward projection of human experience and imagination from the back of the eye onto surfaces in the physical world. Wenner will discuss the history of illusion and demonstrate the mathematical solutions to ancient problems in depiction. This will be a hands on interactive class.
November 3, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
529 Clothesline Gallery, 529 S. Pineapple Avenue
$20 adult/$10 student ID

Kurt Wenner – Instructional Demonstration
“Classical Drawing”
Classical drawing is often misunderstood as a style of art. Instead, it is a language of depiction that encompasses many historical and personal styles. The structure of classicism is rooted in ancient principles of sacred geometry and human perception. No other artistic language has surpassed its ability to communicate form and space to the viewer. Wenner will demonstrate that a classical drawing is fundamentally both “abstract” in structure and “pure” in design.
November 5, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
529 Clothesline Gallery, 529 S. Pineapple Avenue
$20 adult/$10 student ID

Kurt Wenner – Lecture
“Architecture and Architecture Detailing”
Classical architecture in the ancient world was based on precise mathematical principles of symmetry. Proportion is a form of symmetry that requires all of the parts of a building to maintain a precise relationship to the whole. Decorative elements of a building must therefore be designed and fabricated in order to make an architectural design into a unified work of art. This lecture will discuss both the design and production of original architectural details.
Book signing reception at JWood Realty following lecture, 330 S. Pineapple Avenue in Burns Square.
November 2, 2011 @ 5:00 PM
Ringling College of Art & Design
Academic Center Auditorium
$20 adult/$10 student ID
Book signing reception at JWood Realty following lecture, 330 S. Pineapple Avenue in Burns Square.

Kurt Wenner – Lecture
“History of Pavement Art”
Pavement art has a rich, colorful, and varied history that is often “simplified to the point of being wrong”, by writers who have little personal experience with the various traditions or the protagonists. Wenner will describe the cultural roots and methods of the italian madonnari, the German strassenmaler, and the British screevers. All of these cultural traditions have been used as a foundation for the current emergence of pavement art as a global artistic phenomenon, which still provides opportunities for artists and students. Rare photos and engravings of historical pavement artists will accompany the lecture/slideshow.
November 4, 2011 @ 4:00 PM
Ringling College of Art & Design
Academic Center Auditorium
$20 adult/$10 student ID

Jim Prigoff – Lecture
“Fourty Years of Spray Can Art”
Documenting urban murals worldwide since the 1960’s, Prigoff’s personal photography collection of spraycan art (graffiti) is one of the most extensive in the world. He will share with you his collection of not only photographs, but amazing stories on his years documenting this urban art form. He is the co-author of several books on the subject. Book signing follows the lecture.
November 4, 2011 @ 8:00 PM
Ringling College of Art & Design
Academic Center Auditorium
$20 adult/$10 student ID