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/

The Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path

The purpose of the Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path is to offer an experiential portrait of our collective traditions, cultures, and myths in order to celebrate our differences, our similarities, and the opportunities that lie therein. The initial installation included series and individual pieces inspired by the teachings of Joseph Campbell, Stephen Covey, Buddhism, Christianity, and more. Future installations are inviting artists to bring interpretations of their own life lessons and hero´s journey to the forefront of their art in order to inspire greater community interdependence and personal growth.

Last year, for the ArtSlam Festival in downtown Bradenton, the Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path made it´s debut. The installation was comprised of 48 individual pieces developed by local artists Steve McAllister, Amy Kern, Chris McKenzie, Melina Economos, and Miranda Massey. Since then, the mobile gallery has been installed at Celebrate Wellness Fest, Sarasota Naturally, Step Up to Homelessness Ten Year Plan Launch, the Economics of Happiness Summit, First Presbyterian Church, and Earthdance 2012. It has morphed slightly from festival to festival, offering a contemplative and inspiring respite from the crowds, music, noise, and fast pace of the festivals, as well as life in general.

Photo by Jessie Smith

The purpose of the Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path is to offer an experiential portrait of our collective traditions, cultures, and myths in order to celebrate our differences, our similarities, and the opportunities that lie therein. The initial installation included series and individual pieces inspired by the teachings of Joseph Campbell, Stephen Covey, Buddhism, Christianity, and more. Future installations are inviting artists to bring interpretations of their own life lessons and hero´s journey to the forefront of their art in order to inspire greater community interdependence and personal growth.

The Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path will be installed again at the Sarasota Chalk Festival on November 3-4 and at ArtSlam 2012 on Saturday, November 10th along Bradenton´s newly designed Riverwalk. Local artists may contribute to the Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path on either or both installations. Participating artists may also be included in a tentative December installation which will include a live auction for individual pieces.

Photo provided by the artist.

To participate in the Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path installations at either the Sarasota Chalk Festival or Artslam, artists need to follow only four steps:

1. Select a basis for an interpretive series or individual piece. (A list of possibilities is listed below for you to choose from, but should only be used as guides, not limitations.)
2. Create canvases from re-purposed materials and turn them into interpretations of your selected theme in the medium(s) of your choice.
3. Bring your series to the your selected installation.
4. Retrieve your series at the end of the installation.

In addition to the tentative auction, participating artists can also receive time dollars for their participation if they are members of the Common Wealth Time Bank. The Common Wealth Time Bank is an alternative currency recently started through Transition Sarasota under the direction of Steve McAllister, architect of the Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path. Like the Labyrinth itself, the Common Wealth Time Bank is designed to build upon the strength and value of the community and its residents in order to create a greater realization of beauty, abundance, service, and trust.

Photo provided by the artist.

Presently, selections for Unbroken Path series include, but are not limited to, the 4 Noble Truths, don Miguel Ruiz´ 5 (or 4) Agreements, the 5 steps of the Romans Road, Erik Erikson´s 6 Stages of Development, the 7 steps to Maslow´s Hierarchy of Human Needs, the 7 Chakras, the 7 Days of Creation, the 8 (or 7) Habits of Highly Effective People, the 8 Beatitudes, the 8-fold Path of Righteousness, the 11 (or 9) Celestine Insights, the 11 steps of Joseph Campbell´s Hero´s Journey, the 12 Steps of Anonymous, David Hawkins´ 17 Stages of Consciousness, or the 22 cards of the Tarot´s Fool´s Journey. Participants are also welcome to develop their own series or to adopt a 4 part series based on the ABC2 Economy theory. Artists hoping to participate in the Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path should contact Steve McAllister at inkensoul@gmail.com for more information.

The Goods: Weekend News (11.04.11)

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6.

WEEK IN REVIEW:


4th Annual Sarasota Chalk Festival http://wp.me/p1DJvQ-2L
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 …


Hugh Davies at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art http://wp.me/p1DJvQ-6c
November 4, 2011 (6-8 pm)
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery is presenting an exhibit featuring 15 recent works by the renowned artist and Ringling College faculty member.


Fairy Tale Exhibition at Selby Gallery http://wp.me/p1DJvQ-79
Opening – Friday, Nov. 4
Traditional and contemporary fairy tales illustrated by prize winning contemporary artists.

Kinuko Y. Craft, The Fairy Godmother, Oil on board, 9.5”x 12.25”, 2000

Ann Roth Exhibition at Crossley Gallery http://wp.me/p1DJvQ-bs
Closing – Nov. 4
Ringling College of Art + Design is proud to host Visiting Artist Ann Roth on campus.

Sketch by Ann Roth

Chicken Scratch – Tim Jaeger Exhibit at Palmetto Art Center http://wp.me/p1DJvQ-cl
Opening – Friday, Nov. 4 (5-9PM)
PAC invites the public to view paintings based on the artist’s personal history and desire to contribute something to the history of art.

CS 14 by Tim Jaeger

Going to an art opening this weekend? Email us your pics of art openings at info@sarasotavisualart.com

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Origin of Ego, the Artist behind the Lego Man

After a bit of digging in the sand, it suggests that the work of Ego Leonard was created by Dutch guerrilla artist, and 2011 Sarasota Chalk Festival featured artist, Leon Keer.

10/26/2011 (2:00pm)

Is it a bird? No. Is it a plane? No. It’s Ego Leonard, the giant, yellow smiling Lego man that washed ashore the beautiful Siesta Beach yesterday. After a bit of digging in the sand, Sarasota Visual Art suggests that the work of Ego Leonard was created by Dutch guerrilla artist, and 2011 Sarasota Chalk Festival featured artist, Leon Keer.

Lego Man, Ego Leonard
Credit: http://www.egoleonard.nl/

Keer, born in Utrecht, The Netherlands (where Ego mysteriously appeared on the Zandvoort beach in the Netherlands in 2007 among many other locations) in 1970, is an enthusiastic 3D street painter, and 2D artist. Paintings of Keer’s work appear on the site http://www.st-artgallery.com/artists/ego-leonard.html where you can purchase a part of the Ego Leonard phenomena for a couple thousand dollars. The website www.egoleonard.com is registered under Keer’s personal email address, the contact for Keer’s other site featuring his beautifully rendered and detailed works at www.dufois.nl. In addition, Keer is “friends” with Ego Leonard on Facebook, and both are mutual friends with Sarasota Chalk Festival founder, chairwoman, and now master of marketing, Denise Kowal.

(sketch) Terracotta army discovered in Sarasota by Leon Keer - "The painting will not be an attampt to change the history, but rather to give something informative to the public and question the existing environment of its opportunism and society control."

Don’t miss the Sarasota Chalk Festival and Leon Keer’s work coming to downtown Sarasota, Nov. 1-7, 2011. To view Keer’s concept sketch for this year’s Chalk Festival theme “Pavement Through the Ages” visit http://www.chalkfestival.com/?p=3487

Public records for EGOLEONARD.COM showing the owner information.
Lego Man, Ego Leonard
The main website for Ego, a redirect from EGOLEONARD.COM