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Chalk Art January 31, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Travel & Leisure.

Last fall, Sarasota held a Chalk Art Festival with participating artists from around the Globe.

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The theme had a military bent . . . with m&m’s providing sweet relief.

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Lady Liberty shed some light on things.

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One artist focused his time and talents on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of JFK.

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Leaving the festival, we noticed more Street Art . . . of a more permanent kind.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Have you ever been to a Chalk Art Festival?  What did you think?


1. Maggie - January 31, 2014

Some people are such amazing artists… I wish they’d have a Chalk Art Festival where I live.

nrhatch - January 31, 2014

Keep your eyes open, Maggie. Sarasota has had one for a few years. This year, AMI joined the fun and had a 3 day festival a couple weeks ago . . . I forgot my camera. 😐

The theme was Island Life & Pirates and, like Sarasota, the art was amazing ~ dolphins and parrots and manatees and bright brilliant colors. The organizers set up “Chalk Boxes” every block or so with Questions on 4 sides for Festival Goers to answer ~ favorite color, favorite food, how AMI makes them feel, why art, etc.

2. suzicate - January 31, 2014

Wow, just WOW!

nrhatch - January 31, 2014

The artists who attended the Chalk Festivals in Sarasota and on AMI came from around the globe. Fabulous work.

I wonder if Mary Poppins or Bert jumped in a pavement painting when no one was looking?

3. Crowing Crone Joss - January 31, 2014

only ever seen these in pics from others. I do love coming upon paintings on the side of buildings in a city though. Quebec City has some marvelous ones.

nrhatch - January 31, 2014

There are some wonderful trompe-l’œil paintings in downtown Sarasota ~ including one of painters on a scaffolding painting a trompe-l’œil painting (of painters on a scaffold).

Crowing Crone Joss - January 31, 2014

oh that is really neat. You’ll have to post a picture of it someday.

nrhatch - January 31, 2014

Shall do . . . if I can find it.

4. Don - January 31, 2014

What a marvelous idea.

nrhatch - January 31, 2014

It was interesting to wander around and see all the takes on the theme. I like the one on AMI better ~ no tanks or guns . . . just sea life and beaches.

5. Kathy Waller - January 31, 2014


6. colonialist - January 31, 2014

I wonder if they practised as schoolteachers on blackboards first?

nrhatch - January 31, 2014

Most of them didn’t look like schoolteachers. 😛

colonialist - February 1, 2014

Maybe this is reaction setting in …?

nrhatch - February 1, 2014

Sorry. I’ve missed your meaning.

7. Tammy - January 31, 2014

Those are chalk???

nrhatch - January 31, 2014

They are. I wish I’d taken a few more snapshots to share . . . especially of the Festival on the island. The sea scenes were so full of tropical flavor and flair.

8. bluebee - January 31, 2014

Amazing chalk drawings – such talented people.

nrhatch - January 31, 2014

It’s amazing watching them work . . . on their hands and knees. My knees would give up the ghost in protest, I’m sure.

9. jannatwrites - January 31, 2014

That looks so cool! I’ve never been to a chalk art festival.

nrhatch - February 1, 2014

Neither had we . . . and now we’ve been to two.

It’s a great idea when people want to be out and about and not cooped up inside. But there must be a street or parking lot willing to be closed to traffic for the day.

They had areas with small blocks for tiny tot art. The kids had fun creating mini-murals.

10. ericjbaker - February 1, 2014

There’s some lovely chalk art every April during the Princeton street fair (AKA Communiversity). I admire artists who are comfortable with impermanence.

nrhatch - February 1, 2014

Yes! Willing to embrace impermanence is key. I watched some Buddhist monks building a mandala once. For three days, they shifted sand into position. On the last day, they blew their work away.

The point? To be in the moment enjoying the journey, to embrace the active act of creating. To practice the art of non-attachment. Namaste.

11. Three Well Beings - February 1, 2014

I have been to a chalk festival, Nancy, and I’m always amazed. I’m so amazed at the talent, and the dedication to a project that is impermanent! The examples you’ve provided are really impressive, too. The 3-D effect of the mural is really impressive, also!

nrhatch - February 1, 2014

It’s amazing what they create in a short span of time with throngs of on-lookers breathing down their necks. Literally. All while knowing that it’s going to be enjoyed only briefly before being washed away by rain and tire tracks.

We went on the last day of both festivals so we could see the complete and almost completed art. But the festivals had crowds in the audience every day.

12. pix & kardz - February 1, 2014

never heard of a chalk art festival, but it sounds like lots of fun! thanks for sharing.

nrhatch - February 1, 2014

Hi Kris! It’s a great fair weather activity . . . not so great if Mother Nature doesn’t play along with the plans. 😉

13. Eric Tonningsen - February 1, 2014

Have not been but enjoyed journeying via your shots. The downtown traffic scene on the building side is wonderful. I don’t remember JFK have jowls…

nrhatch - February 1, 2014

I think this is the photo the artist was drawing from . . . with slightly wider cheeks & jowls and a bit more girth about the neck.

Next time we go to Sarasota, I’ll have to shoot more of the street art. Including the shot requested by Joss (#3 above).

14. diannegray - February 1, 2014

Fantastic, Nancy! I love pictures of chalk art but I’ve never seen these pics in real life 😀

nrhatch - February 1, 2014

Glad you enjoyed the pics. I wish I’d remembered my camera when we went to the festival on the island ~ we loved the sea scenes with mermaids, manatees, and manta rays.

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