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Guest Artists Enhance Chalk Festival
The 22nd annual Chalk Festival will feature seven guest artists who will create works right alongside chalk festival participants on the museum grounds.
Robin Van Lear, artistic director of the museum’s community arts program, says that she invites guest artists to chalk each year to showcase the variety of methods to approach street painting. By invitation and design, most of the artists are not specialists in the medium.
"I think it’s inspirational to include guest artists. It also keeps the process of creating at the highest level from being a secret to our visitors. It demystifies it and enables the public to see firsthand there's not just one way to create art. My hope is that the different artists will be inspiring to different people and that people will think of street painting as a way to create really fine art."
A.D. Peters has received acclaim for painting on steel and has had a long history with the Chalk Festival as one of the first guest artists.
"I do not do chalk or pastel on my regular works. The festival gives me an opportunity to explore the medium, and the works I create there are the largest paintings I have ever done outside of murals."
While some of the guest artists have preliminary thoughts and sketches of what they plan to create on the sidewalks around the museum, others will meet the days for fresh inspiration. Robin Van Lear plans to create a chalked work based on the museum’s Indian Kalighat Paintings exhibition, which closes Sunday, September 18.
Other Chalk Festival guest artists include Mark Jenks, Jesse Rhinehart, Jan Stickney-Kleber, Rafael Valdivieso and Robin Heinrich.
And for first-time chalkers, the guest artists offer an important tip: “Don’t forget the sun block and wear knee pads.”
Come join the fun and Chalk Your Own Pictures
Saturday, September 17, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 18, noon-5:00 p.m.
Large square (approx. 3 x 4 ft.) and 24-color box of chalk: $16
Small square (approx. 2 x 3 ft.) and 12-color box of chalk: $8
Individuals, families, schools, and neighborhood groups are all invited to participate. Children under 15 must be accompanied by supervising adults.
Sign up when you arrive. Groups are encouraged to pre-register; call 216-707-2483 or e-mail commartsinfo [at] clevelandart [dot] org (subject: Chalk%20Your%20Own) by Wednesday, September 14.
Non-paid advance registrations will be held until 1:00 Sunday.
Chalk Festival is free to watch. We’ll also have a mobile food truck plus a great band both days.