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August 10-11, 2019
This will be the chalk of the town! Watch professional chalk artists turn concrete into masterpieces at Crystal Bridges. On Saturday, August 10, watch the pros at work and get an up-close look at their chalk creation process. Then, come back on Sunday, August 11 to see the finished products and take fun photos with them! On both days, admire impressive chalk art while enjoying live music, food trucks, a kids chalking area, and artmaking, and chalk it up to a good time.
Don’t miss the Ale Trail! For guests ages 21 and up, Chalk Festival will also offer an Ale Trail, featuring custom brews crafted by Bike Rack Brewing Co. Buy your tickets at the event! A $10 ticket includes 5 beers (4 oz. pours) and the first 250 ticket buyers will receive a souvenir cup. Open during Chalk Festival hours.
Free, no registration required.
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Aislynn Mullen has had a love for the arts her whole life. She started chalking with her dad as a young teen and has expanded from local South Florida festivals to nationwide. Today she is a graduate from the University of Florida and continues her passion for art outside of work, traveling to festivals all over the East Coast and Midwest. She is a member of the Florida Chalk Artist Association and lover of pop culture, which is usually the subject of her art.
Amber Winters Perrodin is a mixed media artist living in Springdale, Arkansas. She received her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Arkansas in 2010 and is also the founder and creative director of Northwest Arkansas’s fastest-growing indie craft show, The Little Craft Show. She previously worked as the Programming Director for the Downtown Springdale Alliance and is currently represented by James May Gallery in Wisconsin. Perrodin’s work embodies a certain quiet, poetic nature that expresses her love of nature by combining paper, paints, and various materials into her work.
Aislynn Anat Ronen, a native of Israel, is a Houston-based, self-taught, multi-disciplinary artist. She has executed commissions all over the United States, Europe and Israel. Anat works with a variety of materials from acrylics, latex, tempera, chalk, pen, marker, colour pencils, digital and more. Typically working on at least 20 projects at one time, Anat prides herself on her ability to work on a large scale and at a rapid pace. Her work ranges in size from a few inches to over 30 feet tall and covering a variety of subject matter. Versatility is her strong suit, commenting, “Everything inspires me.”
Anthony Cappetto is an internationally recognized 3D street painting artist working in chalk and paint creating interactive illusions for corporate and exhibition events. Cappetto has designed illusions on the ground and on vertical/ground planes for events in Europe, India, UAE, Japan, North and South America, and throughout the US. Since 2011, use of 4D emerging technologies such as augmented and virtual reality has been a part of Cappetto’s designs. He enjoys sharing the interactivity of his art with the public making the experience a part for all.
Beth Shistle is a freelance published artist who works in her home studio in DeLand, FL. She is mostly known for her pastel and acrylic portraits of animals and children. Her miniature ACEOs (Art Cards Editions and Originals) have been collected internationally. She is a Maestro-designated chalk artist with the Florida Chalk Artist Association, and enjoys creating large-scale street paintings at chalk art festivals. When Beth is not creating art, she enjoys singing in a choir, reading, and camping. She lives with her husband, two cats, and her Papillon. She is a retired Volusia County art educator and has seven grandchildren.
Chalk Riot’s work is driven by a passionate commitment to honest storytelling and arts accessibility for the masses. With a namesake inspired by suffragettes that once used chalk as a tool of creative communication, our team of women street artists contributes vibrant imagery to streets, sidewalks, and walls. Firm believers that “all the world’s a stage,” we acknowledge that all viewers are active participants in our artwork. We seek to enhance urban spaces that are otherwise often overlooked, and have created in four countries and 16 states to date. Artist Chelsea Ritter-Soronen is based in Washington, DC.
Corbin Hillam has been an illustrator for over 40 years, mostly in the area of children’s publishing. His work has appeared in over 200 books, including eight of his own books. Corbin is also a muralist, working in both paint and chalk. This was his fifteenth year at the Denver Chalk Festival. He and his wife, Jane, recently moved to Denver, CO to be close to their granddaughters. He enjoys hiking and camping in Colorado’s beautiful backcountry.
Anthony “Eli” Farias is an artist and creative thinker who hopes to change the world and do some good here on this earth before his time is up. He became an artist to inspire the minds of the youth, invigorate our culture and give back a little beauty to this world. Over the years, Farias has been featured in various publications. Currently, he is working on large oil and acrylic paintings on stretched canvas. In his words, “I paint what I feel and if I feel the urge to paint or do something different in my creative process I usually take that opportunity.”
Fawne DeRosia is a multi-talented artist from Thomaston, Georgia who creates in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, window art, and large-format murals. She is the founder of Flint Rose Studio where she increases her body of work, hosts art workshops, and works to foster the growth of art culture in the greater Thomaston/Upson County area.
Born in the border town of Acuña, Mexico, Fernando Andrade grew up in San Antonio, TX. During Andrade’s childhood years, it was considered safe for children to play outside. Today, however, that same neighborhood is troubled with ongoing violence brought on by drug cartel leaders. As an artist, Andrade copes with the turmoil in his homeland in his figurative drawings. Andrade creates simple narratives based on stories he has heard about border violence. Believing that everyone can identify with the innocence of youth, Andrade stages his scenarios using children in place of adults, a strategy for enticing viewers to engage in his conversation.
Holly Lynn Schineller, mother of four and resident of Tempe, AZ, attended both the California College of Art and Arizona State University to complete a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. She finds inspiration in nature, the sciences, and mathematics. Her commercial work includes functional glass, mosaics, sculptural work, and installations. She works with youth through Scottsdale Artists’ School and Phoenix Center for the Arts. Follow her @HollyGrounded.
Hubert Neal Jr, is an American artist of Belizean descent from Chicago, currently creating and living in Bentonville, Arkansas, where he founded The Visual Poets Society, an art studio and gallery. Hubert studied Art at The Chicago Academy for the Arts and The School of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University. He has exhibited in places as varied as Jamaica, Belize, and India, as well as here at home in New York, Chicago, and Miami. His work addresses social issues and personal life experiences.
Jasmine Pilkinton is a student artist who specializes in cartoon art. She is going to college for animation and hopes to become an animator or character designer in the future.
Jeff Pilkinton and his daughter Jasmine took the plunge into the world of street painting festivals a few years ago. These days, Jeff has been to Florida, Michigan, Ohio, California, Baltimore, Tennessee, and of course, Indiana, creating art with chalk. He was even featured on his local PBS station discussing chalk art and what it takes to create it. Jeff’s style is primarily portraits that are of popular culture. “Scenes from movies and music stars is what inspires me.”
While teaching art history at The Art Institute of Tennessee, Nashville, Jennifer Richardson organized her students to participate in the first Nashville Chalk Festival and has participated every year since. As her interest in chalk art grew, she began traveling to various festivals and became a member of the International Street Painting Society and the Georgia Chalk Artists Guild. When she isn’t covered in chalk, Jennifer puts her MA in art history to use by teaching online and providing art lessons to her community through her own art haven, Golden House Studio.
Jennifer RoJeanne is a Columbus, Ohio-based chalk and mural artist. She studied ceramics while earning her BFA at The Ohio State University and was first introduced to large format chalk art in 2015. With a love of everything antique, a lot of her inspiration comes from historical advertisements, botanical prints, and vintage fonts and typography. She is also a highly skilled hand-letterer. Jennifer is one of the founding members of The Ohio Chalk Art Guild, a group of chalk artists that help to promote large-format chalk art.
Joan Finn is a Kansas City-based artist who discovered chalk street painting in 1999 at a local festival. It was a challenge as she recently lost vision of her better eye. In 2004, she did her first solo commission for the Kansas City Irish Fest. Joan has participated in the Sarasota/Venice International Chalk Festival for five years and the Marietta Chalktoberfest Festival for two years. Joan attended the Kansas City Art Institute and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.
Ken Mullen is a chalk artist and muralist from West Palm Beach, FL. Whether working alone, with his children, or as half of 3D-chalking duo Chalk Guys, he has been creating artwork for over 20 years. Professionally certified as a Maestro-level chalk artist by the Florida Chalk Artists Association, Ken has had the privilege of traveling for his artwork, and has performed at festivals and events throughout the United States. When not creating 3D street art with Chalk Guys, he often chooses portraits as his subject matter, enjoying the challenge of capturing recognizable details on often difficult surfaces.
Liza Fishbone is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Austin, TX. Through her work, she confronts the intangible nature of Space and Home and explores the feeling of belonging one place and many places simultaneously. Liza uses the world around her as a canvas, bringing attention to surfaces otherwise overlooked. Her work is heavily influenced by her time spent in the scenic department of The MUNY Opera, the studios of Syracuse University earning a BFA in Fashion Design, and traveling around the world with just a backpack. Liza is a proud member of CHALK R!OT and is on a mission to color the world.
Octavio Logo’s artwork explores a wide range of topics and techniques, including graphic novels and printmaking, painting, bookbinding, mural, sculpture, and installation. He became a professional artist five years ago and has been developing projects in the United States for the past three years. Born in Mexico City, Octavio studied Classical Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. After traveling to several Mexican States to study printmaking and painting, his work acquired a higher social and political direction, intimately related to the turbulent and magical life in Mexico.
Sheryl Lazenby is a Columbus, Ohio-based artist specializing in 2D and 3D anamorphic pavement art. Sheryl is a founding artist of the Ohio Chalk Art Guild and the owner of Chalkstix. Her award-winning work has been seen in galleries, solo shows, and group exhibits in the central Ohio area. Sheryl has led youth workshops and taught summer street painting camps. Sheryl received her BFA in fine art/photography from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and is a member of the Ohio Art League, among others. When she isn’t chalking, she is the owner of SmartDog Design working as a graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer.
Tonya Youngberg has grown into an artist whose work encompasses color, texture, form, and content in all mediums of art including paint, digital concepts, and pencil. This approach has led to her producing work including street painting, murals, temporary, and permanent art. Her goal is to encourage at least one person to create a piece of art in any medium. Tonya has been featured at numerous street painting festivals and international events. Her work has won numerous awards. Tonya is a mother of two and lives in West Bountiful, Utah.
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Although his mother was from Germany and his father was from Egypt, Tyler Z. Key (TZKey) was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating from the University of Alabama and moving to Nashville, he began to curate quarterly events to create a unique mix of live art and music called Graffiti Parties. These events quickly gained popularity and caught the attention of local businesses. Now, his murals can be found all over the city. TZKey’s art ultimately portrays both sides of the brain: creative expression and analytic logic. When Tyler isn’t working on commissioned murals, he spends his spare time working in art therapy with adults.