Our Sponsors

Please become an active participant in this community event’s success by volunteering and sponsoring. The Sarasota Chalk Festival is managed by, and a benefit for, the Avenida de Colores 501c3 nonprofit cultural arts organization that is funded, in part, by generous sponsors. The nonprofit is an entirely volunteer run organization that along with its sponsors, consists of dedicated volunteers and talented artists, including Denise Kowal, the founder; and together with the visitors create the ‘awe-inspiring’ event everyone has come to LOVE. Sponsors give support financially and with in-kind products and services needed. The festival supports sustainability by attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors and millions of dollars into the community. It enriches lives by create memorable cultural experiences and a sense of place for area residents. Below is a list of our amazing major sponsors for 2014.

10345993_769826289753514_1644790006714728095_nOur Artists and Volunteers

Did you know that the largest benefactors of the Sarasota Chalk Festival are the artists who perform in the festival and the volunteers that dedicated their time to create the ‘wow’ experience everyone has come to enjoy. This year many of the artists will dedicate three weeks by performing in the festival as well as helping to secure the Largest 3D Pavement Painting in the World! Many volunteers work all year putting this festival together and others dedicated weeks on end leading up to and during the festivities. The Largest beneficiaries of the festival are the area businesses, residents and local government. Together the artists and volunteers donate in-kind services of roughly 2 million dollars. Sometimes our volunteers are also artists, such as Carol Bohlen (Merchandise Chair) who is pictured here. You can read about our artists by clicking HERE and our volunteer leaders HERE.

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Some of the Tourist Development Tax collected from tourists revenues directly fund Sarasota County arts and cultural organizations to offer high quality programming that continues to attract tourists to our area. The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County (formerly Sarasota County Arts Council) administers a little more than one million dollars each year in Tourist Development Cultural/Arts (TDC/A) grants.  Grants are available to organizations with recognized ability to produce, present and promote cultural and arts activities that appeal to tourists.

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Kenyon Kowal is a front-end developer, designer and musician living in Portland, Oregon. He works remotely for Sarasota company atLarge.Inc as an Interactive Designer & Front-End Developer making things with Drupal and WordPress. He takes on contract work from time to time, and likes to do fun side projects in his spare time like creating the Sarasota Chalk Festival website. If you would like to know more about him, check out his website.

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Sharky’s sit smack dab on the Gulf in the Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World, it also boasts amazing sunsets, gorgeous views, and the best seafood around!  You don’t want to miss the delicious tropical frozen drinks, the grouper sandwiches, or the live music, all while sitting or dancing right on the Gulf of Mexico! Come catch a sunset or dance the night away with Sharky’s On The Pier. 1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice, Florida 34285 (941) 488-1456 P.S. don’t forget to have your photo taken on the street painting of a Shark out front!

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Screen Printing/Poster Silkscreen Printing/Logo Brand Identity – Clothesline strives to deliver high quality products and tailor a personal experience for clients such as The Ringling Museum, and to constantly create opportunities for artists with clients such as the Sarasota Chalk Festival. We also have our own product lines – every product we release is a piece of our identity and reflects our individuality, attitude and lifestyle. Est. 2008, the Clothesline brand continues to embody the counterculture of Downtown Sarasota by embracing contemporary art, urban fashion, and the curious, ever-rebellious spirit of our youth. Contact Austin Kowal (941) 724-6667

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Discover a refreshing travel experience at Fairfield Inn & Suites Venice by Marriott, one of the top-valued hotels in Venice, FL. Nestled off Interstate 75 at exit 193. We are a recipient of the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. We are AAA Diamond Rated. All guests enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast, 24-hour fitness center, outdoor heated pool and spa, guest laundry and dry cleaning service, complimentary business center and complimentary wired/wireless Internet service.

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Visit the new website of the Longboat Key Kiwanis Club to updated information about our weekly meetings. We hope you will find everything you want to know about Kiwanis. Our club meets for breakfast every week of the year. We welcome interesting speakers for our members and guests. If you would like more information about the LBK Kiwanis Club contact Reg Ware at 941-400-0804.

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Welcome to Freedom Boat Club of Venice – Lush, friendly and Mediterranean. The quaint, small-town feel with a lovely boulevard of Mediterranean-style architecture provides a town center worthy of shopping or lunching under the shady live oaks. When the surf is calm, divers like to anchor a couple of miles from the Venice Fishing Pier and search for ancient shark teeth brought in by the currents, as this is the sharks tooth capitol of the world. Speaking of sea creatures…be sure to look for frolicking dolphin as you head out on the ICW. Have your camera ready they move fast!


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Specializing in Fine Art Photography. David has been the Archive Chairman for the Sarasota Chalk Festival since 2010 and leads a team of over 40 volunteer photographers and videographers each year. He also was the official photographer for the ‘Legacy of Valor’ campaign.

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Together with their donors, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation transforms our region through bold and proactive philanthropy.

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With a stay at Ramada Venice Resort in Venice, you’ll be close to Venice Beach and Fox Lea Farm. This hotel is within the vicinity of Nokomis Beach and Oscar Scherer State Park. Enjoy many recreational opportunities, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness center. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access and tour/ticket assistance.

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Strayer Surveying and Mapping, Inc. is a full service land surveying and mapping company.  Established in 1987, the original name of the company was Leslie, Hicks, Strayer and Associates, Inc.  Robert B. Strayer, Jr., one of the original partners in 1987, had become majority shareholder & President in 1990.  He then renamed the company Strayer Surveying and Mapping, Inc. in 1995. In 2012 we celebrated our 25th year in business!

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Family owned and operated, Roberts Insurance Group LLC has delivered quality insurance solutions to individuals in Florida, specializing in Auto and Homeowners insurance coverage. Our team of trusted insurance professionals wants to help you and your family find the policy that best suits your needs. At Roberts Insurance Group LLC, we’ll work with you to ensure that you and those you care about most are protected. We focus on providing personalized attention and quality customer service to create an experience that’s difficult to find in today’s market.

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During the 70’s and 80’s the Venice area experienced tremendous growth. It became apparent that the original Art Center sorely needed renovation. The name was changed to “The Venice Art Center, Inc.” and by 1993 “The Friends of the Venice Art Center” had been created to assist with programs and funding. Following groundbreaking in January 1996, construction was completed by October. With increased classroom space available, a vigorous, supportive membership and new, flexible display galleries, the Venice Art Center proudly carries the aim of the 1958 founders “to stimulate and encourage the appreciation of art” into the future.

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The Venice Community Center (VCC) is a beautiful 45,000 sq. ft. regional facility that serves the needs of residents and visitors in Sarasota County as well as counties to the north and south.

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The Venice Circus Arts Foundation, Inc., a local 501c3 with a mission to rescue, restore, and revive the historic Venice Circus Arena. This site was formerly the Winter Quarter for the greatest show on earth, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1960-1996.

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The mission is to collect and preserve historical and archeological material relating to Venice and the communities of Nokomis, Laurel and Osprey, whose histories have all been interwoven from 1867 to the present time. Permanent displays iinclude exhibits regarding the life of Dr. Fred Albee and local fossils collected by Roy and Helen Burgess. A special exhibit is changed periodically.

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Bellissima Medi Spa is paradise for the soul and skin. They offer Laser Genesis, Fractora Firm, Microdermabrasion/LED/Dermaplaning, Steamy Wonder Body Treatments, PCS Skin Professional Treatments, My body Skin Care, Botox, Juvederm XC Radiesse, and Waxing. Visit Bellissima Medi Spa at 1505 Tamiami Trail S., Suite 405, Venice, FL 34285 (941) 497-7111

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As a Bryant Factory Authorized dealer we offer complete AC repair and installation service you can trust. All our AC technicians are NATE Certified and specialize in residential AC repair, new unit installation and maintenance plans for residents in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties. As a family owned company, we have a personal stake in your 100% satisfaction. Our AC repair technicians are available 24/7 for your emergency calls and our work is backed by Bryant’s 100% customer service satisfaction guarantee

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We are a charter bus company providing service throughout Florida. Our buses are fully equipped with restrooms, A/C, heating, TVs and DVD players. We work with schools, churches, clubs, private groups, companies, etc. Just give us a call or send an email with your trip details. We’ll get back to you with a quote. Relax and leave the driving up to our professional, reliable drivers.

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At Gamblin, our mission is to lead oil painting and printmaking into the future. To us this means crafting materials as they ought to be, not just as they have been. Our luscious colors and contemporary mediums are true to historic working properties, yet safer and more permanent.

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At Caddy Carts, we have a huge selection of new, custom, remanufactured and used carts; both in gas and electric. We also have a large assortment of commercial, industrial, and off-road vehicles. Our street legal selection is vast with an impressive assortment of colors and a variety of accessories.

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Bleitz is a print and web designer and design educator with html and css tendencies. He has worked at a commercial printer, an advertising agency and a design studio. An Iowa State Cyclone, he worked at a hot little boutique studio in Des Moines for 5 years, cutting his teeth on start-to-finish projects from posters and logos to magazines and annual reports, winning design awards and getting a few projects into some international design publications, before quitting a perfectly good job and heading graduate school in Tucson, Arizona.

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BLICK knows that being creative often requires materials that are difficult to find. That’s why Blick stocks more than 60,000 products and offers nearly 15,000 factory-direct items.

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Our Natural Earth and Ocher, and French Mineral pigments make up the foundation of our pigment selection. These colors come from the Société des Ocres de France, owners of the last remaining Ocher quarry near Apt, in the Provence region of France.

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