Each year the Chalk Festival works with volunteer's who step forward to be leaders, affectionately called Captains. Our organization will have about 70 Captains for the 2017 Festival. These Captains work to insure the festival’s success by taking on a large amount of responsibility for particular areas of the festival. They generally work all year round trying to improve their area of the festivities and as the festival nears they may work full time ensuring its success. We have a few openings for Captains so if you love the cultural arts and have some management abilities or patience, time, passion and dedication, please reach out and see if there is a position you would enjoy. Contact participate@ChalkFestival.org for more information.
Denise KowalChair, Founder
Carol CarylCaptain, Staff Care
Kenyon KowalChair, Website & Branding
Denise Kowal Founded the Chalk Festival in 2007. For the past ten years she has dedicated over a 1000 volunteer hours each year to ensure the festival success. A stanch believer that we are all in this together, she garners over 2 million dollars a year of in-kind support and has kept the nonprofit 100% volunteer. She has created a chalk family and their collective love of the art form - artists, volunteers, donors and visitors have together, made the Chalk Festival the most important pavement event in the world.
Carole is a founding board member with the Chalk Festival since incorporating as a 501c3 in 2010. She has been working on the Festival's success since 2009. She travels with her husband Doug each year to dedicate weeks onsite during the Festival to ensure its success. She is an multidisciplinary artist from Massachusetts, a mother of three girls and six grown grandchildren. She loves hiking and the outdoors.
Kenyon has volunteered with the Chalk Festival since 2007 and a major sponsor for 4 years, since 2011. 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 like to do fun side projects in his spare time like creating the branding for the Chalk Festival and designing the website.
Austin KowalChair, Screen Printing
Lori EscaleraTechnical Consultant
Austin has volunteered with the Chalk Festival since 2007, co-chaired the Going Vertical for 4 years, since 2011, and a major sponsor for 6 years, since 2009. He is the founder and owner of Clothesline, a creative and printing business in Sarasota. He sponsored the 2014 Student T-Shirt Contest and provided live screen printing of 12 student designs during the festival.
The “Go to person” for technical questions of art materials, color mixing and mediums. Lori is an authority on art materials and their use for over 40 years. Lori has been a street painter since 1994 and was the initial consultant and featured artist for the inaugural Sarasota “Avenida de Colores” Chalk Festival in 2007. She participated as an artist every year since. She has been a featured artist working on Kurt Wenner's 2012 “Circus Parade” group project as well as the world record projects--2014 Guinness World Record for the Extinct and Endangered Species as well as 2015 Eat Drink and Be Merry theme.
Sarah CodranCaptain, Sustenance
Carol FeltonCaptain, Accountability Support
Pam GarlockCaptain, Merchandise
Christine HanrahanCaptain, Social Media
Annette HeaneyArtist Lodging
Hello everyone, My name is Linda Gesek and I am the Captain of the Storytellers/Docents for the 2016 Chalk Festival. I spent 34 years in a high school setting as both teacher and department supervisor. My husband of 48 years and I have two grown sons and 5 grandchildren - up north. I love to learn, to teach and to travel so the Chalk Festival addresses all of my passions! The artists amaze me, their drawings are truly incredible and I am committed to telling their stories. We truly can soar high and achieve great things - they are proof positive. Enjoy this wonderful festival and all the good things that it brings to Venice!
Manuel LopezCaptain, Pavement Music Festival
Suzanne PardoCaptain, Opening & Closing Party
Kathleen ProvostCaptain, Beverage
Sue SchwartzFarmer's Market
Sandra VecchioneCaptain, Beverage
Ziao Ping ZhangCaptain, Chinese Artists
Doug HenryCo-Captain, Accountability
Russ BullisTicket Sales
Joan LucykCaptain Artists Assistants/Runners
Russ is originally from Grand Rapids, MI, but Noblesville, IN has been his home for over 35 years. He has two children and three grandchildren.
He started coming to the Venice area in 1993 to visit friends, and purchased a condo here in 2010. Russ now spends 6 - 7 months in sunny Florida.
Russ started volunteering with the Chalk Festival in 2013 and really enjoys it.
My husband George, our two children and I moved to Wisconsin from Canada in the early 60's. We have been very involved with many volunteer activities. Youth and adult groups from Little League, Red Cross, Symphony Orchestra and Fairs often received our support. We moved to Maui in the 90’s, but after a few years we wanted to be back close to our family. Our grandson played on the USA Hockey team and I traveled to Europe to watch them bring back the gold. We are now in Venice with our three dogs enjoying the beaches and strolling downtown Venice. Kenna my Irish Wolfhound puts smiles on many faces.