The Chalk Festival completed a revised version of its events Oct. 28-31, 2022. The Festival was entirely recreated in one week by Creative Director Denise Kowal after the original event location was canceled due to Hurricane Ian damage two weeks prior to opening. With no place to perform in Venice and constrains in permitting in one week Kowal sought out private property for the artists and they worked along S. Orange Avenue in downtown Sarasota. Without permissions to paint directly on pavement she switched the event to canvases. Sunday the illusion pavement art was ready for patrons to interact and a Chalk Art contest covered store windows and ground around the intersection of S. Pineapple Ave. & S. Orange Ave. in Burns Square. Monday the illusions moved to The Ringling (John and Mable Ringing Museum of Art) for a one day exhibition.
The Chalk Festival 'Avenue of Art'' is taking place NOW in historic Burns Square, downtown Sarasota along the 500 block of South Pineapple and Orange Avenues. Phase I has over 100 hand-painted images celebrating Sarasota County Centennial, 1921 - 2021. Once completed, QR codes will be affixed to the corner of the artwork and tell the history of the image and about the artist that painted it. Come stroll the avenue!
The Chalk Festival an entirely 501c3 volunteer organization that is made up of volunteers, artists, sponsors and visitors who together create the "WOW" everyone has come to LOVE. We are a chalk family that works hard to brings together, each year, the largest gathering of renown pavement artists from around the world, while also presenting the largest number of interactive 3D illusions.
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