Mark Wagner will be create an event at this years festival “The Journey Home”  Ceremonial Chalk Drawing for Veterans and the Global Village. In the old days the village created a sacred time and space to welcome the warriors back from an unknowable experience of war to being an integrated part of the society. These days everyone is affected by war, the returning Veterans and the community both need ceremonies and rituals that help integrate the soul’s wound on both sides, and to welcome and thank the warriors back from their long journey home. Mark Wagner and Drawing on Earth along with Veteran Artists and community members will be creating a featured chalk drawing at the Sarasota Florida Chalk Festival Nov. 16 - 17.  The ceremonial chalk drawing will culminate in an evening ritual where everyone is invited to participate, to welcome the soldiers home, to acknowledge the communities support to help integrate the whole experience. We do this to support and inspire the Veterans to help create long-term health and leading soulful lives. Mark is a digital and traditional artist and teacher.  He has worked as a Concept Artist in the film and game industry, creating art through Pixar for the Disney feature film -John Carter, and for fantasy and sci-fi films including Terminator 3 and Hallmark Entertainment's DreamKeeper.  He has also worked as Art Director, Production Designer, Creative Consultant, and Matte Painter. With a Masters Degree in “Arts and Consciousness,” Wagner specializes in visionary art, and has an in-depth understanding in the psychology of visual arts, symbolism, mythology, shamanism, and storytelling. Recent clients include the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History. Wagner is an internationally known street painter / chalk drawing artist. He created the nonprofit Drawing on Earth, which inspires art and creativity in youth and communities around the world. Their first event set a Guinness World Record for the largest pavement art in the world. Recent clients include Genentech, SpaceX, and CBS Interactive. Lectures at the University of San Francisco (LAZER) and Stanford University. More recently Wagner has worked as a scenic painter and designer at DaVinci Fusion, an events production company in Northern CA. Recent clients: San Francisco Academy of Science and the Concours dElegance Auto show.

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