The 21st Annual Chalk Festival a Colorful Family Event
They’re painting the town – or rather the sidewalks – at Paseo Colorado (280 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101) at the annual Chalk Festival. This artform, which might be thought of as child’s play by some, is celebrating its 21st anniversary in Pasadena on June 15 and 16 and showcasing the sophistication of these pavement painters.
Recipient of the 2010 Guinness World Record as the largest public art event of its kind, the annual festival is free of charge and attracts tens of thousands of spectators. Brought to the public by the Light Bringer Project – those zany folks who bring us the Doo Dah Parade – the festival raises funds for other art projects through artists’ entry fees and an auction of foot-square canvasses created by the participating chalk artists.
Last year, approximately 600 artists – working solo and in teams – embellished the walkways with murals. Artworks filled the concrete areas throughout the shopping center that stretches more than three city blocks. Subjects ranged from famous paintings to comic heroes to celebrities, including Albert Einstein, portrayed in last year’s Best of Festival – First Place winner by Moe Notsu.
The Pasadena Chalk Festival runs both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. To see the progress of the artwork, a fun idea is to go mid-day on Saturday, then return near the end of the day on Sunday. You will see hundreds of artists of all ages and backgrounds, on their hands and knees, filling 8-foot squares of concrete with amazing pieces of art.
In addition to the eye-popping opportunity to watch the murals develop and see how the artists work, there will be live music throughout the weekend. This is a fun family event. Children can put the inspiration of the event to work in the Kids’ Chalkland. There will also be a Pasadena Police Classic Car Show on Sunday from 10a.m. to 3p.m., featuring classic and fun cars as well as the Pasadena Police helicopter.
Participating artists recognize the outstanding murals of the festival from amongst their peers at the conclusion of the event, awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place, Best of Show, Best Technique, Best Use of Color, and Best Artist-Original Design. Festival visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for the Paseo Colorado People’s Choice award.
Light Bringer Project is a non-profit Pasadena arts organization that produces visual, performing and literary arts programs that highlight creative voices from all sectors of the community. They love to involve the community in the arts. Their projects focus on public education, AIDS awareness, the environment, homelessness, economic revitalization, sexual abuse and domestic violence, and other critical areas.
So, come out to the Pasadena Chalk Festival, see interesting works of art, enjoy live music, and support good causes.
Directions: Walk south from the Gold Line Memorial Park Station to Colorado Blvd., then walk east to Paseo Colorado.
See the map below for details.
The 21 Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, 2013
Colorado Blvd. between South Marengo Ave. and North Euclid Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
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