Massive sidewalk chalk art festival set for Aug. 6 in Eau Claire
EAU CLAIRE — Registration is now open for artists of all ages and abilities for Chalkfest 2011.
Chalkfest is an art festival featuring professional and amateur artists doing large-scale chalk artwork on sidewalks. Anyone may attend for free, but participating artists must pre-register.
The annual event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., in Wilson Park, downtown Eau Claire (between Barstow and Farwell streets). Artists may sign up at VolumeOne.org/chalkfest.
In 2010, more than 90 artists from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois participated. Imagine a small park overtaken by a day-long firestorm of creativity and positive community energy culminating in yards and yards of sidewalk space displaying jaw-dropping chalk artwork. That's Chalkfest.
The venue for Chalkfest, Wilson Park, has two large sidewalks running through it (and sidewalks around the perimeter), where artists from throughout the area will create elaborate, large-scale chalk artwork. There will be food vendors, music, chalk-related games (including Pictionary tournaments, artist duels, etc.) and much more. There will also be an area for kids to do sidewalk chalk.
Throughout the day, artists will create their work as thousands of visitors watch the drawings come to life.
Selected artists will win cash prizes.
Chalkfest takes place in conjunction with Summerfest in downtown Eau Claire.