Sweet Chalk Festival
Summer 2016 Challenge: Day 6
This weekend was the 4th Sweet Chalk Festival in downtown Lockport. It is held near the Erie Canal, and attracts chalk artists from as far as Los Angeles, Florida, St. Louis and New York City. It was a gorgeous day to just get out and take a walk in the sunshine and see the artists working on their beautiful but temporary pieces of art.
This was a 2 day festival, so there were chalk paintings in various stages from fully completed, to getting there. They blow my mind with the detail and the creativity. This year there were a lot of replicas of famous works of art. Some of them I wasn’t able to get photos of but there was one of Starry Night by Van Gogh, a Edgar Degas painting of a ballerina, Monet, and this one, by Edward Hopper is called “Nighthawks”.
We of course got excited to see popular characters like Finding Dory and Nemo and got a laugh at the “Finding Lockport” one. These were probably Shawn’s favorite ones.
This year’s festival attracted 50 artists and has grown considerably since it’s beginning 4 years ago. The time and effort that goes into each creation is amazing and knowing that the first rainfall will likely wash away most of it makes you appreciate it more.
It is truly amazing that they can get such a 3D look to their creations and definitely blows my simple chalk drawings out of the water. Who knows, maybe some year I will attempt a large scale chalk drawing in our driveway.
This one has to be one of my favorites because of the irregular shape of the piece but I also really like the composition of it.
The style and subject of the artwork varied as we walked through the entire festival and each one just seemed to outdo the next one. They even had a section for the kids (and adults too!) to play around with the chalk and make their own drawings. I think I could have sat there for hours drawing but I am doubtful that they would have even compared to these!