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Friday, October 8, 2010

Chalk Urban Art Festival - Bring it On Parramatta

I’ve always (secretly) loved chalk art. Ever since I was really little, I always loved painting and drawing and being creative in all sorts of arts and craft. I loved it so much, that I would draw on everything – you should have seen my mum’s face when she saw all the drawings I did under the dining room table. I guess I thought I was a little Michelago.

That’s the day I was introduced to chalk art. I spent long, hot summer days with my little yellow box of chalk with the white chalk nearly down to a nub. I painted the biggest murals my street would allow; white fluffy clouds, with green landscapes and pretty flowers. My knees pink with pebble marks which didn't phase me at all. And like magic, the sprinkle of the humble garden hose or rain drops would wash away my masterpiece. Each day I could come back to my blank canvas and design my own world. The best thing was my mum loved that her furniture was safe from my etchings for at least one more day.

Seeing the Chalk Urban Art Festival over this weekend in a local newspaper took me back and had my spidey senses tingle. In a splendour of an outdoor gallery, Art comes to the people. Held in Church Street Parramatta from Thursday 7th through to Sunday 10th October, the 4 day extraganza saw an amazing 30,000 spectators pass by last year. This year's theme is a soulful tribute to blues musicians.

With over 30 artists from all over the globe, there is something for the kids and kid in all  of us. The event features a pavement chalk art competition where “Kids Take Part in Art” featuring a giant Parramatta Eel and other fun workshops. 

The CUAF competition features some great contenders fighting for a prize of $5,000 and of course, the title of Champion Pavement Artist. Last year’s winner, Bondi's Leeanne Ricci gleamed from ear to ear with her piece, "Urgent Attention: Kevin Rudd."

There is a plethora of artist that will be attending the event, including different medium international artists – Artist Bernardo Von Hessberg from Italy; Glenwood Illustrator and experienced Courtroom Sketch Artist Ala Paredes; Wallsend body painter Brendon Ussher; Wahroonga 3D animation specialist David Towey; Melbourne scenic artist and puppeteer Joe Blanck; Slovakian born artist Renata Cooper and Indian arts teacher Vishwanath Panchal just to name a few.
Event Details:
When: 7 - 10 October, 2010
Where: Church Street Parramatta. See Google Map 
Theme: The Blues
Cost: FREE

For more information and to see and vote for the artists attending Chalk Urban Art Festival 
Come back to see Festival Girl's review of the Chalk Urban Art Festival  next week.


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