Park City Kimball Arts Festival is the chalk of the town
Chalk art is a popular artistic movement that started in Italy and has spread throughout Europe and in tourist towns along the coast of California.
The Utah Foster Care Foundation also hosts a chalk art festival as a fundraiser at the Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City.
With the advent of social network websites such as Facebook and Instagram, chalk art, with its eye-tricking, three-dimensional asphalt and sidewalk drawings, has grown in popularity.
The art form will make its debut this year at the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, which will be held Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5, at the parking lot on upper Main Street and Swede Alley, said Kayla Spencer, Kimball Art Center development intern. The chalk artists will be part of Sunday’s events.
"Although it is seen around the world, some people, however, still aren’t familiar with it and don’t acknowledge it as an art form," Spencer said during an interview with The Park Record. "The 11 chalk artists, who are based in Utah will do their work in the parking lot at the top of Main Street and Swede Alley. The drawing will begin at nine o’clock in the morning and continue until around five."
The participating artists are Holly Bailey, Jennette Brown, Douglas C. Defa, Mookie Harris, Amanda Johanson, Sonny Luca, Whitney Lunt, Chris Panerelli, Nicholas Tucker, Clayton Tycksen and Tonya Youngberg.
"They all range in experience," Spencer said. "We have some students heading into college and we have others who have established themselves in their profession for some time."
Some of these artists haven’t worked with chalk before.
"So, the medium is new to them and I thought that would be interesting," Spencer said.
Each artist is allowed a 10-foot-by-10-foot area of the asphalt and the works must be recreations of the modern master of their choice.
"We decided to have them choose to draw a work from artists who lived between the 1850s until the present," Spencer said. "So, we will have chalk renditions of works by Dali, Kush, Magritte, Klimt and Duchamp, to name a few."
The idea for including a chalk art display emerged when KAC development director Katie Snyder attended the Utah Foster Care Foundation’s event last year.
"Katie thought it would be a good idea to include some chalk art as part of our festival," said Spencer, an art-school graduate from the University of Oregon. "So, a week after I started as an intern, I was given the assignment to organize the event."
Spencer recruited the artists by talking to Utah Foster Care Foundation director Deborah Lindner.
"She referred me to a lot of the contacts, and I also talked with people at the KAC, whose friends are artists and they gave me some names of people who they thought would be interested in participating," Spencer said. "Everyone I talked with seemed interested in being a part of it."
Before she started coordinating the project, Spencer knew very little about chalk art, and one of the things Spencer learned was the art is not done with ordinary sidewalk chalk.
"We had to order a certain type of chalk for the artists," she said. "It had to have a high clay concentrate, which is important for sticking to blacktop and concrete."
The Park City Kimball Art Festival will run Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5, on Main Street. Friday’s hours are 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday’s hours are from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday’s hours are from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for an adult weekend pass ad $5 for a child’s weekend pass. Summit County residents and children younger than five will be admitted free. For more information, visit http://www.parkcitykimballartsfestival.org.
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