Street Art Bonanza


LOCATION: Venice, FL

DATE: 11/16/2014

Sarasota Chalk Festival


My first visit to the Sarasota Chalk Festival in 2012 ended with me in angry tears and with a less than adequate appreciation for the art being sketched and drawn beneath my feet. I won’t go into details, as it is not the point of this post. I am merely using it as a contrast to how today felt: sunny, cheerful, bustling, and bright. Amazing how one’s company can shape her outlook for an entire day – this year, I went with my mom.

I traversed up to the Sarasota Chalk Festival – this year moved just south to Venice – on Sunday morning to gaze upon a most stunning landscape of chalk strokes forming the images of this year’s theme: Endangered and Extinct Species’. I can’t even begin to describe the talent of these artists, some of whom are local and others who jumped on a transoceanic flight from places as Germany and Russia to exhibit their interpretations. So, I will offer few words, and instead let my experience speak to you via the photos I took with my Canon T3 DSLR.

This was the highlight of the show, located at Venice Municipal Airport: a 3D piece, nearly a quarter mile around, which might just end up a Guinness World Record (I believe for largest 3D chalk drawing, or street drawing? I’m not entirely positive.)

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Below is the drawing’s blueprint

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Miami Ave. transformed into a multi-hued canvas for this event. You can almost argue that it became a jungle.

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At work:

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Final result:

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Aside from the shark, the one below evoked the most vivid emotional response from me – I couldn’t wrench my eyes from it for at least two minutes. A masterpiece in color, execution, and impact. I adore it.

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After exhausting one path on the sidewalk, we broke for lunch at a cozy cafe called Island Organics Smoothie and Juice Bar. I ordered an “Immunity Booster” juice with apple, orange, carrot, and celery, alongside a quinoa veggie wrap and kettle chips. Highly recommend this joint if you’re on the island – check out their website!

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With our bellies full and our feet rested up, we scooted down the last walk of Miami Ave.

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The third stretch of the Festival was primarily devoted to 3D artistry, and took place at the Venice Community Center.

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The part of the quote, cut off by the artist’s ladder, reads “extract its sweetness.”
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I took a far greater quantity of photos than is displayed here, so be on the lookout for a proper gallery with a much larger selection. These were my favorites of the day, and I figured to share them with all of you.

Upon returning home, I gorged myself with vegan chocolate chip freezer fudge, and am probably looking at a night of Lord of the Rings documentaries and nonfiction final revision. I hope all of you experienced, and are experiencing, a relaxing Sunday filled with coffee and colorful musings.


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