Artists gather in Anna Maria for first chalk festival

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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 12:27 pm | Updated: 11:33 am, Fri Feb 21, 2014.

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. - The community of Anna Maria came together this weekend for the first ever Anna Maria Chalk Festival.

The 2-day festival's theme was “Historic Anna Maria, from pirates to the present."

Local artists and street painters from as far as California filled Pine Avenue with oversized artwork reflecting the pirate theme.

The community was also encouraged to get involved, as local students and young children created their own chalk creations.

"I like to reproduce academic works, so this is a work by John Waterhouse called “The Mermaid”, and it fit in very appropriately," said artist Lori Escalera.

"It's amazing. I think some of these pictures I've seen before in like books and stuff, and they're totally recreating them, like exactly," said Sam Cotter.

The chalk festival is another addition to the many green initiatives implemented on Pine Avenue, as the artists used sustainable, non-toxic pastels to create their art.

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2 comments:

  • T Far posted at 10:10 pm on Mon, Jan 20, 2014.

    T Far Posts: 2

    Please, I need a LINK to the full story aired Sunday night Jan 19 , 2014 .. In the story a Peter Kilmartin was interviewed... 'Called a Sarasota resident'... Please contact me asap.. thank you!

     
  • Sarasota Vet posted at 1:48 pm on Mon, Jan 20, 2014.

    Sarasota Vet Posts: 14

    Nice afternoon watching the chalk artists, the only problem was that the people running the festival were constantly telling the young musicians who were playing to turn their music down. Listening to low rock and roll is stupid[sad]

     

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