Artists gather in Anna Maria for first chalk festival

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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.