Getting Ready for Chalk – Pasadena Weekendr

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Excited and grateful artists gathered at a pre-event party on Thursday to place faces with names and celebrate the return of what has been called the world’s largest street painting festival: the Pasadena Chalk Festival, which will once again festoon the Paseo Colorado with hundreds of unique works of art this weekend.

“I have to tell you, I’m really excited because we’ve made friendships over the years, and some of us have been doing that for many, many years,” chalk artist Liz Espinosa, who participates, said. at the festival almost since its from 1993.

“We have a lot of good friendships that have grown,” she added, “and we’re doing a lot of other events together, but it’s really nice to be back to where it all started.”

The Chalk Festival’s longtime chief executive, Patricia Hurley, of the Lightbringer Project, was delighted Thursday as she thanked nearly 100 chalk artists and friends who had gathered to celebrate the festival.

About 400 more chalk artists are on their way to Pasadena for the start of the festival on Saturday.

Asked what visitors can expect this weekend, Hurley said, “I think they can expect amazing art because the artists have been working in their studios throughout COVID. And they can expect some really interesting pictures from murals.

Hurley also pointed out that the event would also feature a wide range of cultures, languages ​​and styles.

“California is a very diverse place, so it’s the blending of all that diversity that really makes the event so special and truly international,” she said.

In addition to featured artists, this year’s event will also include a Bazic KidzLand where kids can experience the Chalk Festival, draw with chalk on Bazic blackboards, and create arts and crafts. Origami creations on the theme of Father’s Day will also be available.

Bazic Kidz Land also offers two original coloring pages specially designed for this event by a chalk veteran for children to color.

Not just chalk, and not just artists, and not just kids, but this year’s festival will naturally include music throughout the weekend:

Live music programming

Saturday June 18:

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Taylor Plenn (Jazz)

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Carlos Ordiano Trio (latin jazz)

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

La Guera Chakaloza Y Sus 5 Animales(Norteno)

Sunday June 19:

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rhythms of the Village Family Band(Nigerian Highlife Fusion)

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Lucas/Sky (R&B/Jazz)

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Cumbia Spaghetti (Cumbia)

“This year there are new artists, there are returning artists, and everyone is so excited because they’ve booked this weekend all year to see friends here,” Hurley explained. . “Sometimes they don’t see each other until the following year.”

And after two long years of the pandemic, the excitement and anticipation are palpable.

The Pasadena Chalk Art Festival, June 18 and 19, 2022 at The Paseo. The event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. More information on www.pasadenachalkfestival.org.



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