Seize the Season at Redmond Town Center

PNW CHALK FESTIVAL & SIDEWALK SALE ~ August 19-20, 2017

WHERE:
Redmond Town Center
164th Avenue NE & NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052

WHEN:
Saturday, August 19: 10am - 6pm
Sunday, August 20: 10am - 6pm

FREE PARKING:
Redmond Town Center boasts two covered parking garages and several open-air parking lots - all free of charge.
Covered Parking Lot Entrances: NE 76th Street and NE 73rd Way

The first Pacific NW Chalk Fest welcomes internationally recognized chalk art form to the Puget Sound region this August. This family-friendly event will feature 14 internationally, nationally and regionally renowned chalk artists for a showcase as they transform Redmond Town Center into pastel masterpieces August 19 & 20. As you peruse street murals, enjoy the annual merchant Sidewalk Sale, sips and bites from RTC merchants, kids activities, and live music all weekend!


THE HISTORY OF CHALK ART FESTIVALS 

Chalk art events have become major draws for tourism in Victoria, BC; San Jose and Pasadena, CA; Denver; Sarasota, FL; and Marietta, GA to name a few in North America. With origins in the streets of Italy, chalk art has attracted and inspired master artists, amateur artists and spectators from around the world.

It all started with Madonna - the original Madonna - and the 16th Century Italian artists who paid tribute to her with chalk and pastel artwork drawn directly on the street. Madonnari, as the artists came to be called, made a living traveling from town to town and collecting coins from people who admired their work. It was the visual arts equivalent of busking, and the tradition continued until World War II, when, for obvious reasons, it became impractical to sit in the middle of a street and create art. After the war, the art of the Madonnari languished, but before it could die out completely, a group in the city of Curtatone, Italy, decided to revive it. The first I Madonnari festival in Curtatone, in the province of Mantova (Mantua), was held in 1973, with some of the prewar Madonnari among the participating artists.

This was the catalyst for a new generation of "street painters" who travel from city to city, and festival to festival, creating chalk artwork that hardly lasts longer than the handful of days required to make them.

Featured artists for this year’s event include:
Remko van Schaik from the Netherlands  http://www.remkovanschaik.com
Ever Galvez from California  http://www.evergalvez.com
Raizah Roushan from Oregon  http://www.raziahroushan.com
Ian Morris  from Victoria, BC  https://www.facebook.com/profile.phpid=100009331591435
Gabrielle Abbott from Seattle  https://www.gabrielleabbott.com/work/#/madonnara/
Sharyn Chan from California  http://www.sharynchanart.com/chalk/
Wayne & Cheryl Renshaw from California  http://www.wr-architect.com/imad/index.html
Maggie Johnson from Seattle  www.chalktreatment.com
Naomi Haverland from Colorado  http://naomihaverland.com
Liliana Mai from California  http://lmai87.wixsite.com/lilianamai/street-painting
Mary Coss from Seattle  http://www.marycoss.com

ACCOMODATIONS:
Making a weekend out of it? Stay within walking distance of the event at the following hotels:

Seattle Marriott Redmond
7401 164th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052
+1 (425) 498-4000
Last day to book: 6/23/17
Book your group rate for Redmond Arts Festival

Hyatt House Seattle/Redmond
15785 Bear Creek Parkway NE, Redmond WA 98052
+1 (425) 497-2000
www.hyatt.com

Co-Produced by Redmond Town Center and Modern Enterprises

Sponsors for the event include the City of Redmond, its promotion tourism program, Redmond Town Center, The Redmond Hotel Association, 4Culture and other private and county funding organizations that will make this event unique. The event is being produced by Modern Enterprises of Seattle.

Note to Editors: Chalk artists are available for phone interviews prior to the event or during set-up and initial preparation on site August 18. Contact Terry Morgan at 206-417-0777.
Chalk Fest video available at: https://vimeo.com/user41024058/pnwchalkfest4k