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Chicago Chalk Art Festival, A Temporary Art Installation In Edgewater!

Basic RGBSome art is not meant to last. Temporary art is purposefully created to melt, to disintegrate, to be washed away by the rain or blown away with the wind, and is nevertheless beautiful. Perhaps its ephemeral element is what makes temporary art precious and inspiring. And what better example of temporary art than colored chalk momentarily decorating the streets of Edgewater!

The Great Chicago Chalk Art Festival returns.   Organized by Ally Brisbin and Rich Gorman, it will take place on Saturday, July 19.  Artists, kids, adults, families, people, dogs, cats and perhaps extra terrestrials, will come together to use the neighborhood sidewalks as their canvas. The concrete backdrop will be “an opportunity for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to join together to transform something that is just a normal everyday object, a sidewalk, into a beautiful display of unity and diversity,” says Ally Brisbin.

chalkArtThe festival contributes to a good cause. Swift Elementary School will be the recipient of all proceeds to bolster their fine arts programs and to renovate the auditorium. The event is sponsored by Friends of Swift, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Alderman Harry Osterman’s office, the Community Christian Church and your friends right here at EdgevilleBuzz.com/theUptownBuzz.com.

Awesome and amazing prizes will be awarded to the best in these categories: Kids; Teens; Realism; Celebrate Chicago/Cityscapes; Surrealism; and Good Vibes. As an individual work of art or one created with your family and friends, you can purchase one or more sizes of “concrete canvas”:  5×5: $15;  5×10: $20;  10×10: $30

To purchase your canvas go to chicagochalkfest.bpt.me and see the Facebook updates on “The Great Chicago Chalk Art Festival” page. People from all walks of life are invited to come together, create, and share their art with the world. “Every day is what we make of it.  By creating art on a sidewalk we, as a community, are choosing to make something amazing out of the mundane,” say Bisbin and Gorman.  Registration will be at the Edgewater Library, at 1200 W. Elmdale and the event will go from 9:00 a.m. until noon. According to Gorman, “Neighbors from all over Chicago will join together and use Edgewater’s sidewalks to create something incredible.”  Don’t miss out on this special neighborhood event!

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