Annual Sounds & Sights Festival Chalk Art Event Expands Thanks To Grant Funding From MCACA And The Arts Alliance





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Award-winning artist Gloria Ing from Southern California took home the Pasadena Chalk Festival award for “Bet Technique” for her piece “Consider the Lillies” in 2017

From Bridget Favre

Chelsea Area Festivals & Events (CAFE) has been awarded a grant of $2,320 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the Arts Alliance.
The mini grant allows CAFE to expand the annual Sounds & Sights Festival Chalk Art into a two day event featuring 15 world-renowned “Street Artists”.  The event will take place July 26 and 27, 2018 on East and West Middle Streets in downtown Chelsea.

“Engaging in the arts, as either an artist or spectator, fosters community engagement. Art and artists aren’t only in museums, galleries or concert halls, they are all around us,” said event coordinator Denise Cugliari.

“When you pick up a piece of chalk, you feel an urge to make your mark. We hope that as spectators experience this exciting artistic medium first-hand, they will be inspired to draw with us.”

Honduras’ native, Lester Mendoza, has participated in many art exhibitions and has won numerous awards throughout Honduras and the US.

Two of the featured professional artists, Shelley and Dave Brenner, discovered chalk painting through the Sounds & Sights Chalk Art competition five years ago. Since that time they have participated in a variety of chalk events throughout the United States and were recently featured artists at the 2018 Dubai Canvas .

Featured artists also include award winning Gloria Ing from Southern California.  In 2017, Ing took home the Pasadena Chalk Festival award for “Best Technique” for her piece “Consider the Lillies” in 2017.

Another is Honduras’ native, Lester Mendoza, who studied with the Florida Painters Apprenticeship Program before becoming a professional painter muralist.  Mendoza has participated in many art exhibitions and has won numerous awards throughout Honduras and the US.

This community event is free for all visitors to view and interact with the Artists as they work.   For a complete list of artists, and examples of their work, visit https://chelseafestivals.com/festival/chalk-art/featured-artists/.

On Saturday, individuals and groups can also be contest participants in the 7th Annual Sounds & Sights Festival Chalk Art Contest, with prizes of up to $325 dollars. Artist and contest registration information can be found at www.chelseafestivals.com/chalk-art.

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. Local support of the project includes Rick Taylor – Reinhart Real Estate, City of Chelsea DDA, Chelsea State Bank, “Jiffy” Mixes, Healthy Smiles Dental Group of Chelsea, The Common Grill, Devil’s Haircut, Comfort Inn of Chelsea, Destination Ann Arbor, Eternity Arts, H&R Block of Chelsea, Dexter & Stockbridge, RedLine Athletics of Dexter, Howard Hannah G.U. Crew, and Walkie Chalk. The Sounds & Sights Festival also benefits from significant volunteer support from the community.

The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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