2015 Chalk Walk Celebrates St. Augustine’s 450 years
From the StAR Council
St. Augustine, FL â€“ The St. Augustine Chalk Walk-Paseo Pastel is a free annual event that takes place this weekend (May 1-3) on the sidewalks located in the covered section between the Parking Garage and the Visitors Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine.
Over 60 artists will create a gallery of heritage art. The theme of this yearâ€™s event is â€œHappy Birthday St. Augustineâ€ to honor our cityâ€™s founding. The available 60 spaces include sections for childrenâ€™s art for all ages.
A Pre-Event Party for participants and the public will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 1 at the Colonial Quarter, sponsored by Paradise Title of St. Augustine.
Chalking will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Peopleâ€™s Choice Awards and cash prizes for the best themed art creations are planned for 6 pm.
The art viewing or promenade is on Sunday, May 3, when visitors can enjoy the artistic creations.
The StAR Council is sponsoring featured artists, Carolyn Schultz and Lee Jones, for the event.
The European art form of street painting dates back to the 1500s. Street painting in the United States became popular in the 1980s and continues to expand, with events held today in many cities.
Chalk art is a performing process where the viewing public has an opportunity to watch the magical creation of the art work come to life. Some more advanced creations may be three dimensional.
The event will have fun activities for all as guests wander through the artists at work. Face painting for kids by Shauna will be on site. Commemorative shirts and posters are available along with discounts to area restaurants identified in the program. Prizes will be awarded Saturday after 6 p.m. May 2.
The finished chalk works will be available for viewing all day on Sunday, May 3, and viewing is free to the public through Tuesday. Go to www.staugustinechalkwalk.com for more details.
Funding in part is received from the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. The premier sponsor this year is VyStar Credit Union, complemented by Paradise Title as the Pre-Event Party sponsor.
The future Chalk Artist Area has a new sponsor, Crayola, who donated 500 boxes of chalk for the event. Tent sponsors include REMAX Unlimited and Discover Vacations.
Sponsors for the Chalking Workshop held on March 28 at Limelight Theatre were Gaye Jones of Heritage Bank Mortgage and Lydia Keohane of Florida Home Realty & Mortgage.
Other sponsors include Herbie Wiles Insurance, RMG Mortgage Group, Ancient City Accounting, Old Town Title, Landmark Title; Double Tree by Hilton St. Augustine Historic District and Chase Sawgrass Village.
The sixty chalking squares are individually sponsored by local businesses with their own or assigned designated artists. Leading up to the event, Epic Theatre, dHd Home and Vilano Beach Main Street hosted some â€œimpromptuâ€ chalking demonstrations.
The St. Augustine Regional Council (StAR) is dedicated to improving our area and promoting it to individuals outside of the region. The organization hosts the annual St. Augustine Chalk Walk, now in its third year and also supports Home Again St. Johns in their Dining with Dignity Program. Each fall StAR Council hosts a Bratini event at Serenata Beach Club, with proceeds going to aid cancer victims.