Last weekend, many chalk artists got down and arty in Belltown, Seattle, for the 2018 Belltown Chalk Art Festival.
This exhibition of professional artists busted out some fancy big and small chalk sticks of many color, to create murals for two days directly on the Bell street pavement. Add music, open areas for folk of all ages can join in, and voting participation…and we got a cool little free show open for the public.
I meanwhile, caught a bit of this on Saturday, on the way to a little lunch date. I saw early stages of work, piquing my curiosity for the finished work. The came back on Sunday, to see some awesome progression.
And, there was something special to these chalk artists, to see their dedication in action, with every stroke and brushing there for all to see in each step. To witness each piece in development on this grand scale, is a special show to behold.
And, I also talked with a new friend among the chalk artists, Raziah Roushan. Here, Raziah posed with her latest work in Belltown, inspired by a photograph she came across.
Since 2004, Raziah produced many grand sidewalk works in many US states. She holds much lot of passion for her work, often experimenting with different styles, making each large artwork noteworthy and memorable. She took some time out to share with me her artwork through the years, and give a little insight on the life of a chalk artist. Check out her work at raziahroushan.com
Meanwhile, other artists delivered high impressions with their chalk murals. Many of them were not quite finished during the noontime. But, I took some shots and noted some of the artwork, now featured below with links…
.Gabrielle Abbot (www.gabrielleabbott.com and @GabrielleAbbot on instagram)
Lori Antoinette (www.lantart.com and @ishyla on Instagram)
And there set much more amazing chalked works of art, of which I was either too early, or missed on getting some linked info. Meanwhile, more chalk art festivals are happening around the world, with one maybe near you. Keep a look out for one, than see for yourself a chalk artist in action.
– Orion T