It was a true collaborative mural. Most of the community collaborative murals I see have an image ahead of time and the community comes and paints by numbers. This is unique because it basically was stay in your block, and your block becomes a part of the bigger picture.
My love has always been body painting. I have traveled the world to celebrate this love. The people I meet during the body painting events become my instant family.
In the interest of showcasing the talents of artist from around the world, we created other opportunities to feature their work.
I went back to school after I was an established artist to get credentials. When God gives you raw talent and you start to see more that can be associated with that talent, we must do as much as we can with that talent.
All the pieces in the exhibit were handpicked. I did studio visits. I had long conversations with the artists to make sure that I am representing them the way that they want to be represented. I want to show as much of the evolution of their work as possible.
This wall is rich in history and can cause us to be exposed to much of the history and culture that we might not know existed.
I loved this! The art balancing in the trees, above ground, all over the park, etc. seemed to flow with the wind.
I love this event! I agree with Thom Glick. The addition of the 8’ chalk cubes “pulls people into the event.”
I am from Pakistan. In Pakistan, I have been painting cars/trucks since I was seven (for 30 years).
I have several themes; the front is my love of hockey. I did music in the back because one of my sons is into music, I like the beach; so, on the doors, I have the beach, then I randomly put freaky things on.
I love this event! The artists interact with the attendees. Not only do we get to witness great art being created, but we get to connect with the artists. And its FREE!
We don’t plan anything ahead of time. We all came in with sketches. How everything works together happens the day of.
We are painting a little girl playing hop scotch. This girl is looking up to the sky moving forward one number at a time. She is not afraid and she is confident.
This piece is about the hope of the future in a cool kid that is a teen ager now. She is going to have to save the world because everyone else is too old to do it.
This piece is based on my heritage as a Navaho woman. I am showing different blankets that people wear or create.
Since I have year round allergies, I feel stuffy and my nose is running most of the time. My goal is to capture the aspect of being stuffy.
Fellowship around the arts has the ability to bring us together by starting a conversation (if we make the effort).
Today, I am doing John Lennon. I am named after Paul McCartney. I figure I would do John Lennon since it is the peace train.
I am part of the Chalk Guild. They told me about Summer Jam West and that is why my family is participating.
I love it! People come up and talk to you that never would. You can be parked somewhere random and people come over. It makes people happy.
The theme is the garden of good and evil. I have three art cars. This is my medium.
The picture doesn’t do the process justice. The part of me that rode skateboards, loves musical instruments, etc. wanted to stay a little longer and admire the work.
I am adventurous and I am not afraid to make ugly. I taught myself a lot, because I don’t’ have fear. Fear is the biggest enemy of being creative.
I didn’t see a particular style that I wanted to copy. I wanted to have my own unique approach to it. I bought some books and materials, and learned how to do it on my own.
I create all of these pieces from my head. I don’t have a set imagery in mind. They are all stylized landscapes.
If it is square I made it. If it is round he made it.
I like to use exotic hard woods that I buy from all over the world to make things people can appreciate and use every day.
I work in a lot of layers to develop my bold colors. Thematically, I am focused on pride, diversity, and love.
I grew up on a farm. I got into sculpting to become a better welder. I found out that I have a passion for it.
My inspiration is animals, people, places, and things. All the nouns.
I draw what I feel and what I think. I tell the world what I am about with my drawings.
I don’t restrict myself to traditional photography. I think of myself like a photographer that paints.
My goal is for you to look at the painting and sort of hear the music and feel the rhythm and vibe.
Follow what you love doing. Find your own style. Be true to yourself.
The goal is to create a three dimensional perspective in a two dimensional space to put a smile on your face and engage you with color.
This years highlight for me was the Big local Arts Village. That was the location to see a local band performing live and to view the hands on demonstrations.
I do graphite pencil drawings. They are photo realistic.
I play with fire and I hit stuff with a hammer.
I want people to learn. This is a dying art form. Not many people are doing this anymore.
I have a 10 year rule. It takes me 4 years to get it right. Then, I do it for another 4 years, and then I’m sick of it. Then, I move onto something else. I have not ran out of decades yet.
I thought that it was an amazing thing that I could make an all wood drum. I ran with it. I stumbled upon some different ideas that weren’t out there like changing the drums a little bit that made them dynamic in another way.
The one eye is about introspection. It is about closing your eye to physical distractions of life and getting to know your true self outside of this vessel, outside of your body, race, sex, social standing and how much money you make.
I do like to paint women. I can get nice whimsical with their hair and their clothes. I could do men. I just find them a little boring.
Tokyo is my favorite city in the world. I have been twice. In middle America, being able to celebrate eastern culture in this way is amazing. Having a little bit of Japan to come to me in this way is exciting.
We have been bringing this to Columbus for the last 25 years and as you can see, everyone is enjoying it.
It means push yourself to that limit, then go over that limit. We always want to challenge ourselves.
It is alcohol ink on yupo paper. Yupo paper is kind of like a polypropylene sort of like a plastic. You can get the ink in all different pigments like hues. You mix the ink with rubbing alcohol and put it on this paper.
The event had a friendly vibe. There were so many locations (about 30) where artists were creating art and displaying art. Although well attended the event didn’t seem overly crowded.
There is a lot to do at the Arnold Sports Festival that is free (on the cheap). I didn’t scratch the surface of what was offered. I felt like there was so much to do with so little time. It is easy to get overwhelmed with all that is offered.
I think it is important to do what you love to do for a living. There are not enough people in the art field that show other young artist that they can do this.
I LOVE watching artists create.
The artists of the Harlem Renaissance pushed past the negative things to capture the positive productive aspects of life. They set the foundation for many of the artists today. The arts seemed to connect, the music, the paintings, the books, the sculptures, and dancing.
It’s the picture where there is a woman in a red dress dancing in a juke joint where all these guys are watching her as she is dancing by herself. That was based off the work of an artist named Keb-mo. He is a delta blues singer. The song is called “She Just Loves to Dance”. The painting came to be as I listened to that song repeatedly.
This is one of Ron Anderson’s students. Her look determined a lot. Through her eyes you can read the soul of this world. Who am I? I love being a black woman.
“Man, with flute” is a bronze piece originally carved in stone. I broke the piece because I didn’t want to do a limited edition. I just wanted one piece in bronze.
I really must pay homage to those who came before me. That is the reason I was excited to participate in this event today. It is a way to honor all those writers and poets in the Harlem Renaissance.
Why chalk art?
Because it’s fun. It’s pretty. It is something that you must capture in the moment. You must see it in person.
It is 50 plus artists. They each get either an 8 by 4 or a 4 by 4 panel. It is a free for all. You do whatever you want in the two days allotted.
My work is about the transformation of imagery. I am curious as to what more can there be in an image.
We are coordinating with Third Way Café and Clay Street Ceramics. Our whole block is “Westgate Business Works.” We are trying to bring small business back to the hilltop area and the Westgate neighborhood.