Volume One magazine: Massive chalk art festival set for Aug. 6 in Eau Claire

SATURDAY: Massive Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, includes artists from Chicago, Mpls, Superior, and Western WI

WHAT: Chalkfest 2011 – an art festival featuring professional and amateur artists doing large-scale chalk artwork on sidewalks

WHEN: Saturday, August 6 – Public Hours: 11am-7pm

WHERE: Wilson Park, downtown Eau Claire, WI (between Barstow and Farwell Streets)

WHO: Anyone may attend FREE. Artists are encouraged to pre-register, though some spaces will be available the day of the event.

DETAILS: VolumeOne.org/chalkfest

EAU CLAIRE, WI – More than 75 artists have pre-registered for Chalkfest 2011, taking place this Saturday, August 6 in downtown Eau Claire’s Wilson Park. Imagine a small park overtaken by a day-long firestorm of creativity and positive community energy culminating in yards and yards of sidewalk space displaying jaw-dropping chalk artwork. That’s Chalkfest. This fourth annual event will take place in beautiful Wilson Park, between Farwell and Barstow Streets. Many artists from Western Wisconsin will take place as usual, but some artists are coming from as far as Minneapolis, Chicago, Superior, Baraboo, and more. This park has two large sidewalks running through it (and sidewalks around the perimeter), where artists from throughout the area will create elaborate, large-scale chalk artwork (see attached images from previous years for an idea). There will be food vendors, music, chalk-related games (including Pictionary tournaments open to the public, artist duels, etc) and much more. There will also be an area for kids to do sidewalk chalk. Throughout the day, artists will create their work as thousands of visitors watch their drawings come to life. Selected artists will win cash prizes. The event vibe will be a mix of urban artistry and family-friendly fun. It takes place in conjunction with Summerfest in downtown Eau Claire.

PHOTOS AVAILABLE: High resolution images are available for publication purposes, contact us for a variety of options.

ARTIST CONTACT INFO AVAILABLE: We can connect media with artists who will be a part of the event and have in the past.

ABOUT VOLUME ONE: Volume One magazine is the fast-growing culture and entertainment publication and website of the Chippewa Valley. They print 13,000 copies every two weeks and distribute them FREE at more than 300 locations in Eau Claire, Menomonie, and Chippewa Falls. Publishing since 2002, Volume One has an enthusiastic and engaged readership, and has always been focused on bringing interesting local culture forward in the Chippewa Valley. Their events are outside-the-box concepts that consistently bring out hundreds of people hungry for something new.