VENICE, FL – Join the excitement as we celebrate the opening of the Seventh Annual Sarasota Chalk Festival at the Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave. S, with A Faux Feathers, Fins and Fur Affair, on Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Be among the first to welcome the 2014 artists while celebrating the rich artistic spirit of pavement art.
A Faux Feathers, Fins and Fur Affair kicks off the seventh season of the Sarasota Chalk Festival and its inauguration on the Island of Venice. Originating as an initiative to promote a Sarasota neighborhood, this week long, community-based festival has grown into the single most important contemporary pavement art venue in the world. Connecting thousands with street art and artists each year.
This Gala event provides the perfect opportunity to get to know the artists, who come from over 28 diverse countries. “For many of the artists, this festival marks their first trip to the United States. Being afforded the opportunity to meet them at A Faux Feathers, Fins and Fur Affair, before they start performing, deepens the experience for both the artist and participant, making the festival richer and more personal for the community,” states Denise Kowal, festival founder, “Particularly because so many of our artists, participants and volunteers have taken personal ownership, working tirelessly to ensure the festival’s success.”
We are especially grateful to have celebrity artist Mythica, who was featured on the premier of SKIN WARS and several professional painters available for a limited number of appointments. Gala-goers can support our theme by becoming human canvases. Don’t miss your opportunity to have your face and body (arms and legs only) painted as an ‘Extinct or Endangered Species’. The cost of body painting will range from $25 to $100 depending on the complexity of the artwork and particular artist. To reserve your slot with Mythica or any of the available artists please click HERE.
For federal income tax purposes, you can deduct as a charitable contribution the price of this ticket less its fair market value. We estimate the fair market value of the ticket price to be worth $15, so your charitable contribution for a $25 ticket is $10.
The Sarasota Chalk Festival has relocated to Venice, Florida after six successful seasons in the City of Sarasota. Scheduled for November 10-17, 2014, the festival became the first international street painting festival in the USA in 2010 and remains the only one to date. It is a local community-based cultural event that welcomes, once a year, the global community of the most renown pavement artists from around the world to participate, creating artwork to support a chosen theme. It is known to host the most innovations and world-debuts of the art form than any other event worldwide that included Edgar Muller’s day/night painting ‘Save Me’, Kurt Wenner’s ‘Circus Parade’, Leon Keer’s ‘Lego Army’ and Anthony Cappetto’s ‘Augmented Reality’. Notable performers include daredevil Nik Wallenda, who in 2012 performed with his wife on 60′ sway poles for the festival’s circus theme. The Sarasota Chalk Festival in Venice 2014 is produced by Avenida de Colores, Inc., a 501c3 cultural arts charitable organization. It is the first and only international festival in Sarasota county that is free for all to participate in and attend.
Avenida de Colores, Inc. is a cultural arts 501C3 charitable organization that is entirely volunteer. It partners with communities to draw tourism and commerce to area businesses, and creates cultural experiences that create a sense of place and joyous memories for residents. The organization focuses on pavement artists and art where chalk/pastels are used as the medium and the road surface as a canvas. They have over 50 outreach programs that work with area artists as well as schools, libraries and other communities around the globe. This volunteer structured group produces the world renowned Sarasota Chalk Festival, as well as, the Going Vertical Program and the Floralia Infiorata 2015.