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Sidewalk Chalk Art for the 7/20 Memorial Foundation Fundraiser in Aurora, CO

Sidewalk Chalk Art for the 7/20 Memorial Foundation Fundraiser in Aurora, CO

On Saturday, August 26, 2017, I participated among 14 featured artists to create sidewalk chalk art at the 7/20 Memorial Foundation’s “Reflection Garden on Tap: 5K and Beer Fest”. This event was a fundraiser for the permanent memorial that has been commissioned to honor the victims, survivors, and heroes of the Aurora Theater Shooting. The chalk art festival was located at the site where the memorial will be built. The location: Aurora Xeriscape Garden – north west corner of Alameda Parkway and Chambers Road.     Each artist was given 3’ x 3’ square and chalk to draw a flower from the list of plants that are grown at the Reflection Gardens. I chose to chalk an Iris (Iris x germanica, Bearded Iris), as it’s one of my favorite flowers. I drew it among other plants and flowers in my other mural projects > Nick Angelo and I, helped me to draw, and started work on our piece the night before. There was no shade and to escape hot August sun we did most of the work under the street light on Friday night.    ____  Night chalking. The next morning I did some final lines and details.  After we took the tape off the drawing looked finished. Here are some pictures of the chalk flowers and plants of other artists, participating in the fundraiser. Alex and Kristen drawing the Veronica liwanensis flower. Hesperaloe parviflora (Texas Red Yucca) by Michael & Betsy Keyes. This drawing of Amsonia jonesii (Jones’ Bluestar) by Tina and Jason Martinez won the People’s Choice!  A photo of the award: And our chalk drawing of Bearded Iris won the Artist Award – which was presented by...
Farmers Market Mural Painting

Farmers Market Mural Painting

The mural was painted for the 40 West Farmers Market. The size is 20′ X 7′.  The new market opened in the summer of 2016. Their big blue metal shipping container needed some art for the promotion of the market and to beautify the Lamar Plaza, where it is located, on West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, CO The goal for the design of the mural was to acquaint the viewer with the history of Lakewood’s agriculture. It shows what fruits and vegetables grow here and what they can anticipate getting at the farmers market. Due to the prominent relief of the container, I decided to keep the design simple, with bold elements and without too many intricate lines and details. Fields with pasturing cows, a wind mill, farm houses and buildings, fruit trees – all this used to be the main part of a landscape of Lakewood, just about 50 years ago.   Nick Angelo painting the columbine flowers.   Watermelons, peaches, chili peppers, and tomatoes are some of the most popular vegetables and fruits that are grown here, in Colorado today. The Farmers market mural painting process. Blue Columbine Flowers The mural was created in May 2017. Materials: Metal Primer, Acrylic Exterior Paint, and Protective clear coat. _____________________ To see the project page, please click...
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