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Chalk: An Australian Perspective – NOW SCREENING!

Our Chalk documentary airs on SBS1 7 October at 1pm 'Chalk: An Australian Perspective' follows Australia’s Champion Pavement Artists Jenny McCracken and Anton Pulvirenti We journey with them to the piazza of Grazie di Curtatone in Italy to compete at the world’s most influential yet gruelling pavement art competition, Incontro Nazionale dei Madonnari.  We explore how this once dying art form has evolved and exploded in popularity around the world.                   Above: ‘My Blue Angel’ 3D chalk ar

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Kurt Wenner – Recreating Creativity

While at Sarasota Chalk Festival I attended a lecture on creativity by Master Artist, Kurt Wenner and almost 3 weeks later I'm still thinking about it.  Here's a very brief summary that touches on a few points that were discussed as well as a few images that demonstrate Wenner's creativity.   In his lecture Wenner discussed how society is starting to realise that creativity is a vital part of human intelligence that may determine the success or failure of an individual or even of a nation in the next decades. But, he questions, how can creativity be incorporated into edu

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Sarasota Chalk Festival 2012 – It’s a wrap!

Well over a hundred thousand people visited Sarasota Chalk Festival this year, I was one of the lucky ones to experience the festival from start to finish and see international chalk artists, street painters and graff artists produce magnificent works of art.  Having taken a sabbatical from Chalk Urban Art Festival to experience other festivals and explore international opportunities I am really glad I included Sarasota on my list this year.Sarasota Chalk Festival has a great program that attracts people from far and wide. In addition to the artworks there was great music,

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Wallenda crosses the line

Day four of Sarasota Chalk Festival and the artworks are coming to life.  The variety of interpretations of the circus theme is a heaps of fun for all attending. Watching Master Artist Kurt Wenner and his team produce the major street painting is a highlight everyday but today we had a nail biting experience when world renowned hire-wire walker Nik Wallenda arrived on site to pull one of his more daring stunts. Wallenda who has just completed a crossing of Niagara Falls was back in his home town to walk on a high-wire line created by pavement artists Anthony Cappetto,

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Sarasota Chalk Art Festival begins

After a great evening out in Deep Ellum checking out the street murals and live music scene in Dallas I made my way back to Dallas Airport (is there a bigger airport in the world?) and caught a flight to Sarasota. First day on site was a reunion!  I caught up with Denise Kowal, the Organiser of Sarasota Chalk Festival and artists I met in Italy including Tommo Saito (Japan/Italy), Marion Ruthardt (Germany), Ruben Martinez (Mexico), Cesar Paredes Pacora (Peru) and many others.  They and others are here to work with Master Artist Kurt Wenner on his 3D illusion designed for