Clearwater - The Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the second annual Chalk Art Festival Friday through Sunday, Oct. 25-27, along Beach Walk on Clearwater Beach just south of Pier 60.
More than 20 chalk artists will adorn the sidewalks and promenades with creative works of art as they compete for $3,000 in cash prizes.
The Chalk Walk Art Festival is a free, family-friendly, community event. Artists begin work on Friday morning and work through the weekend on their compositions; judging and awards take place on Sunday afternoon. Prize money of $3,000 will be awarded in size category, awards of merit, and Best in Show.
Participating artists include Roni Francis, Julie Ann Graden, Dorothy Sabean, Cassie Frank, Laurie Pinna, Dave Conley, Clarence "Ace" Robst Jr., Beth Shistle, Michelle Hawkins, Cass Womack, Lexi Fulmer, Sandy Snider, Dave Snider, Beth Warmath, Maureen Greif, Lee Mobley and Art Jervis.
Surf Style and Guy Harvey recently announced the creation of the Guy Harvey Scholarship for Art Education. This year’s fund will benefit two seniors from Clearwater High School, who are focusing their studies in the visual arts field.
The Chalk Walk Art Festival is the perfect opportunity to launch the Scholarship fund as it showcases the works of many up and coming artists from different fields and mediums. Guy Harvey, an artist himself, is committed to helping the future of the fine arts industry get the training and education they need to further their careers.
In addition to a contribution of $2,500 from Guy Harvey to kick start the fund, Surf Style is will be selling limited edition T-shirts to raise even more money for art education. The T-shirts will feature premier pieces of chalk art from this year’s festival and be sold to the public with 50 percent of the proceeds directly benefiting the Guy Harvey Scholarship for Art Education.
T-shirts to benefit the Guy Harvey Fund will be available throughout the Chalk Art Festival weekend for sale outside of the Surf Style on Clearwater Beach. Guy Harvey will also be sponsoring a 3D rendering of the mural outside of the Surf Style megastore.