Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Art on the Plaza

On the first Saturday in October local artists come to the downtown plaza and transform the sidewalks into huge works of art with chalk. We walked down there on Monday to see it in a quiet time. Here is a bit of what we saw and a local news piece about it. It's quite a colorful and beautiful sight.











We love when the community gets together like this.

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  1. Is this curated or cultivated or moderated? Is it spontaneous or "monitored" by someone? In my town there is an annual event like this (and I think you have to "buy" a piece of sidewalk to participate), but I love the idea of something grassroots and even "wild."

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    1. Paul-- I googled around and found how this event takes place: The first Saturday in October is the day families, artists and sponsors gather on the Arcata Plaza for a magical art show. The sidewalk is transformed into a gallery of art with a riot of color. This benefit for Northcoast Children's Services is supported by local businesses that sponsor an artist by making a donation of $125 or $225 for a square of sidewalk art. This event is free for artists and pastels are provided. Northcoast Children's Services provides education and family services to almost 1000 low income families with young children throughout Humboldt and DelNorte Counties.

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  2. Beautiful! I love the one with Rosie urging people to vote. There are a lot of very talented people out there!

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    1. Steve-- That one is my favorite too! I had planned on making it the first photo, then forgot. I really is quite a show of art.

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  3. Such a beautiful sunny day for drawing on the sidewalk!
    I love that Arcata's Pastels on the Plaza is a fund raiser for children and families with low income.

    Learning that, I wondered what Bellingham's Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival is a fund raiser for and found that it isn't a fund raiser and that it was revived after a hiatus when there was no financial sponsorship for it. It was always a summer event here and even then, the summer rain would wash away the art work before much time passed.

    https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article93463797.html

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    1. am-- I learned that the local businesses contribute $125-$225 for a small or large square and then artists come and do their beautiful art.

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  4. Such a great series of "paintings" that will go away with time...after many smiles are shared. They are in a good location.

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    1. Barbara-- Interestingly, all the people we talked to about the art were so surprised that it didn't rain on Sunday which I guess it always has for years. So, here we are five days past and the art is still there!

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  5. Wish we did something like that here. Would have loved seeing the artists side by side creating. Shame it is temporary art but photos and memories will keep them fresh.

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    1. Patti-- Over the years we have seen the artists doing their work, but it was really cool to go during a quiet time to take a long and leisurely look. The rains will come and wash it all away.

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  6. These are wonderful! Thanks for sharing your photos. So nice that there is a fundraising side to these as well.

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    1. bev-- We loved walking around the plaza and gazing at such fine art. So interesting to know it will all be washed away by the next rains. A lovely way to raise funds.

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    1. Okay. I just upgraded to Mojave and Blogger is behaving irrationally, but I guess I can post.
      The sidewalk art is beautiful! What an amazing project and whoever organizes must know that there is a superabundance of talent in the community.
      As for the art washing away, it's like the Buddhist monks, who so painstakingly create a sand mandala, then destroy it within a few days. Impermanence.
      The goodness that arises from this project will last a lifetime for those children.

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    2. CCorax-- There really is an abundance of art here. It's quite beautiful. And thank you for writing what I feel about this art being washed away by rain. Yes, it is like the Buddhist monk's mandalas and impermanence. The beauty of the ephemeral.

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  8. I am always so impressed by artists who will work in a medium that is doomed to destruction in the near future. The sidewalk art is lovely, as is the sand castle work we see on the coast, and the ice sculptures we enjoyed in WI. Brief but spectacular, as they say on PBS.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- Yes! You remind of the sand castles and ice sculptures to! I love that. Impermanence, and so beautifully awesome.

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  9. I love this public chalk art.

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  10. So cool, now that was worth visiting

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    1. Bill-- We're glad we walked into town to take a look!

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  11. So colorful and sweet! Thanks for the photos.

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    1. isabelita-- A colorful and sweet balance to the crazy times we are living in.

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  12. The "You are Loved" simply stopped me. How beautiful a message is that? And, of course, the Ramones square -- ha! You have nice wide sidewalks around your square -- when it happens at Fremont Park in Sacramento, we are forced onto the street for a walk about. Great pictures, thanks for sharing with us!

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    1. Tara-- It really is a beautiful message. And we loved Ramone's too. All so well done. What a treat for the eyes and the heart of a community.

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  13. Love the Ramone's cafe one, and the Heart of Humbolt with the maryjane leaves rampant.

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    1. Phil-- I didn't even notice those maryjane leaves, LOL! Yes, that's definitely a sign of Humboldt.

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