Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Pastels 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. Here is how the local newspaper describes it:
The event serves as a benefit for Northcoast Children’s Services, with local businesses sponsoring squares of sidewalk and inviting artists, who donate their time, to create with pastels that will wash away with the first fall rains.
Proceeds help fund preschool and family services for more than 1,000 children and families in Humboldt and Del Norte counties, according to event organizers.
We walked down there last Sunday to see it in a quiet time. Here is a bit of what we saw. It's quite a colorful and beautiful sight.

There were so many more photos, and even more gorgeous pieces of pastel art that I didn't photograph. It was a lovely way to spend a very sunshiny morning (hence all the shadows!). I have to say my favorite piece is the one with the elephants, and that's only because my mom loved elephants. It made me think of her and smile.

If you want to see more of the art and photos of the artists in action. Here is a link.

24 comments:

  1. Some wonderful art there, some talented people about

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  2. We have some great temporary art these days and some of it is very good. Too bad it's only temporary.

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    1. Red-- We're expecting a good rain today. It will all be washed away.

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  3. Wonderful fun Robin. I love chalk painting...here today, gone tomorrow, so enjoy while you can.

    Happy Wednesday.

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    1. Linda-- Yes, the ephemeral quality of it is pretty cool. Happy Wednesday to you!

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  4. What a great idea. The fact that the artworks are so temporary makes them even more precious.

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    1. Steve-- Today will be the first day of rain since these were made 10 days ago. They will be completely gone.

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  5. Lovely works of art...me too, fav is the elephants!

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    1. Barbara-- I love that the elephants are your fav too!

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  6. What great talent, I love it. Thanks for sharing it.
    Dee

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    1. Dee-- Glad to share it. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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  7. What a fun thing to do. Great way to advertise and raise money for a good cause. Hope it doesn't rain for a while. Loved the Elephants and liked the Rainbow message.

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    1. Patti-- We're supposed to get rain today and all that art will wash away never to be seen again. Glad you liked the elephant and the rainbow message. Me too!

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  8. Prescott has a weekend of chalk painting too. Some fabulous artists are always there.

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    1. Catalyst-- How cool that there is a chalk weekend there too.

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  9. Oh, I remember this event from earlier. How cool! There is something special about ephemeral art, washed away by the first rain.

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    1. Mark-- There really is something about ephemeral art, kinda reminds us of our time here on earth.

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  10. They're beautiful. Such a great event.

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    1. bev-- I think next year we'll go on Saturday and watch the artists in action.

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  11. I love sidewalk art. But it's so sad that it is too soon gone. Except in our memories and photographs.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- There's something about the ephemeral nature of it that is very touching.

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