Neighbors, business owners, artists, urbanists and concerned citizens came together this Saturday to traffic-calm a dangerous and problematic intersection: the convergence of Rhode Island, W. Utica, and Brayton Streets in Buffalo, NY.
Inspired By: My View of the Day
‘Urban Roots’ Chalk Mural created by Mary Claire, Benjamin, and friends who helped, thank you!
The 2nd annual ChalkFest Buffalo 2013 on the 500 Block of Main Street was a great event and it was a pleasure creating a mural for the Theatre of Youth! I was among a group of artists who were given a passage from Alice in Wonderland to illustrate for the Live Storybook Narration. I incorporated the characters from TOY’s upcoming 2013-2014 season; which include Frog from ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’, Pinkalicious, and Madeline. For more information on the shows lined up check out theatreofyouth.org.
ChalkFest Buffalo 2013 August 3rd and 4th. 9 am Morning start..drawing my grid.
Alice in Wonderland Storybook Squares down the 500 Block of Main Street. I’m early.
Starting my outline. I gridded my sketch which makes it easy to place all of the characters.
Blocking in color.
Hard to see with the shadow.
Better view of the light outline. Outlined in white first, then black.
Worked on the main character first.
Filling in the mushrooms and ground around Alice.
Ta da! Finished at 2 pm for the Theatre of Youth! Alice in the garden of talking flowers, complete with rocking horsefly, loaf of bread and butter flies, Frog, Pinkalicious, Madeline, and a smiling someone peeking out of the tree.
I want to thank everyone who put a ticket in my bucket and voted for the Theatre of Youth mural and stopping by to chat with me.
Below are pictures of the Alice in Wonderland Storybook art by Buffalo artists, and pictures I took of the chalk creations by local artists of all ages as I walked around Main Street. I was amazed by the participation and talent!
Michael Macauley taking time out for a picture for us with his Alice in Wonderland in progress.
Following in their father’s footsteps!!
Theatre of Youth table at ChalkFest with Tim White
Tim White talking about the Theatre of Youth’s upcoming season!
Thomas DeGraff was a great neighbor and artist! My favorite.
We were all given a passage from Alice in Wonderland to illustrate for the Live Storybook Narration. I do not have all of the artist names for this event. If you are the artist or know the artist’s name, or would like to have your passage and any links included, please send me a message and I will update with your info. Thank you!
#1 Cover by David
#5 My Passage: So Alice snuck away to search deeper into the forest for her White Rabbit. A loaf of Bread-and-butter Flies flew lazily overhead. Alice spotted Crab-Grass and a tiny horse with wings and rockers. “A Rocking-Horse Fly” said Alice. “Naturally” said the Rose. (at least Alice thought it was the Rose.) “But that’s nonsense” Alice said to herself. “Flowers can’t talk.” “Of course we can talk” said the Rose. “If there is anyone worth talking to” added Iris. Talking Flowers! Alice thought this was wonderful. But have you ever had something you always thought was going to be wonderful…turn out to be not so wonderful? Then you will know what happened to Alice next. The flowers talked. The Flowers sang. Then the flowers started asking questions. “What kind of garden do you come from?” “What species are you?” Then the flowers started yelling. “She’s a weed!!” The nasty flowers chased Alice out of the garden.
#6 Kate Walczak katewalczaksartgallery.blogspot.com
#7 Thomas DeGraff
#11 Julia Bottoms with the winning illustration, a portrait of Alice!
Friday I was invited to create this groovy Charlotte’s Web-inspired chalk mural for the Theatre of Youth’s Opening Night of Charlotte’s Web and carnival on Allen Street in Buffalo. All proceeds raised from this event to benefit TOY’s Transportation Fund, providing buses to schools that cannot afford the cost of a field trip for their children.
It was a beautiful sunny day. I started at around 2 o’clock and finished up in about 4 hours with kids stopping, and grabbing chalk to help me, they loved it! It was so sweet that some people did not want to walk across it and took pictures of it. Near the end of the event, I had quite a few very artistic children help me stomp on the chalk and fill in the background.
I did not get to enjoy the other festivities, but my daughter did thoroughly! After two pony rides, petting and feeding the goats and other animals, the fun carnival games, music, popcorn and cotton candy, she was thrilled!
Here are a couple pictures from the first event I participated in with TOY for their 40th Season celebration and opening with ‘Pinkalicious’, along with the Pledge to Go Pink Campaign for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I cannot believe this was only about eight months ago [and that I never did a sidewalk chalk mural before].
Thank you again to the Theatre of Youth!
Charlotte’s Web presented by TOY
[Saturdays 2pm - May 12, 19, June 2 Sundays 2pm - May 13, 20, June 3 ALL AGES. Call the Theatre of Youth box office for tickets 884-4400 x304].
“Art is the child of Nature; yes,
Her darling child, in whom we trace
The features of the mother’s face,
Her aspect and her attitude.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow