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Sarasota Chalk Festival: Fleeting Masterpieces in Florida

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Sarasota Chalk Festival 2012; photos by Gerard Borod

The streets of Sarasota were covered in chalk masterpieces from October 28-Nov 6, thanks to the Sarasota Chalk Festival. The event is free for artists and free for voyeurs — it’s designed to draw customers to local businesses. There was no shortage of talent here as artists (including full-time professional street painters) and musicians flocked far and wide because Sarasota is easily Florida’s second artsiest city next to Miami. The theme was Circus City, USA, which is perfect because Sarasota owes its artistic heritage to the famous Ringling circus family, major patrons of the arts whose exceptional fine art collection, Venetian Gothic mansion Cà d’Zan and circus memorabilia now comprise the  sprawling Ringling Museum of Art. I wasn’t able to attend the Sarasota Chalk Festival, but my father did and he took these fantastic photos. Thanks, Dad! Enjoy the slideshow below…

5 Responses to Sarasota Chalk Festival: Fleeting Masterpieces in Florida

  1. Nancie
    Twitter: ladyexpat
    November 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Absolutely love this! Wouldn’t it be great if other cities started having similar festivals? They would be a great drawing card for both artists and art lovers.
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  2. Wandering Educators
    Twitter: WanderingEds
    November 15, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    this looks so cool! i’d TOTALLY go!
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  3. D.J. - The World of Deej November 16, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    Awesome…I’m a lifelong Floridian and have never visited Sarasota. Amazing pics, and I should definitely look this up…
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  4. LeX @ LeX Paradise November 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Very unique design of the banner! Definitely one day I will be there 😉 Cheer!
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  5. Danee Sarman November 29, 2012 at 12:16 am #

    I just love off beat art festivals celebrating different talents. This is the first time I’ve heard of this. Very cool post- thank you!
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