For a chance to see local chalk artist/muralist Gina Ribaudo and seven other Arizona artists painting live on the sidewalk, come to Tempe Marketplace this weekend (Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.) for the 6th Annual Chalk Walk.
This year, participating artists from Arizona Business Committee for the Arts, a program of the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA), will recreate famous artists’ faces or well-known masterpieces on 5’ X 5’ canvas boards laid out on the ground at designated spots throughout the shopping center. Afterward, the acrylic and/or chalk paintings will remain on display throughout the weekend and then will be donated to SAACA for an art auction.
Inside the area designated “Chalk Art Avenue,” the public is invited to participate as well. Pastel chalk is provided for free so big and little kids can draw their own masterpieces or help complete the desert-themed community mural.
Ribaudo is in her fifth year as an artist participant. “I love it,” she says. “It’s really cool to see the interaction between the artists and the kids. They are fascinated by how fast we paint.”
Excited to be able to use acrylics – her favorite medium – this year, Ribaudo says, “I love the color and the brushstrokes. To me, it’s like creating a two-dimensional sculpture… And I can be more loose with paint. With chalk, there’s so much blending, and it blows around in the wind. If it rains, it’s messy.”
In general, painting on the ground is not easy to do, she says, “If it’s hot, that affects us. We’ll drip sweat on the artwork. And being on our hands and knees for hours means we’ll all be sore afterward. But it’s still super fun to do live work.”
If you miss the event this year, mark your calendars. Chalk Walk takes place every year on the last weekend in April.