ST. CHARLES – Hoping to turn the First Street Plaza into a gallery of fantastic chalk art May 25 and 26, Paint the Pavement – A Chalk Fest! is welcoming interested chalk artists to apply before May 1.
Artists interested in participating in Paint the Pavement can find information at downtownstcharles.org.
Paint the Pavement is part of the 21st annual St. Charles Fine Art Show, which features the juried work of 100 artists and attracts more than 30,000 art supporters from Chicago and beyond for the award-winning show.
The St. Charles Fine Art Show and Paint the Pavement are presented by the Downtown St. Charles Partnership.
Located on First Street and in the First Street Plaza, the outdoor chalk art festival features artists who spend two days on their hands and knees creating pieces of art on the pavement, only to have them washed away by time and the elements.
Fine Art Show committee member Chris Prieve said she hopes that the show will grow this year.
“In 2018, we were small, but mighty and received much positive community and business feedback,” Prieve said in a news release from the Downtown St. Charles Partnership. “A boost in the number of artists would be fantastic because we had amazing works of art made during last year’s Paint the Pavement. I envision a First Street Plaza full of incredible and colorful chalk art this year.”
While there will be professionals displaying their skills, Paint the Pavement is open to all skill levels. Artists, organizations and local businesses can select a square to chalk and will be provided with a box of 48 chalk pastels.