This past weekend, in the heart of London’s cool, artsy Wortley Village, Expressions in Chalk 2011 put on by Imadon featured thirty-five local chalk artists who brought a rainbow of scenes to life in the parking lot of St. James Westminster Anglican Church.
Organized by Jan and Cheryl Smelser, this is Imadon’s sixth year hosting Expressions in Chalk and the second year it has been held in Wortley Village.
Sunday morning, a sudden unexpected downpour washed away the hard work of the previous day, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of participants as they quickly restored their pieces in the scorching heat.
Artists of all ages participated in this physically challenging art. Many had umbrellas for the glaring sun, cushions for their sore behinds, sunscreen for reddened skin and water for hydration. It was very hot and they worked in the sun for most of three days on hot pavement.
During the three days, there was a steady flow of spectators – over 8000 – to view the works as they progressed. A wide variety of subject matter appeared in the church parking lot in colourful artists’ soft pastels. Some used painter’s brushes, toothbrushes and gloves to spread the colour into every little nook and cranny in the pavement and some did it ‘old school’ with just the pastels and their hands.
Krystal Caldwell, an art teacher at Oakridge High School, has taken part for the past three years and was inspired to do so by several of her students. About her aptly title piece, “Mother Nature” she notes, “I didn’t rewrite the name after it got washed out by the rain I thought, oh perfect.”
The following are some more images I took that show the variety of artwork created at Expressions in Chalk 2011. If you are an artist who participated, please contact me to add caption information.
What a wonderful, colourful form of expression. Looking forward to another fun, interesting festival in 2012!
© Sheila Creighton 2011