from all fine arts diciplines regularly participate in arts fastivals
and gallery shows throughout the region. While FMU theatre and music
students entertain through performance, the visual arts and art
education students not only expose the public to
the visual arts, but often encourage active participation in the
the Francis Marion Department of Fine Arts and the Art's Alive Festival
Committee cosponsor a sidewalk
chalking contest on the Arts Center plaza. In glorious sunny weather as
as 200 people participate, and not just area high school and college
This event is for everybody in the Pee Dee to join in. In fact, the largest category of entrants is children with their parents - even grandparents in some cases - all of whom creatively use the dazzling colors of chalk to leave behind their mark.
|Powerful figurative images from tigers to coral reefs join imaginative abstract designs (and playful doodlings!) to fill the 66 "official" squares, with latecomers finding leftover chalk to fill in the walkways (ahem!) and virtually any other remaining space. It is a magnificent display of the hidden collective talent of the community, each group helping to inspire the neighboring ones by the sheer excitement of the colors and the beauty of the moment.|
||Though the chalking itself and the good company are pleasurable in themselves, there are prizes given in three different categories (high school, college, and families) to winners, some of whom come from as far as Asheville NC. With FMU providing the funding for the chalk, the art materials generously donated as prizes come from Hampden Ipser of Sanford Corporation and also from Fred Davies of Carolina Paint and Art Supply here in Florence.|
Above, the sun sets on the end of the festival day. Soon footsteps will begin to dull the images, the details will start to fade...
then along comes the first rain and rerenders the combined work of families and friends into a monumental watercolor abstract which only Nature could design. >>>>
Make plans to join us next year for an encore of this event, perhaps with even more squares and more chalk.