Seventh Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival
Arts Night Out has invited a record number of talented artists to create colorful masterpieces in chalk on the sidewalks of downtown during its seventh annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival. The competitive event kicks off a festive weekend that includes the Northampton Arts Council’s RETROFAIRE on Saturday, September 10.
Drawing takes place from 10 am until 4 pm on Friday. The public is encouraged to watch chalk art pieces develop and view completed work in the evening while enjoying Northampton’s monthly gallery walk 5-8 pm. Prizes of $300, $200, and $100 are awarded by a panel of judges for the top three creations. Presentations are made by the Mayor on the steps of City Hall at 5 pm.
The public is also invited to an informal family free draw 5-7 pm. Participants will be asked to help “decorate” the RETROFAIRE site located in the area between Thornes Marketplace and the city parking garage. Plenty of sidewalk chalk will be on hand for anyone who wants to take part in the activity.
Individual chalk artists for 2016 feature former prize winners and seasoned competitors Brandon Avery, Linda Babcock, Jennifer Gutterman, Robert Markey, Chrissy Neithercott, Paul Siqueira, and Sloan Tomlinson. They are joined by veteran Team Bodalimadriguez, aka Stephanie Gerolimatos, Mark Bodah and Matt Rodriguez, who return for the 7th time. New to the event are artists Erin Cleary, Jim DuBois, Rob Kimmel, Sanket Sabnis, and the duo of Anne and Simson Musante.
Chalk art sites are situated along the customary Arts Night Out route so that viewers also have an opportunity to stop at participating galleries and other venues. Festival locations include the Smith College Museum of Art on Elm Street in addition to Ode, Memorial Hall, Pinch, the Artisan Gallery, Thornes Marketplace, Cathy Cross/J. Rich, First Churches, Florence Bank, and Don Muller Gallery on Main Street. New sites this year are Sylvester’s, adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce on Pleasant Street, The Tunnel Bar on Strong Avenue, and Click Workspace on Market Street. To download a map of the chalk art locations with artists click here. Printed copies will also be available at a variety of Arts Night Out venues.
Along the route, viewers have an opportunity to stop in at venues that participate in Arts Night Out. A detailed listing of September exhibitions will appear on the Arts Night Out website and is published in the monthly brochures found at participating locations.
The Northampton Chalk Art Festival is a presentation of Arts Night Out in cooperation with the City of Northampton and the Northampton Center for the Arts. It is sponsored by Chartpak, Inc. and the Northampton Radio Group.