The Naples Art Association has issued a call for Chalk Art 2014 on historic 5th Avenue South. Seasoned artists, artists in the making, schools, scouts and civic groups are all invited to display their creativity in an event that draws thousands of Neopolitans and winter visitors each time it takes place.
"Please show off your creative, artistic talents and help us transform 5th Avenue South into a huge color splashed canvas on Saturday, January 25th," states Naples Art in its call to artists. "Chalk Art 2014 will be a great celebration of artists and their creative works of chalk painting, located on 5th Avenue South. All proceeds will benefit the Pelican Bay Rotary Scholarship Fund. This event is being held in one of the most popular tourist months in Naples, and you will have great exposure for your work."
The Naples Art Association will match artists with a sponsor, or artists can get their own sponsor or purchase their own chalk square. Chalk, brushes, water and mixing containers will be provided to all registered artists.
The rules are simple and straightforward. The sponsor's name must go at the top of each sponsored square. Artists may not use any portion of their assigned square for self-promotion (unless the artist has purchased their own square). However, artists may hand out business cards or other material to interested passersby. Sponsors may not influence the content of a square - content is open to artists' creativity, with the exception of sponsor name written across the top of the square.
Chalk Art 2013 was well attended and popularly received.
In addition to entertainment, live music, fashion shows, food and huge color-splashed canvases of chalk painting, a highlight of Chalk Art 2014 will be the announcement of cash prizes and People's Choice awards. The three artists selected by the celebrity panel will receive $1,000 for 1st Place, $600 for 2nd Place and $400 for 3rd Place, and for purposes of the judging, the size of the artist's square does not matter. The judges are interested only in originality.
But the spectators who turn out for Chalk Art 2014 will also have their say. There are three sizes of squares, and each square size will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for a total of 9 winners, all determined by public voting with tickets they purchase from the Pelican Bay Rotary Club on site. Obviously, participating artists and their sponsors will try to skew the results by encouraging family, friends and patrons to come and vote. But will it be enough to influence the results given that thousands of people typically flock to 5th Avenue South for this annual event. It only costs $1.00 a ticket; $5.00 for 6 tickets; $10.00 for 15 tickets; and $20.00 for 50 tickets.
If you would like to be a participating artist, please email to Chelsea.Ziton@naplesart.org.