Pacific Northwest Chalk Fest
7525 166th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052
Redmond Town Center
7525 166th Ave NE
Redmond, Washington 98052
The first Pacific NW Chalk Fest will take place at Redmond Town Center and showcase chalk art created by world renowned street artists from all corners of the U.S. and the globe.
The first Pacific NW Chalk Fest, presented by Experience Redmond, will bring the internationally recognized chalk art form to the Puget Sound region this August.
This family-friendly event will feature 14 internationally, nationally and regionally renowned chalk artists for a showcase as they transform 164th Avenue NE and 74th Street of Redmond Town Center in Redmond, Washington into pastel masterpieces August 19 & 20.
Remko van Schaik from the Netherlands
Ever Galvez from California
Raizah Roushan from Oregon
David & Shannon Brenner from Michigan
Ian Morris from Victoria
Gabrielle Abbott from Seattle
A History of Chalk Art
Chalk art events have become major draws for tourism in Victoria, BC; San Jose and Pasadena, CA; Denver; Sarasota, FL; and Marietta, GA to name a few in North America. With origins in the streets of Italy, chalk art has attracted and inspired master artists, amateur artists and spectators from around the world. It all started with Madonna – the original Madonna – and the 16th Century Italian artists who paid tribute to her with chalk and pastel artwork drawn directly on the street. Madonnari, as the artists came to be called, made a living traveling from town to town and collecting coins from people who admired their work. It was the visual arts equivalent of busking, and the tradition continued until World War II, when, for obvious reasons, it became impractical to sit in the middle of a street and create art. After the war, the art of the Madonnari languished, but before it could die out completely, a group in the city of Curtatone, Italy, decided to revive it.
The first I Madonnari festival in Curtatone, in the province of Mantova (Mantua), was held in 1973, with some of the prewar Madonnari among the participating artists. This was the catalyst for a new generation of “street painters” who travel from city to city, and festival to festival, creating chalk artwork that hardly lasts longer than the handful of days required to make them.