Chalk It Up To Art

Colorado sure loves the arts, as shown by the lineup of summer festivals — and one of the best is the annual Denver Chalk Art Festival, which turns Larimer Square into one big canvas. “It’s a unique opportunity for people to see art being created from the ground up and see it live throughout the course of the weekend,” says spokeswoman Jenny Schiavone. “And you don’t often have the opportunity to wander down the middle of the streets in downtown Denver with a glass of wine or a beer.”

The festival mixes artists and ideas, so there’s always plenty to see. “You’re not going to find something like this anywhere else in the state,” Schiavone promises. “You can walk around and talk to the artists as they’re creating the work, ask questions and take pictures, and you become part of the scene.”

At a pre-festival party on Friday, attendees watched artists prep their spaces and participated in a hands-on public art installation. Today the artists will be working on their temporary masterpieces, and tomorrow’s activities will include a yoga class. The Chalk Art Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow in Larimer Square. Admission is free; for more details, visit denverchalkart.com.
Fri., May 30, 5-8 p.m.; Sat., May 31, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., June 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 2014

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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