21st Annual Chalk Festival

When: Sat., Sept. 18 2010

Wall Eye gallery co-owner Dante Rodriguez looks to the old masters for inspiration — even when he's drawing with chalk on the sidewalk. One of the featured artists at this weekend's Chalk Festival at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Rodriguez expects to work for five hours today and tomorrow at the 21st annual celebration. "I'm thinking of drawing my cat, Tehn-Tehn, and maybe putting her into one of the old masters' works that is on view in the museum," Rodriguez says. "If Caravaggio was alive today and I had the money to commission him, it would be sweet to see how he would paint my Tehn-Tehn!" Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It's free to come watch and listen to bands (DubFlex Saturday, Cats on Holiday Sunday), but if you want to draw on the sidewalk it'll cost you $16 for a large square and 24-color box of chalk (or $8 for a small square and 12-color box). Artists under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. You can register when you get there at the Cleveland Museum of Art (11150 East Boulevard). Call 216-421-7350 or got to clevelandart.org to learn more. — Gill

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