Colorful shapes and fantastic creatures spring from the Cleveland Museum of Arts sidewalks at this weekends Chalk Festival. The 18th-annual outing of the area favorite looks way back for inspiration. It takes a 16th-century Italian tradition into the modern world, says spokesman Josh Taylor. Beggars would do drawings of sculptures and paintings. We doubt Clevelands homeless will get in on the action, but you never know: The CMAs Chalk Festival boasts the second-largest attendance in the nation -- right behind San Franciscos.
Artists like Augusto Bordelois, Wendy Mahon, and Edwige Winans will work wonders with a piece of chalk, while guests have plenty of opportunities to make some temporary art of their own. Its very relaxed, says Robin VanLear, the museums artistic director for community arts. People have a really good time getting creative. Local bands Blues DeVille and the Panic Steel Ensemble bring the noise. Its great to witness art happening before your very eyes, says Taylor.
Sat., Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 16, 12-5 p.m.