Friday, September 29, 2017
By Amanda Greene
2017 Venice Chalk Festival - 10th Year Anniversary
The 2017 Chalk Festival is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and will be located at the Venice Airport Fairgrounds on the island of Venice, Florida the week of November 10-13 - so mark your calendars and join us as we celebrate the pavement arts!

Hailed as the most important pavement art event in the world, the International Chalk Festival will run four days, in its entirety, at the Venice Airport Fairgrounds from November 10 to 13 2017. RE/MAX Platinum Realty invites you to fly high above the festival in our tethered hot air balloon for a unique view of the artwork. A donation to the Chalk Festival is required to fly in the balloon. * The balloon ride is wind and weather permitting. 

The festival affords you a once-a-year opportunity to become an integral part of the creative process. From start to finish, you become the viewer as the largest gathering of eminent pavement artists perform using the road surface as a canvas to develop oversized masterpieces in chalk.

This performance art form, as we know it today, is thought to have originated in Italy during the 16th century. These Italian artists called “madonnari,” went into remission after the Second World War. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the remaining small number of madonnari got the recognition they deserved with the start of the International Madonnari Festival in Grazie di Curtatone in Northern Italy.

Starting in 2010 and every year since, the Chalk Festival features the most 3D pavement paintings ever created in one location. Also in 2010, it became the first international pavement art festival in the USA.

The artists who create these 3D pavement paintings invite visitors during the festival to step directly onto their artwork--becoming a part of illusion in photos. These artists come up with intricate ideas that make images and the ground appear to dip inward or rise above when viewed from a particular vantage point.

In addition to the pavement artists who travel from all over the world, the festival organization invites anyone, of any skill level, to sign up as an artist and work alongside the professionals, creating their own pavement paintings. No other cultural organization mixes the most renown with beginners better than this festival, giving novice pavement and student artists a truly unique opportunity.

Other performing artists are invited to sign up and help enhance the theme. Other activities include the Pavement Music Festival, Chalk 5K Fun Run/Walk, Food Trucks, Beer Gardens, Vendors, and Family Fun Areas inspiring the young and young-at-heart to create impromptu art while visiting the festival.

Winning Sarasota Magazine’s Readers Choice Award for Best Event in Sarasota County 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and SRQ Magazine’s Readers Choice Award for Best of SRQ Local 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, it is no surprise that during any given year, the festival attracted over 200,000 visitors during its time in Sarasota and because of limitations with access to the fairgrounds it now attracts upward of 50,000 visitors with an estimated economic impact in the millions.

If you would like to speak to a RE/MAX Platinum Realty agent about buying or selling a Sarasota, Venice or surrounding Gulf Coast area home please call 941-929-9090.