Chalk Festival organizers open new store


Chalk Festival organizers open new store


Date: December 12, 2013
by: David Conway | News Editor



On Friday, organizers of the Sarasota Chalk Festival will open a new store in Burns Square designed to help fund the group’s operations.

Chalk Line, located at 529 S. Pineapple Ave., will sell works by artists that participate in the annual chalk festival, as well as merchandise associated with the event. Proceeds from the sales will benefit Avenida de Colores, the nonprofit organization that funds the festival, according to a press release.

In a November interview with the Sarasota Observer, Chalk Festival founder Denise Kowal said the event lost out on revenue this year after rain affected attendance totals. In addition to the Sarasota Chalk Festival, the group organizes a chalk festival in Anna Maria Island, and participates in outreach programs throughout the year.

“We're always doing events and doing things for people,” Kowal said. “We're just looking for ways to help fund that.”

Chalk Line will be open from 5-9 p.m. Friday, during the Burns Square Christmas walk. Kowal said plans are currently to operate the store, which is staffed by volunteers, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. year-round.

“We're going to see how it goes for season,” Kowal said. “We hope it's going to be successful, and we hope we can keep it open.”

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Currently 6 Responses

  • 1.
  • oh my someone needs a hug
  • O C Crandall
    Wed 18th Dec 2013
    at 1:06pm
  • 2.
  • Just Me -- of course the idea is horrible -- the suggestion is made by the troll and cyber-bully-stalker who targets Denise Kowal. Ignoring trolls is the general advice given on the Internet because their insecurities compel trolls to seek responses as the only real meaning in a troll's life... now if they were talented, they would be out there doing creative things themselves, don't ya think? Falling short of that, targeting a victim suffices at first. Obsession and compulsion soon expand to others and things the troll associates with the victim. It is all very Freudian. Get to know who not to answer. Clues will be provided when needed.
  • Yes, Virginia...
    Tue 17th Dec 2013
    at 5:47pm
  • 3.
  • Seething jealousy and strange lusts motivate our recently debuting sock puppet O C Crandall (careful of the spelling, caps and spacing differ) -- imagine what torments someone who could create an international festival from scratch in a few years must provoke in our sad new puppet? I propose a fund for psychoanalysis to which friends donate -- anyone out there without stab wounds in their back who would contribute?
  • Yes, Virginia...
    Mon 16th Dec 2013
    at 7:59pm
  • 4.
  • I love the Chalkfest and the themes the past two years have been wonderful. A creationist theme would be horrible!! Can't imagine a more divisive and alienating theme!
  • Just Me
    Fri 13th Dec 2013
    at 3:36pm
  • 5.
  • Might I suggest a Creationists theme for 2014 as most appropriate for the Chalk Festival mission of bringing "Art for the Masses" to Sarasota? If anyone is right for that job its Ms. Kowal. Just imagine Adam & Eve carved in Styrofoam and in the Garden of Eden in 3D street painting how lovely that would be.
  • O C Crandall
    Fri 13th Dec 2013
    at 11:30am
  • 6.
  • Wonderful! Founded in 2009 by Denise Kowal and in only six seasons she has led the chalk festival into becoming an internationally recognized attraction with the offshoots of Going Vertical, the Anna Maria Chalk Festival, and now, the Chalk Line.
  • oc crandall
    Thu 12th Dec 2013
    at 10:57pm
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