La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival, happening Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 and 11, at Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton will feature 15 nationally recognized chalk artists, including Sharyn Chan and Jennifer Ripassa.
Professional chalk artists from around the county have 48 hours to complete large-scale images; most averaging 10 feet by 10 feet.
The process starts just as one would imagine: with a line drawing," according to information released by organizers. "As each hour passes the array of red, yellow, blue and green hues begin to blend into semi-recognizable features. The drawings really start to take shape by mid-day Saturday. Returning Sunday morning, the artists utilize the entirety of the day to refine colors, shading, and realism. By 6 p.m. Sunday, the one-of-a-kind image is complete."
These drawings are not meant to be purchased and carried away, organizers said. "They are entirely ephemeral; made of chalk pastels drawn directly on the asphalt."
Attendees are encouraged to vote in the People's Choice Ballot. Prizes will be awarded at 5 p.m. Sunday.
La Strada dei Pastelli (Italian for "Street of Chalk") also will feature an array of live performances by groups like Portland Opera A La Cart and Beaverton Community Band.
Local art vendors will showcase multimedia works from paintings to woodworking. Family activities are being provided by organizations including Craft Warehouse, Beaverton Art Foundation and Five Oaks Triple Creek neighborhood association.
The festival is supported in part by Cedar Hills Crossing, the city of Beaverton and Beaverton Toyota.
La Strada dei Pastelli
When: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 and 11. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Cedar Hills Crossing, 3205 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.
Tickets: Free and open to the public.
More information: 2D4D.org
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