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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the nonprofit had to re-imagine the annual La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival.

COURTESY PHOTO: MARK FAGIN - Chalk drawing created by Brittany Resch. Resch is featured alongside other artists for 2D4Ds Un-Festival time lapse video.

As the theater community says, "The show must go on," and that's exactly what a nonprofit arts organization in Beaverton is trying to do.

In a press release on Wednesday, July 1, 2D4D announced that it had to re-imagine how to provide a chalk art festival experience without getting thousands of people together due to the coronavirus pandemic.

To recreate this experience, the organization worked with Cedar Hills Crossing to have an easy and safe space where they could film a handful of local professional artists as they chalked individual 8 foot-by-8 foot images.

"The reason that these art festivals are so important," explained 2D4D board chair Raziah Roushan, "is that in just a few hours, attendees watch drawings evolve from plain asphalt to fully rendered imagery. Festivals are days of inspiration (where) we all witness the creative process together."

The announcement added that the time lapse is jokingly called an Un-Festival.

COURTESY PHOTO: MARK FAGIN - Morgan Millers chalk creation for the Un-Festival event put on by 2D4D. The nonprofit is an arts organization in Beaverton.

The Un-Festival video showcases artists Brittany Resch, Morgan Miller, Susan Charnquist and Shelley Fagin working on images inspired by the theme "Everyday Heroes and First Responders." To recreate the wildly popular kids' area of its annual La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival, 2D4D also simultaneously did a public call for submissions.

Community members throughout the Portland metro area, and even as far as Southern California, submitted chalk drawings and heartwarming sayings drawn out in their own neighborhoods and driveways.

"This summer is guaranteed to be littered with chalk drawings and small inspirational sayings," said Roushan. "With the help of sponsors like Patricia Reser, OnPoint Credit Union and Blick Art Materials to cover artist stipends, supplies and video production, we're really happy to be part of what's needed most right now — creative expression."

COURTESY PHOTO - Hope is all you need by Eesha Paruvada. The chalk drawing is one of many pieces featured in 2D4Ds Un-Festival time lapse video.

Although they're pleased to be able to offer the Un-Festival in a specially modified format due to the virus, 2D4D is already looking ahead to next year, when organizers hope to be able to put on a more traditional event. The 2021 La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival is tentatively set for Aug. 14 and Aug. 15, 2021.

To view the video montage, visit 2D4D.org/la-strada.


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