Art in the streets
September 25, 2013 1:48PM
A group of young attendees of last year's Hooked on Art event in downtown Chesterton contributes to a painting. This year's event is Saturday. | Photo provided
Updated: October 28, 2013 6:40AM
What would you think if you saw a large hole in a sidewalk that seemed to be a swimming hole filled with water and children diving in?
Or, a Venetian-style gondola, complete with a striped-shirt gondolier paddling in the middle of the sidewalk? I would think that you might be looking at some impressive 3D chalk art, a two-dimensional artwork drawn on a sidewalk or street in a way that creates a three-dimensional optical illusion.
On Saturday in downtown Chesterton, a 3D chalk artist will be just one of about 20 artists creating original works in a variety of medium as part of Hooked on Art.
“This is a live street art festival and a family-friendly event that celebrates the arts,” explained Derek Frazier, developmental director of Frontline Foundation.
Frontline Foundation is an outpatient addiction treatment provider and support organization for men and women ages 18-28. This is the second year that the non-profit organization has presented Hooked on Art as an event to raise funds for and awareness of their programs.
“Last year we had six artists participate by creating art pieces during the course of the day. This year the response has been tremendous and we’re heading towards 20 artists, including a glass blower from Arizona, a number of painters, graphic artists, and a 3D chalk artist from Florida,” Frazier said.
The 3D chalk artist is Jennifer Chaparro. The name of her website, www.amazingstreetpainting.com, aptly describes her work.
Hooked on Art will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Thomas Centennial Park at Calumet Road and Broadway Avenue in downtown Chesterton. The event is in conjunction with Chesterton’s European Market at Broadway Avenue and 3rd Street which runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market features produce, gourmet foods, clothing, arts, jewelry and more on Saturday mornings through October.
“Hooked on Art will have live music from 11 to 4:30, including Glenn Kaiser, a Chicago blues legend, at the gazebo,” Frazier said. “There’s unique shopping opportunities with vendors selling one-of-a-kind art including handcrafted furniture, in addition to the European Market. And, since this is a family festival there will be an interactive kids’ corner with space for kids to chalk and to make their own artistic creations.
“And there will be a unique opportunity to donate to Frontline without opening up your wallet through Lakeshore Motors and the Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 Ur Community. The way it works is that there will be a number of new Ford vehicles at the event to test drive. You go around the block, do a short survey, and for every test drive Ford will donate $20 to Frontline, up to $6,000,” explained Frazier.
Another way to support Frontline is through the silent auction of original art works created by participants in one of Frontline’s programs.
“This event celebrates the arts. At the end of the day we are a substance abuse center that celebrates recovery and creation in progress. One of our programs is the Tuesday night art program for clients out of treatment and in recovery. Some of the art created in that program will be on display and part of a silent auction. Some are dark, all are beautiful, and show hope and recovery,” Frazier said.
All the money raised through Hooked on Art will go right back to Frontline, according to Frazier. He said that the organization offers client treatment scholarships and are proud that through these scholarships they never turn anyone away. Frontline has offices in Chesterton and Valparaiso. For more information on Frontline or Hooked on Art, go online to www.frontlinefoundations.com, or call 728-1638.