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welcome to the international chalk art festival On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Victoria International Chalk Art Festival, I am delighted to welcome you all to our second annual street art experience. Street art is a heroic artistic venture. Artists from around the world Chair, Alan Thomas come to dedicate their time and their souls to the crafting of stunning, yet ever so fragile, creations on our roadways and sidewalks. They do this despite their knowledge that their images are transitory and will be gone long before the winter rains return to the City. Some of their work is traditional – gorgeous reproductions of classical paintings, for example. But much of the art is original and innovative. Some is so unique that the throngs of enthusiasts who come to the festival find it difficult to tear themselves away. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention two additional aspects of the festival. The first is our ongoing appreciation of Victoria’s First Nations communities. The images that rise from First Nations traditions have once again enhanced the festival in an extraordinary manner. The same is true of their performing arts. We welcome and treasure this important contribution. As well, every year we invite children to join in the creative process - to get down on their hands and knees and join in the fun. That participation is transformative to both the pavement and the fledgling artists. So welcome to the festival. I promise that you’ll never again look at these roadways without recalling the artistic magic you’ve seen here..

Alan Thomas

It is my great pleasure to offer greetings and best wishes to all the artists, visitors and participants at the second annual Victoria International Chalk Art Festival. Located on Mayor, Dean Fortin the Coast Salish Sea on the southeast tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is green and beautiful year-round. Victoria is home to Canada’s oldest Chinatown and British Columbia’s Parliament Buildings and features stunning turn-of-the-century architecture throughout the city. Our historic buildings, panoramic views, and stunning harbor just a few of the treasures that make Victoria such a unique and wonderful city. There is also an incredible sense of spirit in Victoria - a spirit of fun. We see it in the numerous festivals that take place each year in our city. We see it in the enthusiasm of event organizers and volunteers. We see it in our community’s passionate support of these events. The International Chalk Art Festival is a prime example of that spirit. For two days in September, artists from around the world literally bring art to the street – and that art continues to bring joy for many days after the event. Street art is symbolic of the spirit of our City – our ability to bring our streets to life with passion, creativity and imagination. This year’s event is particularly special as it is themed around our local First Nations communities. Thank you for visiting Victoria. I wish you all the best at this wonderful event.

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First Nations Art and Culture A foundation of Victoria’s celebration of art Victoria International Chalk Art Festival is only two years old and has already made a name for itself as Canada’s largest festival of its kind. A feature that continues to contribute to and enrich this reputation is the inclusion of artists from our First Nation Communities as well as the celebration of First Nations art and culture during the run of the festival. Of course, it’s only right that any artistic venture in Victoria includes our First Nations community. The people of the Coast Salish, the Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwakaw’akw made this land their home for thousands of years before Captain Cook arrived in 1778. The First Nations had cultivated unique languages and traditions within a varied collection of nations based on a village life structure. That nation structure had also led to a spiritual, cultural and artistic development that was the most diverse and arguably the most splendid in Canada. They were, and continue to be, a cultured people. Proof of that long cultural tradition can be found in the artistic beauty of archeological sites throughout Vancouver Island in petroglyphs and pictographs dating Celebrating 25 years Thank You Victoria!

back up to 3000 years. Of course the art can also be found in the Royal BC Museum and at Thunderbird Park where one of the country’s most important collections of First Nations carving are on display. But First Nations art is not just a thing of the past. It is alive and well in present day galleries around Victoria; galleries that feature the work of amazing First Nations artists. That culture can also be seen daily in the work of First Nations artisans. They have a long standing home on our inner harbour where people from around the world marvel at the intricate carvings, jewelry and other crafters’ creations from the regions First Nations communities. And perhaps it’s that current cultural contribution that Victoria’s International Chalk Art Festival is the proudest to showcase. Along with artist and artisans, we’ll also be hosting singers, dancers, and drummers from our First Nations Communities. Their work will join with the work of artists and artistic styles from around the world. The net effect will be to to transform our streets with this magical, exhilarating art form.

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Victoria’s Government Street

History, Commerce, Food, Fun, Ghosts and now… Art. At one end is the Inner Harbour. You walk over what was once a tidal mud flat and admire the Empress Hotel on your right. Unbeknownst to most people today, the hotel rests on a forest of wooden piles; thousands of trees driven into the mud so that the railway hotel could welcome the well to do to our City. Water is still pumped in under the hotel to keep the piles from rotting. Oh, and if you gaze up at the sixth floor you may catch a glimpse of the hotel’s resident ghost. Continue down the street and, at the end of your walk down Government, you find the oldest Chinatown in Canada. Once home to opium dens and gambling, it is now a stunning historical site with secret alleyways and authentic food and merchandise. Government Street; it’s not a long walk, but that ‘heritage mile’ covers some pretty interesting real estate. Once you would have had to cross two wooden bridges to make the trip. There was a time when the horse drawn carriages full of tourists that we see today didn’t exist. The horses and carriages carried travelers and freight. The street was also home to some pretty interesting characters, to be sure. Thomas Harris, the City’s first mayor and a great, heavy, bluster of a man walked the street in his bulging black waistcoat… greeting citizens, shaking hands and slapping the backs of supporters. Robert Service worked at the Canadian

Imperial Bank of Commerce on Government. He watched the prospectors come and go and absorbed the inspiration for his Songs of the Sourdough and other works. Emily Carr lived nearby. You might have seen her walk the street with her pet monkey perched upon her shoulder. These ghosts of those years gone by remain; literally. For example, Roger’s Chocolates at 913 Government Street may be a national historic site, but it’s said that Charles and Leah Rogers never left the place. There are reports that handprints regularly appear on the mirror, high above the door. Still, for all of the amazing history and architecture of Government Street, it has always been the people of Victoria and their love of the street that has made it special. Shop owners, tourists, residents, businessmen and buskers; they’re what makes Government Street a unique place in Victoria. You see, the buildings aren’t museums; they are alive and vibrant. People eat and drink in those buildings. They shop and do business. They are entertained. They live there. That’s the Government Street of today. And this year the street will continue to make history. The street will be blocked to vehicular traffic on September 14th and 15th to allow for a fantastic exposition of street art. The second Victoria International Chalk Art Festival brings talented artists from around North America and the street will, for a time, be transformed into a place of even greater beauty and imagination. Beyond the tourists and residents of today’s Victoria, we can’t help but think Service, Carr and the rest of the ghosts of Government Street will be pleased with the event as well. 7


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Artist profile

Leon Keer

Amsterdam, Netherlands Leon Keer is a Dutch pop-surrealist artist from the Netherlands who is a world leading artist in anamorphic (3D) street art.

to the street and its residents, the temporary fact about this form strengthens its existence�, says Keer.

He learned to paint through designing and producing large advertising murals for multinationals and has executed commissions in Europe, the United States, the United Arabic Emirates, Australia and several Asian countries. His knowledge of materials, acquired by painting on all kinds of foundations for his clients, led to an interest in experimenting with materials and techniques. His paintings have also been exhibited various galleries and art shows around the world.

A message seems to be present in his work. Current issues are reviewed, such as current environmental concerns and the livability of this world. The artist observes great impotence and with that a certain degree of indifference from the individual. Leon Keer is constantly aware of the beautiful versus the ugly, a contrast that he expresses and amplifies in his work and which he uses as a metaphor for life.

His 3D street paintings are temporary but the images are shared via social media all over the world. “Every street art piece is unique and belongs

His paintings reflect his thoughts, confronting the viewer with the diseased spirit of our times, visible decay counter-pointing a timeless longing for unspoiled beauty. His subjects and images are entirely contemporary: they could be freeze frames from a video clip.

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Kurt Wenner Inventor of 3D Chalk Art Kurt Wenner is an internationally acclaimed artist who invented an art form all his own that has come to be known as anamorphic or (space) 3D art. He taught more than a hundred thousand students over a 10-year period and received the Kennedy Center Medallion in recognition of his outstanding contribution to arts education. When Pope John Paul II arrived in Mantua, Italy, Wenner was commissioned to create an original composition for a 15’ x 75’ street painting based on the Last Judgment. On September 14th, while our chalkers are at work, Munro’s Books at 1108 Government Street will host Wenner for a book signing from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come and meet the artist who started it all!

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Artist Profiles

Ian Morris Ian Morris Victoria, British Columbia Victoria, British Columbia

Celebrating First Nations of British First Columbia Celebrating Nations of British Columbia September 14th & 15th

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Lori Escalara Vista, California Lori Escalara Vista, California

Lori Escalera created her first Lori first streetEscalera paintingcreated in 1994her and she street painting in 1994 and she has never lost her passion for has never lost her passion for the art form. the art form. She lives in California, but her She but her worklives has in onCalifornia, several occasions work has on several occasions taken her accross the length taken her accross length and breadth of thethe USA. and breadth of the USA. Lori believes that art is about Lori believes thathas artbeen is about sharing and she sharing and she has been her passion with thousands of students of all ages across the continent. sharing her passion with thousands of students of all ages across the continent. 13


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Artist profiles

Jonas Mitchell Salt Lake City, Utah

Jonas helped Utah Foster Care Foundation initiate the first Chalk Art Festival in 2003. Since then, he has donated countless hours of his time to benefit Utah’s children in foster care. Street painting is a hobby and Jonas plans for weeks before laying out his masterpieces.

Steve Platt Selah, Washington

Thirteen years ago, a friend convinced Steve to try street painting. After experimenting with chalk pastel in a 6 X 8ft format, he was hooked. Steve is not new to the art world: he has been an art teacher for the past 25 years and has gradually expanded his travels across the US. When composing Steve tries to make every piece totally original, and no to pieces have been the same.

Michael Las Casas West Palm Beach, Florida

Michael has been drawing his whole life. Michael says, “street painting is one of the most enjoyable mediums and venues there are. I love being out in the open air, surrounded by people, ‘performing’ and teaching, and meeting so many people”.

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Artist profiles

Cynthia Kostylo Cynthia Kostylo Carlsbad, California Carlsbad, California Cynthia Kostylo Cynthia says that when you’re Carlsbad, California

Cynthia that when you’re an artist says the possibilities are an artist says theendless! possibilities are this Cynthia that when you’re colourfully As such, colourfully endless! As such, an artist possibilities are this artist usesthe chalk, paints, paper, artist uses chalk, paints, paper, colourfully endless! As such, this canvas, interior or exterior walls, canvas, interior or exterior walls, artist uses chalk, paints, paper, asphalt, concrete, boards or even asphalt, concrete, orwalls, even canvas, orboards exterior roofing interior paper! roofing asphalt, paper! concrete, boards or even roofing paper!

Jeanie Burns Jeanie Burns West Palm Beach, Florida West Palm Beach, Florida Jeanie Burns Jeanie’s first encounter with West Palm Beach, Florida

Jeanie’s first encounter with street painting was as an art Jeanie’s first encounter with street painting was as an art history student while studystreet painting was as an art history student while studying in Italy. She was instantly history student while studying in Italy. She was instantly enthralled by the concept, ing in Italy.in She instantly enthralled by thewas concept, especially the way that enthralled by the concept, especially in the way it brought art back tothat large especially in the way that it broughtof artpeople; back to large of numbers people it brought art back to large of numbers of people; people all ages and social standings. numbers of people; people of all ages and social standings. She sees her work as a tribute all ages and social standings. She sees her work as a tribute to the street painters who She sees work as awho tribute to the street painters started ither all centuries ago. to the street painters who started it all centuries ago. started it all centuries ago.

Susanne Ma Susanne Ma Los Angeles, California Los Angeles, California Susanne Ma Born in Germany and raised in Los Angeles, California

Born in Germany and raised Taiwan, Susanne began streetin Taiwan, Susanne began street Born in Germany andwas raised painting in 2002 and im-in painting infond 2002ofand imTaiwan, Susanne began mediately thewas artstreet form. mediately fond ofand the art form. painting inby 2002 was imTechnical trade, but always Technical trade, but always mediately fond of the form. striving forby balance inart life, she striving forbybalance in life, sheto Technical trade, but always is compelled and committed is compelled and committed striving forthrough balance in life, sheto expression the Arts. expression through the Arts. to is compelled and committed expression through the Arts. 19


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Artist profiles

Cathy Gallatin Cathy Gallatin Medford, Oregon Medford, Oregon Medford, Oregon

For the past thirteen years, Cathy For the past and thirteen years, has painted drawn in allCathy has painted and drawn in allfor manners of disciplines and manners of disciplines and for purposes that are both aesthetic purposes that are Cathy both aesthetic and professional. has been and professional. Cathy has a professional participant inbeen astreet professional participant in art festivals since 2003. street art festivals since 2003.

Jo Lalonde Jo Lalonde Toronto, Ontario Toronto, Ontario Toronto, Ontario

Jo Lalonde is the Jo Lalonde is This the is her ChalkChick. ChalkChick. This her lucky 7th year as aisstreet lucky 7th year as a street performing chalk artist, performing chalk artist, and her fourth year doing and her fourth year doing this full time. You may find this full time. You may Jo anywhere as she lovesfind Jo anywhere as her she art loves to travel, share and to travel, share and bring smiles to her the art faces of bring smiles to the faces of as many people as possible! as many people as possible!

Joel Yau Joel Yau San Rafael, California San Rafael, California

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Since 1997, Joel has been particiSince Joelpainting has beenfestivals participating1997, in street pating in street painting festivals all over the world. His skilled all overoutgoing the world. His skilledand hands, personality hands, outgoing personality and love of this ephemeral art have love of this ephemeral art have made Joel a very successful chalk made Joeland a very successful muralist his work in thischalk muralist and his work in this arena has won many accolades arena has won many accolades and awards. and awards. 21


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IncludingFirst FirstNations NationsSingers, Singers,Dancers, Dancers,and andDrummers Drummers Including

Iskwew Singers Singers Iskwew Coming from the Cree Nation of Canada, each artist descends from a long line of singComing from the Cree Nation of Canada, each artist descends from a long line of singers. Krystle Pederson, Sandy Scofield and Fara Palmer are all award winners with active ers. Krystle Pederson, Sandy Scofield and Fara Palmer are all award winners with active careers in other forms of music and art. Through Iskwew, these powerful singers bring the careers in other forms of music and art. Through Iskwew, these powerful singers bring the songs and sounds of their rich and vibrant culture to the ears of the world. songs and sounds of their rich and vibrant culture to the ears of the world.

Jamin Zuroski Zuroski Jamin

Jamin Zuroski is of the Namgis First Nation Jamin Zuroski is of the Namgis First Nation and Polish decent. He has lived in Victoria, and Polish decent. He has lived in Victoria, B.C. for most of his life. This is also where B.C. for most of his life. This is also where many of his family members and artistic many of his family members and artistic mentors live. Jamin has studied and practised mentors live. Jamin has studied and practised much of his cultural heritage through West much of his cultural heritage through West Coast Native Art and learned most of his Coast Native Art and learned most of his artistic teachings from Victor and Carey Newartistic teachings from Victor and Carey Newman. He works with a variety of mediums man. He works with a variety of mediums including canvas, wood panel and murals. including canvas, wood panel and murals.

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Grazie di Curtatone, Italy Street painting has been recorded throughout Europe since the 16th century. Street Painters, (also called chalk artists) a name these performance artists are most commonly called in North America are historically called I Madonnari in Italy because they recreated images of the Madonna. The Italian I Madonnari were itinerant artists, many of whom had been brought into the cities to work on the huge cathedrals. When the work was done, they needed to find another way to make a living, and thus would often recreate the paintings from the church onto the pavement. Aware of festival and holy days in each province and town, they traveled to join in the festivities to make a living from observers who would throw coins if they approved of the artist’s work. For centuries I Madonnari were folk artists, reproducing simple images with crude materials such as tiles, coal and chalk until World War II disrupted their tradition and reduced their numbers. In 1972, street painting was being promoted again by the formation of a festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy and today the performance art-form is recognized all over the world. In the 1980s, Kurt Wenner invented 3D pavement art, or one-point perspective art, inspired by anamorphic perspective, which appeared as proper perspective only when viewed from a specific angle. 27


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