One of the coolest things about living here on Anna Maria Island is the fact that there’s a festival of some kind around every corner.
This weekend it was a brand new one.
The first ever Anna Maria Chalk Festival.
I had heard of chalk festivals before but never been to one. Let me tell you, it was awesome!
About 25 artists were there, some local, some not, to create their interpretation of this year’s theme: Historic Pine Avenue, from Pirates to Present.
Yes, you read that right: pirates. Anna Maria has a long history with pirates, and our own AMI Privateers were right in the middle of the action, handing out beads and inviting scallywags of all ages up onto their ship.
We went about an hour into the first day (of a two-day event), so most of the artists were just beginning their pieces. But that was kinda cool to see. We got to see them at the start of their process, gridding out their area on the street.
Throughout the street, we found giant chalkboard boxes, with a question on each side and cups of chalk for you to write or draw your answers.
The one below asked us to draw palm trees or anything beachy.
This one said, “What is your favorite thing about AMI?”
Jillian’s answer: “the schools.”
Trevor drew a sun.
Imagine my excitement when we came upon this question…
See my answer in the bottom right corner? Allow me to zoom in…
Nothing wrong with a little shameless self-promotion, right?
Another really cool interactive bit they had was the kids’ area (appropriately placed in front of the preschool). Cups of chalk and a square foot of blank street for each child to put their own personal stamp on.
Jillian’s is on the left. She says it’s “some kind of strange forest.” And Trevor drew… well, to be honest, I have no idea what that is, but he added a couple of T’s to make sure everyone knew it was his.
I really, really enjoyed the festival. It was held on a gorgeous weekend, and it was so close to home that we were able to walk (and bring our pup). The only regret I have is that we went so early on the first day that we didn’t get to see any finished drawings. We left town that afternoon, so we couldn’t go back the second day. Ah well, there’s always next year!
I’ll leave you with this: Trevor’s sweet answer to one of the chalkboard box questions…