Perry Chalk Art Festival This Weekend

Billy T —  Monday, July 8, 2013

Come to downtown Perry for a Saturday of fantastic food, fine art and fabulous summer fun at the seventh annual Perry Chalk Art Festival.

0On July 13th, over 50 chalk artists descend upon downtown Perry to create fine works of temporary, outdoor art. Festival-goers can also expect moving music from Kelly’s Old Timers, Creek Bend and Penny Whiskey, an opportunity to taste cuisine from fine regional restaurants, projects for kids, and delicious homegrown produce and unique gifts at the extended Farmers’ Market and Perry Public Market. The Chalk Art Festival runs from 8:30AM to 4:00PM.

Stroll downtown Perry and see professional artists shape gigantic pastel artworks on the theme “Believe it or Not”. Cheer on youth artists competing for prizes. View the three dimensional street artwork. Or be inspired yourself and add a square to the Festival’s Chalk Quilt. Get your face painted by Mugsy the Clown, create crafts with the Girl Scouts and try other fun chalk and kid activities.

Music lovers can experience live performances all day on the outdoor festival stage. Kelly’s Old Timers will have the crowd up and ready to square dance, waltz, polka, or just tap their toes and have fun. Eden bluegrass phenomenon Creek Bend will take the stage with a special blend of contemporary and traditional bluegrass, seasoned with a smattering of Cajun, country and humor. Penny Whiskey’s Celtic style will bring out the Irish in everyone.

And good news for shoppers and strollers! The combined Public and Farmers’ Markets will offer 65 vendors to peruse and visit.

Foodies can feast their eyes on fantastic chalk art and then fill their stomachs with delectable dishes at the “Taste of Summer” fine dining event from noon-3pm. Tickets are 20 for $15 pre-sale, or a dollar each at the event. For two tickets per taste, festival-goers get a sample of a succulent seasonal dish created by six regional chefs and inspired by the freshest of local ingredients. Two award-winning regional wineries and a local herbal tea maker will also be on site.

01Artists will put finishing touches on their works by 3:00pm and the 4:00 closing ceremony will feature artist and sponsor recognition and prizes.

For a complete event schedule, please refer to www.perrychalkfestival.com. If significant rainfall is forecast, the Chalk Art Festival will take place on Saturday, July 20th.

Make sure to explore other events taking place in Perry on July 13th, including the Tour de Per’-RY community bike ride.

For more information contact Meghan Hauser at (585) 237 5375.

This special event is made possible through generous contributions from the Village and Town of Perry, from the Perry Chamber of Commerce and from local businesses, volunteers and organizations. The event is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, administered in Wyoming County by the Arts Council for Wyoming County.