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Marian Amodeo, director of ...
Marian Amodeo, director of the Lucy Robbin Welles Library in Newington, said the cuts would change the role of libraries in communities throughout the state.
"The Connecticut library communities over the years have raised awareness of public libraries so much that they have become community centers for the towns and cities they are in," she
"Participants pay a fee and get ...
"Participants pay a fee and get a 6-by-6-foot area of pavement in which they can create their art using sidewalk chalk," said Marian Amodeo, director of Lucy Wells Robins Library in Newington.The artists work from 7 a.m to 2 p.m., and shortly afterward, the winners are announced."There are cash prizes as well as gift certificates from Blick Art Supplies Store in Plainville," she said. Cash prizes range from $500 for first prize, $200 for second prize and $100 for first prize.As of Wednesday, more than 30 artists had already registered, although Amodeo said there is space for 40.Following the judging, there will be a reception for the artists at Finn McCool's Bar. The Chalk Walk is enjoyed by artists and observers alike."The public likes it because they can walk among the artists' work and track their progress," Amodeo said.
The Herald - Chalk Walk returns to highlight Waterfall Festival
"It's a competition that I had seen while I was in California and from the day I came back to Connecticut, I knew I wanted to implement it somehow," said Marian Amodeo, library director at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library and chair of the event."When we were first approached as they were organizing the Waterfall Festival, I knew it was the right time."Located right in the heart of the entire festival, 35 mapped-off 6-by-6 foot squares will be decorated using tempura chalk provided as part of the registration and other chalk materials purchased individually by the artists.In the past, scenes have included everything from a sunset in the horizon to landscapes of mountains, pictures of individuals, abstract work and more.Artists have the freedom to create whatever scenes they desire."One of the most exciting parts of this event for artists is having the opportunity to try their hand at something new," Amodeo said.
The blocks, located between the vendors, will have walk-ways surrounding them to allow visitors to actually watch the artists at work, Amodeo
explained.The event is open to artists in high school or older.There is a $20 registration fee which includes chalk and a 6-by-6 foot square.If it rains, the event will be held on Oct. 7.Sixteen artists have already signed up for the event, but there are still spaces available.The event is restricted to 35 artists at most.To register, contact Marian Amodeo at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library by calling (860) 665-8700.
"It was a success beyond my expectations," said Marian Amodeo, who came up with the idea for the Chalk Walk and chaired the organizing committee.Amodeo is also the director of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library.
Marian Amodeo, director of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, came up with the idea for the Chalk Walk after seeing it done in San Luis Obispo, Calif. when she was on a church mission two years ago.
"On that particular Sunday, they had their chalk art festival," she
"We talked about having a theme," said Amodeo
, who put together a Chalk Walk committee for organizing this event, which she
...Do Bartlett, whom Amodeo described as an artist and a noted judge of competitions in the area, will judge all the works.
The winner will receive $500; second-place will get $200; third will take home $100.The money comes from organizations and vendors who are paying to have booths at the festival as well as the festival's sponsors, according to Amodeo
.Sponsors include the Newington Rotary Club
, the Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library
, the Newington Republicans
and the Newington Chamber of Commerce
The Chalk Walk will take place along Market Square.In addition to the 48 pastels each participant will receive, people can bring their own chalk as long as it is water soluble.
"That's the unique part of this -- it's ephemeral art," Amodeo
A mural is being created for the festival and it will most likely be of Mill Pond Falls and the surrounding area, Amodeo
said.Children can come and color in the mural with chalk.
"Hopefully, they will be able to feel a part of the performance art that day," Amodeo
said."It (the Chalk Walk) wouldn't be an appropriate competition for children because it is just that -- a competition."
The registration form for the Chalk Walk is online at www.newingtonwaterfallfestival.org.Also on that Web site is a gallery of Chalk Walk pieces, so people can become more familiar with the art form.For more information, one can call Amodeo
at the library at (860) 665-8700.