Flimp Festival: Chalk Celebration
Saturday, May 1; 10:00 AM–3:00 PM CDT
On Saturday, May 1, all are invited to celebrate Flimp in the Museum’s Caddell Sculpture Garden. Visitors will enjoy outdoor art activities, yard games, and live performances by regional musicians Calliope Pettis and Wanda Wesolowski. Additionally, nationally renowned chalk artist Jennifer Richardson will be demonstrating her chalk skills in the Education Courtyard. Richardson will be creating a work inspired by the art walk, A Stroll with Shakespeare: The Boydells and the Bard, on view now around Newell Lake in Blount Cultural Park. The first 250 groups to visit will receive a free 32-piece chalk set to take home.
In the event of inclement weather, Flimp will be rescheduled for the following Saturday, May 8 at the same time.
This program is part of Flimp:
Support for the Flimp Festival is provided by lead sponsor The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.
Meet the Chalk Artist
Jennifer Richardson loves connecting people to the arts through creating, teaching, and experiencing art in person. While teaching art history at The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville, she organized her students to participate in the first Nashville Chalk Festival and has participated every year since. As her interest in chalk art grew, she began traveling to various festivals and became a member of the International Street Painting Society and the Georgia Chalk Artists Guild. When she isn’t covered in chalk, Jennifer puts her M.A. in art history to use as the Education and Curatorial Assistant at the Nashville Parthenon and providing art lessons to her local community through her own art haven, Golden House Studio.
2019 Albany Museum of Art Chalk Fest – Winner in the Professional Category
2019 Arcadia Chalk Festival – Winner in Expert Category
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Meet the Musicians
Calliope Pettis is a classically trained vocalist, self-taught multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, performer, and teaching artist. She believes everyone has the ability to create and enjoys empowering people of all ages to use their unique voices to participate.
Wanda Wesolowski has spent the last decade in Huntsville focused on writing and performing catchy original songs that speak on sensitive matters of the heart. Sharing insights from adolescence with unapologetic sincerity, Wesolowski aims to connect her audience, promising beautifully crafted melodies listeners can’t help but sing along to.