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Elephant statues downtown moved to Kowal’s building

Elephant statues downtown moved to Kowal’s building

Snowflake, the albino Asian elephant, and her gray mate, Surus, who have been living in downtown Sarasota in Burns Square since last November, moved this past weekend to a quieter location. “We discovered that Snowflake is pregnant,” stated Denise Kowal, Sarasota Chalk Festival founder and chair who has accommodated the pair on her property outside […]

August 10, 2013 | Posted in In the news, News Shorts, Top Box | Read More »

‘Fast Life’ mural censored, removed

‘Fast Life’ mural censored, removed

The “Fast Life” mural is gone; whitewashed due to censorship over its perceived meaning. It was a skilled work of art that showed the

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diversity of different cultures and was highly successful in engaging the public, attracting both acclaim and condemnation. For our community that is ‘embracing our differences,’ the censorship removed the opportunity for growth and the rejection of hatred and prejudices.

April 21, 2012 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Censorship of art: ‘FAST LIFE’

Censorship of art: ‘FAST LIFE’

On the heels of successfully bringing the most important contemporary pavement art festival in the world to the Sarasota community, the Sarasota Chalk Festival was accused of creating a socially unacceptable work of art called “Fast Life.” Without any intent to do so, “Fast Life” is well on its way to becoming a valuable study of image and cultural stereotypes, which can either inhibit us or allow us to develop as a community and society.

December 10, 2011 | Posted in In the news, Top Box | Read More »

Sarasota is first city to feature chalk-set opera

Sarasota is first city to feature chalk-set opera

Sarasota will be the first city in the world to present live opera on a set rendered in chalk at the Fourth Annual Sarasota Chalk Festival. The unique addition to this year’s festival partners the Sarasota Opera with Avenida de Colores to present excerpts from “Madama Butterfly.” The excerpts will be performed on an outdoor […]

October 20, 2011 | Posted in In the news, Top Box | Read More »

The Sarasota Chalk Festival is on

The Sarasota Chalk Festival is on

Sarasota Chalk Festival Founder and Chairwoman Denise Kowal is not only making sure the streets are cleaned and shop windows are shined in preparation, but she is also pounding the pavement to ensure this year’s festival is world-class. The 2011 Sarasota Chalk Festival will feature performance art by more than 250 renowned chalk artists who will turn the downtown streets into a museum in motion

October 15, 2011 | Posted in In the news, Top Box | Read More »

Sarasota’s Chalk Festival in jeopardy

Sarasota’s Chalk Festival in jeopardy

New, stricter regulations passed by the Sarasota City Council may have washed away any hope for the 2011 Sarasota Chalk Festival to go on as planned. Chalk Festival Event Chairwoman and Founder Denise Kowal’s beloved Annual Sarasota Chalk Festival brings in artists from around the globe displaying their street art in Downtown Sarasota’s Pineapple Avenue. […]

September 29, 2011 | Posted in In the news, Top Box | Read More »

Chalk it up to passion, art

Chalk it up to passion, art

Sarasota artist, longtime Downtown commercial property owner, and Sarasota Chalk Festival Founder and Chairwoman Denise Kowal recently returned from Italy where she worked with the Grazie di Curtatone 24-hour Madonnari festival, which is the first street painting festival in the world. Kowal picked out Italian artists who will be traveling to Sarasota in November. The […]

August 26, 2011 | Posted in In the news, Key Events, Top Box | Read More »

Sarasota Chalk Festival gathers momentum with VIP party

Sarasota Chalk Festival gathers momentum with VIP party

The Sarasota Chalk Festival is revving up its engines and gathering momentum and excitement for its fourth festival, which will take place this fall from Nov. 1-7. The festival began in 2007 with 20 artists and 5,000 attendees

June 10, 2011 | Posted in In the news, Top Box | Read More »

Building Business

Building Business

J. Wood Realty, at 330 S. Pineapple Ave. in Sarasota, hosted an informal discussion and after hours gathering last Wednesday, with local business leaders. They spoke of the real estate market, city politics and the upcoming Chalk Festival, which graces the surrounding streets in the fall. Pictured is Realtor Marnie Matarese, neighbor and commercial property […]

May 1, 2011 | Posted in Business, Top Box | Read More »