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Chalk Festival at CMA 

When: Sat., Sept. 17 2011
Descended from the tradition of Renaissance-era Italian charcoal drawings, the Cleveland Museum of Art's annual Chalk Festival has been luring artists of all ages for more than two decades. This year's festivities, held in the Fine Arts Garden, will feature six professional chalk artists sharing both their creative process and their finished products, as well as ample opportunity for amateurs to make their marks. It's a collaborative arts effort unlike any other, says festival founder and artistic director Robin VanLear. "By Sunday afternoon, the garden looks like a colorful outdoor quilt covering the walkways." Also on tap: entertainment from local folk-rock maestros Cats on Holiday and the soulful melodies of the Blues DeVille Band. A large patch of sidewalk real estate will cost you $16, while a smaller artistic area goes for $8. Both price points include a pack of pastels, and registration is accepted at the door. Those more inclined to appreciate than to create get in for free. Today's hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; tomorrow's fun runs from noon to 5 p.m. — Boggs 11150 East Blvd., 216-707-2483, clevelandart.org.


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