About Pacific NW Chalk Fest

Free and family friendly!


Redmond Town Center
164th Avenue NE & NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052




Redmond Town Center boasts two covered parking garages and several open-air parking lots – all free of charge.
Covered Parking Lot Entrances: NE 76th Street and NE 73rd Way

The second annual Pacific NW Chalk Fest welcomes internationally recognized chalk art form to the Puget Sound region this August 17-19. This family-friendly event will feature internationally, nationally and regionally renowned chalk artists for a showcase as they transform Redmond Town Center into pastel masterpieces August 17-19.


Archer Hotel

Set in Redmond Town Center, Archer is a seven-story boutique hotel with a sophisticated Northwest vibe and quirky, curated luxuries.
Click Here for PNW ChalkFest Special Booking Rate!


As you peruse street murals, enjoy the annual Redmond Town Center merchant Sidewalk Sale, artful sips and bites from RTC merchants, kids activities, and live music all weekend! This is a great weekend to stock up on your favorite staples and back-to-school gear. Visit https://redmondtowncenter.com/event/pacific-nw-chalk-fest-sidewalk-sale/ for details.



About Pacific NW Chalk Fest

The 2017 PNW ChalkFest attracted people from all over the Western US. Over 50,000 attended and joined in the art and activities. This year’s artists were given free reign to create whatever they wished. This resulted in an amazing variety of works.

Redmond Town Center provided the perfect location for the artists and the audience to experience the event in a grand style.The final works became stunning masterpieces that appealed to children and adults of all ages.
Photography and social media posting became instant mode of communications, as people told their Facebook Friends about the event, and posted Instagram and Snapchat photos to show the daily progression of the art.

Here’s a link to King 5’s coverage on New Day NW.

About Redmond Town Center

Redmond Town Center  is the Eastside’s premiere, outdoor, lifestyle Center. Redmond Town Center has more than 110 shops, restaurants, lodging, and entertainment venues in an outdoor environment.

More info at: http://redmondtowncenter.com/

7525 166th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052

History of Chalk Art and Street Painting

The origins of modern street painting can be traced to Britain. Pavement artists were found all over the United Kingdom and by 1890 it was estimated that more than 500 artists were making a full-time living from pavement art in London alone.

The British term for pavement artist is “screever”. The term is derived from the writing style, often Copperplate, that typically accompanied the works of pavement artists since the 1700s. The term screever is most commonly cited as Shakespearean slang dating from around 1500.

The works of screevers often were accompanied by poems and proverbs, lessons on morality, and political commentary on the day’s events. They were described as “producing a topical, pictorial newspaper of current event.”[citation needed] They appealed to both the working people, who (on the whole) could not read or write, but understood the visual images; and to the educated members of the middle-classes who appreciated the moral lessons and comments. It was important for a screever to catch the eye of the ‘well to do’ and in turn attract the pennies donated for their efforts.

Street painters, (also called chalk artists) a name these performance artists are most commonly called in the United States are called I Madonnari in Italy (singular form: madonnaro or madonnara) because they recreated images of the Madonna. In Germany Strassenmaler (streets: straßen, painter: maler).

The Italian Madonnari have been traced to the sixteenth century. They were itinerant artists, many of whom had been brought into the cities to work on the huge cathedrals. When the work was completed, they needed to find another way to make a living, and thus often would recreate the paintings from the church onto the pavement. Aware of festivals and holy days held in each province and town, they traveled to join in the festivities to make a living from observers who would throw coins if they approved of the artist’s work. For centuries, many Madonnari were folk artists, reproducing simple images with crude materials such as tiles, coal, and chalk. Others, such as El Greco, would go on to become household names.

In 1973, street painting was being promoted in Italy by the formation of a two-day festival in Grazie di Curtatone in the Province of Mantua.

In the 1980s, Kurt Wenner practiced ‘3-D pavement art’, or one-point perspective art, otherwise known as anamorphic art, a 500-year-old technique, which appears in proper perspective only when viewed from a specific angle.

The first recorded street-painting competition and ‘festival’ was held in London in 1906.