Feature Artist preview: Aldon Mines
Chalk It Up Feature Artist Aldon Mines spent the afternoon at Artpace yesterday, eliciting a lot of attention from Main Avenue passersby with his colorful chalk graphics.
Mines, a graduate of Texas State University, is a San Antonio-based sculptor who works with wood to create kinetic sculptures with audio components. It’s always interesting to see how our Chalk It Up artists’ varying practices translate into chalk work. Mines intends to integrate architectural, three-dimensional elements into his mural, imbuing the flat surface of the sidewalk with some serious perspective.
Artpace’s 9th Annual Chalk It Up festival takes place on downtown Houston Street on Saturday, October 13, 2012. This free, family-friendly event that promotes the importance of art education and proudly exhibits San Antonio’s creative vivacity by providing hands-on activities led by professional art educators, as well as interactions with contemporary artists. Our Showcase and Feature artists are always selected locally—they’re some of the city’s best, and play a prominent role in the success and enjoyment of Chalk It Up. Artpace remains passionate about giving people an opportunity to explore their relationship with not only contemporary art, but their hometown community. Chalk It Up 2012 is made possible by presenting sponsor Argo Group.
Last year, more than 18,500 people joined us on Houston Street! We’re expecting even more this year, of course. And while the entire event is free and open to the public, Chalk It Up wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and volunteers. Please consider contributing to the honorarium fund we’ve set up on Kickstarter to support our contemporary artists’ chalky creations. We need your help to reach our $2,000 goal by September 28. Pledges begin at just $1, but backers who pledge $25 or more will receive some fun incentives.
Image credit: Wassup Chalk It Up! Photo by Wendi Kimura