CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) – It’s been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And for the last four years, Clearwater Beach has been known as the place where professional chalk artist go to draw some of their most elaborate sketches.
And this weekend, the city will celebrate its fourth annual Beach Chalk Art Festival with more than 40 chalk artist from all over the world.
“You either love it or hate it. It’s very physically and demanding artwork,” said Shane Mesmer who came all the way from Florida’s east coast with her boyfriend David Lapore to work on separate drawings.
“I consider it to be like a big coloring book. That I just color in,” Mesmer said of her re-creation of a drawing from another artist called “Loves me, Loves me not”.
“We will be finished by Sunday. And that’s about it. It’s a very long process. Chalking is not quick so it takes several days,” she added.
A couple of artist down on the baywalk and Lapore, who is an artist from West Palm Beach was chalking a trilogy of one of his favorite actors movies.
“This here is going to be three portraits of Robert De Niro,” Lapore said of what was only the outline of two of the three of his images.
“This here is Good Fellas, Taxi Driver… And Good Father II,” Lapore said as he had already filled in most of the work of his De Niro “Good Fellas” image.
Tiffany Kelly who is known on social media by the screen name “Chalk_N_Awe” left here three kids at home in Ohio, so she could have her first solo vacation in a long time.
‘This is sort of a bucket list thing for me. I am a stay at home mom and so I don’t get out a lot. This is actually my first trip alone… Ever…
And although winning the top prize is important for Tiffany, It’s more important that people appreciate her work.
‘I chalked all summer in Dayton and all of my Chalk gigs paid for my trip down here so I am really excepted to be here, Kelly said as she was chalking a lot of the designs of the events sponsors.
Clearwater Beach’s Chalk Art Festival runs through Sunday where a winner will be declared by spectators voting on their favorite art work. And come Monday morning, the city will power wash the chalk art right off the sidewalks of Clearwater Beach.