Tacoma Urbanist

May. 15, 2008 at 12:05am

Frost Park Chalk: Can Lupin Defend Her Title This Time?

(This Friday 5/16/2006 is Frost Park Chalk Off at noon at 9th and Pacific Avenue. All are welcome)


Frost Park Flashback: Episode I


In Episode I, the very first chalk off, Andrea, known then only as the Unknown Artist defeated RR Anderson much to his dismay.  In a rare insight from RR, he explained:

my friends, i'm not going to spin this one. I had my ass handed to me on a plate this time.

A crushing day for our city of Tacoma cartoonist.  Defeated at his own event.


Andrea displaying the now common "chalk gesture" with her winning submission "Horse of a Different Color."

Failing to defend her title of Best Illustrator in the Universe of Tacoma in Episode II, the title was scooped up by RR Anderson.

Having forfeited her initial title of "Best Illustrator in the Universe of Tacoma" after Episode I, Andrea struggled but was unable to prevail again for a month.

The question arose as to whether Lupin, the one time star of Frost Park, had sufficient "game" to ever take the title again.

Indisputably, Andrea has considerable artist skills demonstrated in other mediums.  However, could she acclimate to the brutish conditions of Frost Park which contestants like Stowe seemed to thrive?


Andrea's Chalk Tactics at Frost Park: Re-loaded


In addition to employing considerable craft, here's how she appeared to prevail in Episode V:

First, she changed her chalking style.  Abandoning her wispy ethereal approach, Andrea employed black chalk (charcoal?) for the first time and solid colors which make for a more striking presentation.

Second, she based her chalk art entry on a strong Tacoma theme, pretty much a necessity for Frost Park entries, and a quality some of her earlier pieces lacked  In this case, she took a 72 hour film festival entry and melded it with her artistic strengths making a monster frog of sorts.

Here was Andrea's winning entry in the last Frost Park Challenge:





So stunning was her piece, renowned Tacoma artist Lancy Kagey from Beautiful Angle, and a Chalk Off Contestant was overwhelmed and quickly conceded defeat:




Andrea Trenbeath, The frog. or is that an iguana? gila monster? You are very talented and I graciously bow to your skill. Beautiful.

In all four, challengers ended up voting for her piece in Episode V.


Thus, with Andrea leading the Frost Chalk Challengers, the only participant to have accumulated two wins, and having acclimated to the often brutish chalking conditions, one must ask: Is there any artist in the city of Tacoma with sufficient skill, confidence and valor to defeat her?

We will see.


This Friday:


Episode VI : Week 6: 5/16/2008



Andrea "Lupin Goddess" Trenbeath Lowen




(photograph and art by Andrea Trenbeth Lowen.  Website at Unstable Arts)

Versus

 

Frost Park Challengers. From left to right: Joe Izenmania, Elle, RR Anderson, Andrea “LupinGoddess” Trenbeath Lowen, Dawn, Lance Kagey and Stowe.

AND


Anyone, of any skill level, who would like to try putting chalk to pavement.

There are usually quite a number of chalk pieces lying around.  I expect a couple of new people to show up this week and give their shot at the prize.  No registration necessary.

There is no faster method to publicly establish one's artistic skill in Tacoma that I know of than to prevail in a chalk off episode.

Sponsor 


Laura Hanan from Brick and Mortar Gallery, formally known as the unknown artist in Episode IV.  Another first for Frost Park: a contestant becomes a sponsor.


The Prize - A Night of Luxury and Mystery


The victor of Frost Park Chalk Off Episode VI will enjoy one overnight stay in one of the full furnished luxury condominiums in the Rowland Building 813 Pacific Avenue (adjacent to Paddy Coynes).  The condo is used by various corporate executives who visit Tacoma and was listed at one time for nearly $500,000.  The property can be leased on VRBO.com.




(All of this for one hour effort)

See everyone at Frost Park this Friday
Bring a friend.

For more information see:

Prize Post


Frost Park Chalk Off Scoreboard (Synopsis of Episodes I - V)

Frost Park Chalk Off Rule Book


comments [14]  |  posted under tacoma

Comments

by ensie on 5/15/2008 @ 1:32am
Please note that anyone is welcome to challenge the current champion with your mad chalk skillz.

by Erik on 5/15/2008 @ 12:16pm
Please note that anyone is welcome to challenge the current champion with your mad chalk skillz.

Yes. Hopefully, more people will be drawn out to Frost Park given the expected good weather. Chalkies, people eating their lunch or just talking.

Kevin has posted on Feed Tacoma, a new banner for this week in the battle art format made by Andrea.



www.feedtacoma.com/home.php

by Dave L. on 5/15/2008 @ 12:42pm
Cool!
And wow, look at that sun! Last night it looked like all the surfaces less than 90-degrees from horizontal were washed pretty clean. Lance might soon run out of vertical surfaces, though. I’m glad the “anyone, of any skill level” (thanks, ensie) is still being pushed for those of us without the skill, confidence, and valor required FTW. I hope to soon return to help carry the banner of the non-artist and fight this chalk-art gentrification created as the bar is pushed beyond reach! Alas, I will be is a larger city to the north (I forgot what it’s called) this Friday. I’m working on an idea, though, which as of yet is still pretty lame. Chalk on!

by Erik on 5/15/2008 @ 12:49pm
I’m glad the “anyone, of any skill level” (thanks, ensie) is still being pushed for those of us without the skill, confidence, and valor required FTW.

Yes, it is open to anyone Dave L.. One person simply chalked something bashing Seattle. The surprise pieces often from Unknown Artists bring alot of excitement to the event.

But with that said, you could just win it. You came within a couple of votes of winning in Episode IV in 18 minutes. Bring those bulk chalk dispensers and give it another shot.

by NineInchNachos on 5/15/2008 @ 1:13pm
*** CHALK ARTIST ADVISORY WARNING ***

knowledge reports high chance of sunshine and heat for the upcoming frost park chalk art challenge.. make sure to dress in light attire, that your mask/helmets are equipped with enlarged breathing holes. In fact floppy sun hats are advised. Drink plenty of water before hand or carry a canteen. Coffee and Hot Chocolate are not advised. If you decide to wear sandals and shorts be aware that rough concrete will scrape your knees leaving your vulnerable to pathogens or other scum-based illnesses. Should you accidentally scratch a portion of your fleshy corporeal self on the sidewalk, apply a thick layer of chalk sentiment to clot the injury to keep evil spirits out and good spirits in.

Thank you.

*** END TRANSMISSION ***

by NineInchNachos on 5/15/2008 @ 1:16pm
hey I got a chuckle out of the tiny lance head graphic contrasted against all the large scary images in this post.

by intacoma on 5/15/2008 @ 1:18pm
hey elle dont worry about that guy that waved at you today on the link, that was me... you look sorta weirded out so I thought I would just let you know here.

by Dave L. on 5/15/2008 @ 1:42pm
Haha - Hey, intacoma, I waved like an idiot out the car window to different artist I surprisingly encountered this week, then almost posted the same thing for the same reason! Turns out she didn't see me tho. But I later thought the stick of chalk I held out the window may have looked really odd.

by intacoma on 5/15/2008 @ 1:50pm
ha nice!

by Erik on 5/15/2008 @ 2:11pm
knowledge reports high chance of sunshine and heat for the upcoming frost park chalk art challenge.. make sure to dress in light attire,

Thanks for the advisement.

Unfortunately, I have no choice but to wear full battle gear tomorrow. Two worlds will collide.

by intacoma on 5/15/2008 @ 2:28pm
maybe make the chalk offs clothing optional?

by jamesstoweart on 5/15/2008 @ 3:39pm
Trust me on how much you don't want a "skins" Stowe squatting over a chalk square.

However, if the threat of such an atrocity secures me victory then assume if I don't win there will be obese streaking.

by Elle on 5/15/2008 @ 4:36pm
hey elle dont worry about that guy that waved at you today on the link, that was me.

I knew it was someone I recognized just couldn't place a name. And don't worry. I always have that dazed and confused look on my face. There ain't too much goin' on up between my ears when that 3 year old is so close. He sucks my will to think.

by izenmania on 5/15/2008 @ 4:46pm
I always have that dazed and confused look on my face.

Yep, you had that look as you and the small one walked through the gap in front of me while I stood in the hot dog line, too :)