Tacoma Urbanist

May. 27, 2008 at 12:01am

Next Chalk Off Prize: Custom Blown Glass Trophy

This Friday is Frost Park Chalk Off Episode VIII, the victor of which will receive a hand crafted commissioned blown glass trophy in memory of their victory against all other contestants at Frost Park.



I have been reluctant to offer "art" for Frost Park victors as most artists have a basement full of art of their own art that they have been trying to sell.  However, this is different.

Yes, once again, the value of this prize may well surpass any one offered to date.

Sponsor : Hilltop Artists In Residence




(Sponsor Plug)



Spring Sale

Hilltop Artists in Residence will hold a Spring Glass sale on Saturday, June 14 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Jason Lee Middle School, 602 N Sprague, Tacoma, WA  98403.

Starting at 8:00 AM, visitors will be invited to pick up a numbered ticket and then enjoy coffee or breakfast in the neighborhood before you return by 10:00 AM. Guests will be admitted in the order they first arrived.  We highly recommend arriving early to pick up a ticket as this sale has become VERY popular!

All sale proceeds go directly to fund program costs, including student scholarships, and supplies and materials.

Q&A Re: Winning Trophy for Episode VIII

Q1: If I prevail against all of the Frost Park Chalk Off Challengers, what do I win?

A1: Essentially a custom commissioned blown glass trophy celebrating your victory in Episode VIII.



Kathy Anderson, Outreach Coordinator with Hilltop Artists in Residence.

Q2: I don't work with glass, I draw (Tacomics, the MM Bridge, wolves, frogs and demons, gardens, etc.).  How can I design a glass trophy?

A2: Simply use your well honed artistic ability to sketch how you would like your victory trophy to look like.  The glass artists will take the sketch and turn it into glass to the maximum extent possible.  The victor may simply drop off a sketch, or preferably, make a sketch and sit back and watch their personalized trophy be made before their eyes.

Q3: Who will be constructing my glass trophy should I win Episode VIII?

A3: The experienced and highly skilled "production crew" of Hilltop Artists in Residence.  Some of the staff who are highly skilled glass artists themselves may work on the piece as well, some of whom have worked for Dale Chihuly





Q4: What is the connection between Dale Chihuly, the Tacoma School District and the Hilltop Artists in Residence?


A5: Chihuly was a co-founder of the program.  According to the Museum of Glass website

In 1994, Chihuly worked with Tacoma Public School District students and officials to found the Hilltop Artists in Residence Program, a not-for-profit organization that uses the privilege of working with molten glass to motivate students (ages 12-20) to stay in school.
Q6: Do the Hilltop Artists in Residence have a video?

A6: Yes.  If you look carefully, you can see Chihuly in it.




Q7: Will the prize for Episode VIII basically be a coupon to learn how to blow glass?


A7: No. The victor for Episode VIII need not even step foot in the hot shop.

They have the option of simply taking one of the items in the gallery if they wish.  However, having the glass artists craft a custom designed trophy will be far more valuable and meaningful to the winner.  There is an opportunity for the victor to get more involved in the process if they wish.

Q8: Is there a chance Dale Chihuly himself could drop by while my Frost Park Chalk Off trophy, should I win, is being constructed?


A8: Chihuly is listed as a honorary director and co-founder of Hilltop Artists in Residence and he certainly does stop by occasionally.  Yet, the chances of him stopping in at this time are slight.

Q9: Will the creation of a customized glass victory trophy from the Hilltop Artists in Residence create the coveted "win-win" dynamic, the benefits  of which we hear so much about Tacoma?


A9: Yes.  The Hilltop Artists in Residence and staff will receive publicity about their sale event of glass on June 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..  Perhaps more importantly, the Hilltop Artists in Residence get to meet the "Best  Illustrator in the Universe of Tacoma" from Frost Park Chalk Off Episode VII.

Meanwhile, the Chalk Off victor for Episode VIII will receive a well deserved custom designed glass blown trophy for which will certainly be a hard fought victory.  Will the trophy be a turtle? A hot dog?  A werewolf?  A flower? A vegetable?  Murray Morgan Bridge?  The possibilities are endless.

I have been to the Hilltop Artists in Residence hot shop and met a number of the staff and students.  They know who the Frost Park Chalk Off Challengers are. They have been watching from close and afar.  They know well the visibility the trophy for Episode VIII will attract and are prepared and ready to "bring it" (as Stowe would say) in glass blowing with the same skill and valor exhibited each week at Frost Park.


For more information see:

Hilltop Artists in Residence
Glass Sale
Saturday, June 14th   10am-1pm

Jason Lee Middle School,
602 N Sprague, Tacoma, WA  98403

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Comments

by intacoma on 5/27/2008 @ 6:25am
Great prize and cause, I used to be part of the program and it was lots of fun

by NineInchNachos on 5/27/2008 @ 9:03am
lets get the ball rolling. how would you design your trophy? post pics of your sketch here! (hfw ms paint sketch coming soon)

by Erik on 5/27/2008 @ 11:07am
lets get the ball rolling. how would you design your trophy? post pics of your sketch here! (hfw ms paint sketch coming soon)

Yeah, just think how much students could learn about HFW.

by NineInchNachos on 5/27/2008 @ 12:40pm
how is this?
RR trophy idea


UPDATE! MS PAINT SPECIAL EFFECTS!!!!!!
(glass effect)
glass trophy

by Erik on 5/27/2008 @ 1:08pm
Nice.

What might also work well would be to have one or more pre-formed glass turtles or other figurines, depending on the winner, to stick on the trophy making it more detailed.

by izenmania on 5/27/2008 @ 1:42pm
Ooh... a 3D flying turtle?

by jamesstoweart on 5/27/2008 @ 1:58pm
I am dizzy with the potential of this prize.

It is fair to say... my mind is blown (like glass).

That was an in-pun totally for Kathy.




by jamesstoweart on 5/27/2008 @ 1:59pm
I can never make my pictures show up in the comments. That makes a Stowe sad.

by Dave L. on 5/27/2008 @ 2:41pm
My Chihuly-esque squirt-bottles of powdered-chalk are ready.to go.

by NineInchNachos on 5/27/2008 @ 2:43pm
here is stowe's chalk trophy idea:


(blogger/picasa hates hotlinking/stingy with bandwidth)

by jenyum on 5/27/2008 @ 2:50pm
Stowe! You have a flickr account. Use that.

by intacoma on 5/27/2008 @ 3:12pm
this could finally be yours!

by Erik on 5/27/2008 @ 3:28pm
here is stowe's chalk trophy idea:

Nice.

I just hope the Hilltop Artists in Residence can reproduce the Murray Morgan bridge in glass should Lance win.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Morgan_Brid...)

by kathy on 5/27/2008 @ 11:08pm
Thank you Erik!!

This is going to be SOO much fun! I can't wait to see what the winner dreams up for our glass artists to create.

This has also inspired a bit of a chalk competition with our after school students...y'all better watch out, there are a couple kids with some mad chalk skills. (Not to worry this week...but watch out when school gets out!)

by Erik on 5/28/2008 @ 12:10am
This has also inspired a bit of a chalk competition with our after school students...y'all better watch out, there are a couple kids with some mad chalk skills.

Very cool. I think there have been students who have competed already. They are also welcome to make a combined submission in a team effort.

This has also inspired a bit of a chalk competition with our after school students...y'all better watch out, there are a couple kids with some mad chalk skills.

Look above. Stoew and RR already have the initial drafts of their glass fantasy trophies.

BTW, great avatar Kathy.

by Erik on 5/28/2008 @ 12:24am
Here a glass piece where additional detail is made possible by apparently using a pre-formed glass figurine:



Cropped from jkerssen

www.flickr.com/photos/jkerssen/252992389...

by intacoma on 5/28/2008 @ 6:11am
When Pino came to Hilltop I watched him in action he also uses this little stamp to help sculpt the face.

by dawntown on 5/28/2008 @ 9:11am
Grooviest Prize to Date!
This week's Chalk-Off will be off the hook!!
Our sponsor, Kathy, has got to be one of the coolest people I've met since moving to Tacoma (Im still accepting applications, though)
And the Hilltop Artist Program is another entity that exemplifies the whole "chalk in the park" idea. Or the other way around. Way cool.
Can't wait to see what Ariel does this week, or Elle, as I can see some of their stuff looking good in glass. But, what the hell, I WANT TO WIN. So ya'll be ready. Im a little disappointed over last weeks upset loss in the last seconds in the game.

BTW, where's this weeks battle art. Stowe? I know you got time up there, buddy.

See ya'll soon.

by dawntown on 5/28/2008 @ 9:14am
Is THAT thing a orange Yoda BONG?
WTF?
Ok, where did you get that?

by Elle on 5/28/2008 @ 9:23am
I keep wanting to take a week off, but the prizes keep getting better and better. And y'all better watch out. I pawned the kid off on the grandparents (assuming they pick him up in the morning). No screamy child distractions this week. Last week's submission suffered because of an early three year old tantrum and no one to remove him from my presence or go buy him a cookie.

by NineInchNachos on 5/28/2008 @ 10:00am
as last week's champion am I supposed to come up with the battle art?

by dawntown on 5/28/2008 @ 10:19am
No, I thought that was one of the prizes. Stowe will produce for the winner, this weeks battle art, depicting last weeks victor over the rest of the field, in fabulous Stowe fashion. Or maybe I misunderstood...

by jamesstoweart on 5/28/2008 @ 10:33am
The prize is sitting in my office right now, being protected by three ceramic monkeys. I'll be handing it over to RR at noon.

(Dawn, if you want to see it in person you only have an hour and a half.)

by NineInchNachos on 5/28/2008 @ 5:00pm
this just in my email:

I’m Caroline with the West Edge Chalk Walk in Seattle. I’m looking for some chalk artists to work on a 10x20 space for the festival. This can be a collaborative piece or done by just one artist. Compensation is $500. Hoping you can help recruit some interested artist. Please feel free to contact me directly either by email or phone.

Thanks!


contact: caroline.li [at] tdwang [dot] com

by izenmania on 5/28/2008 @ 5:03pm
as last week's champion am I supposed to come up with the battle art?

You are responsible for this week's feed>>tacoma banner, at least.

by Erik on 5/28/2008 @ 5:03pm
Compensation is $500. Hoping you can help recruit some interested artist. Please feel free to contact me directly either by email or phone.

Nice. More employment for Chalk Off Challengers.

Stowe can certainly fill a 10' x 20' section with chalk pretty fast.

by NineInchNachos on 5/28/2008 @ 5:26pm
how's this for a headline:
"Tacoma exports Chalk Art to Seattle"




by Twisty on 5/28/2008 @ 5:35pm
I like this better:
Seattle Chalk Artists Plead for Help, Tacoma Answers Call

by NineInchNachos on 5/28/2008 @ 5:51pm
ah much better Twisty...
to sing the praises of Tacoma's Expeditionary Chalk Force a dream materializing through the fog.

by NineInchNachos on 5/28/2008 @ 7:14pm
BREAKING NEWS

Mr. John Hathaway aka THE NEW TAKHOMAN will be meeting RR Anderson at the Blackwater at noon delivering another prize onto the Frost Park Chalk Off Episode VIII heap . In addition to the GLASS TROPHY one lucky chalk artist will have a chance to win An authentic HARDBOILED reporter's vintage FEDORA!

by Erik on 5/28/2008 @ 7:36pm
Nice. More sponsors are emerging add to the event.

In addition to the GLASS TROPHY one lucky chalk artist will have a chance to win An authentic HARDBOILED reporter's vintage FEDORA!

New or used? There are alot of Fedoras made.

Make sure to get a picture of it and post it. If I am not mistaken, jcBetty offered some sort of prize as well.

by NineInchNachos on 5/28/2008 @ 8:09pm
this is a famous fedora... it has seen many battles. It has been in Mr. Hathaway's possession since the Lincoln Lanes Bowling Alley days. I would liken this to dale chihuly giving away one of his eye patches. Or Art Chantry giving away one of his prosthetic legs.... or artist Chris Sharp giving away one of his sword canes. Kings Books giving away Sweet Pea... Jessica Spring giving away one set of her letter press fonts... Todd Mathews giving away one of his Daily Index news boxes... Like the Tacoma News Tribune reincorporating the word "Tacoma" back into their masthead and then giving it away again.

This will be the first trophy from tacoma's fringe/underground counter culture.

by Twisty on 5/28/2008 @ 8:17pm
New or used? There are alot of Fedoras made.

Make sure to get a picture of it and post it.


Um, I think this is a picture of it right here: