Tacoma Urbanist

Jul. 18, 2008 at 12:15am

Today: Tacomans Chalk to Save *The Helm* Gallery

Today is Frost Park Chalk Off Friday noon at 9th and Pacific Avenue in Downtown Tacoma.

Frost Park Welcomes Maximilian To Tacoma!

Episode XV: Week 15

Frost park sidewalk chalk challenge today

The Fate of Tacoma Art ("The Helm" Gallery) Hangs in the Balance:

Is RR Anderson funny?  Do you think he's funny?

What do ya mean, funny?!!

Let me understand this cause, I don't know maybe it's me, he's a little $#*&ed up maybe, but RR funny?  How?

I mean, funny like you think RR Anderson is like a clown to you, RR amuses you?!!

He makes make you laugh?!! Like Ha Ha?

RR Anderson is somehow here to @#*&ing amuse you?!!!

What do you mean funny, funny how?   How is RR Anderson #@*^ing  funny?!!!

You say you I should know how RR is funny?

No, no, I don't know... you said it!!

How would I know?

You said RR Anderson's funny.   How the %$&# is he funny?!!!!!

What the #&@%* is so funny about RR Anderson?!!!


Chalk contest today:

Friday, 12 Noon - 1PM
Larry Frost Memorial Park
9th & Commerce



Corporate Sponsorship

Chalk Challenge No. XV  is made possible through charitable donation by the THE HELM GALLERY with a CUSTOM MADE VERY LIMITED EDITION ULTRA RARE  "Save The Helm" print with a value of at least $50 by the "two guys from The Helm" Peter and Sean.


Official Rules (for entertainment purposes only)

get pumped, visit FeedTacoma.com's TACOMA URBANIST.

* * * N00B SPOILE R ALERT * * *
  1. Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen

  2. RR Anderson (Sponsored by Erik Bjornson Attorney at Law: Military Divorce Specialist)

  3. Life of Elle  (sponsored by Puget Sound Pizza)

  4. James Stowe (sponsored by EMBELLISH SALON)
  5. Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen (sponsored by THE RED HOT) 

  6. James Stowe (sponsored by BRICK & MORTAR EXECUTIVE CONDO SUITES )
  7. RR Anderson (sponsored by CORINA BAKERY + BISTRO)
  8. Mr. Lance Kagey of Beautiful Angel (sponsored by Hilltop Glass Artists, John Hathaway)
  9. James Stowe (sponsored by URBAN XCHANGE HIPSTER APPAREL )
  10. Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen (sponsored by El Gauchio)
  11. Dawn and Ariel (sponsored by Buzzards CD)

  12. Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen (sponsored by India Mahal)

  13. Life of Elle  The lost episode

  14. PAID Chalk Ringers Chelsey and Kelly (sponsored by The Art Place)

  15.                  your name here                ??

 Honorable Mention

  1. Dave L
  2. Laura Hanan keeper of Rowald Portal
  3. Jeremy aka "The Garfield Kid"
  4. Mark Monlux
  5. Maximilian

Rules for Chalk Art Contest:

We are making them up as we go.  However, the contest starts at 12:00 noon and ends at 1:00 p.m.  There are other rules in the official chalk off rulebook.

Feel free to post any pictures of the chalk art work below in this post or link to pictures or picture sets including close up shots that may make your favored piece look better or your opponents look worse.

Voting For Chalk Art Submissions (Revised)

Please vote for the chalk art entry you believe is the best in the comment section below.  Explaining why you believe the piece is the best will add considerable context and meaning to your vote.
No doubt you will have friends and acquaintances who are in the contest.  Do your best to be as objective as you can in your analysis of the chalk submissions which will strengthen the participatory voting system in place.
Frost Park Challengers are encouraged to vote as well for an additional perspective to the event.
Each person gets one vote.  Votes will be accepted until midnight on Friday after which the winner will be declared.  Votes will be accepted starting at 1:00 p.m.
Please use the word "vote" for easy reference to the chalk submission that you believe is the best.

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

Frost Park Chalk Off Rule Book


comments [67]  |  posted under Tacoma


by MarkMonlux on 7/18/2008 @ 6:37am
Aw nuts! Work kept me away last week and a visiting friend from out of town is keeping me away this week. And I have the coolest design I want to draw. Can hardly wait to vote for my favorite art this week.

by ALT on 7/18/2008 @ 8:27am
As some of you may already know, I'll be spending the day with the family at the beach. Beach good, missing the Chalk-Off bad :(

So, I did a little chalk art outside of The Helm Thursday night. This is not an entry, just a tribute! Congratulations Darcy and R.R!

by Elle on 7/18/2008 @ 9:08am
I'll actually be there co-chalking with Tacomite and sporting a maimed toe. Oh the things I'll do for art.

by thriceallamerican on 7/18/2008 @ 9:14am
For a sec there, I thought maybe the baby was the prize.

by izenmania on 7/18/2008 @ 9:26am
Nah, they've still got a week or two before they decide they want to get rid of it :)

by Erik on 7/18/2008 @ 9:42am
9:42 a.m.

Cloudy downtown but dry.

Inspiration for post:


So, I did a little chalk art outside of The Helm Thursday night.

Cute. The first known illustration of Maximilian post birth.

by jamesstoweart on 7/18/2008 @ 10:01am
Stowe Chalk-Off Pregame Report

I am a little late with my pre game report today. I'll 'chalk' it up to being busy! (Bad pun)

This week has been super hectic for me so...
I only have one card to distribute this week:

I figure every collectable card collection needs at least one common card, and this is a really good one to become that card. I am personally very happy with it. It stems from a half remembered comment that someone made about Andrea being an orc warrior. It stuck with me and I ran with it.

I can't wait for Frost Park today... I am going to try another experimental thing (sadly with no improv element).

I would also like to thank everyone I saw down at the Lark Gallery last night. I had a blast.

See you in the park!

by Dave_L on 7/18/2008 @ 10:42am
I'm busy during lunch today and will really miss coming down. I hear there will be a combined-effort piece by representatives from three favorite local establishments. (They might be lacking a good red chalk if anyone can share.) By the way, this week's chalk-washers (K-Freit and Adam and me) chose to leave-up of the Jelly-Dome and Stowe’s performance-art. Funny, two little toddler-sisters whose family was at Frost Park Wednesday also insisted on helping us clean the chalk.

by jcbetty on 7/18/2008 @ 10:56am
I've got to miss it as I spent too much time this week engaging in art communities, and now I have to do some paying work. I love Andrea's trib, and will be excited to see the work produced and add my vote as my way of being there!!

by Erik on 7/18/2008 @ 11:47am
Done just in time:

by Erik on 7/18/2008 @ 12:05pm
For the lurking portion of the Frost Park Chalk Off audience, I will be live photo blogging here today:


by Tacomite on 7/18/2008 @ 3:19pm
Here's a link to our Picasa album of the day's action:


by jamesstoweart on 7/18/2008 @ 3:21pm
you know, I was looking though your Flickr pics checking out this week's entries and I came upon this: farm4.static.flickr.com/3273/2666857206_...

You got a picture of my door for Glassroots!

That is awesome... especially considering that I didn't remember to photograph it before I handed it over.

Also, I am putting in an early vote for Team Life of Elle. Nice family unity on display. Great job.

by Erik on 7/18/2008 @ 3:22pm


by Erik on 7/18/2008 @ 3:22pm
Tacoma Chickadee

Julie Bennett:




Stowe - one of many:

Kelly and Chelsey

by jcbetty on 7/18/2008 @ 3:26pm
I'm voting Dawn, cuz the use of subject matter and space rocks.

by thriceallamerican on 7/18/2008 @ 3:35pm
Tempted by the ninja turtle, but I'm voting for the sweet treescape from the defending champions! Great color, and the tree bark is awesome.

by droid116 on 7/18/2008 @ 3:47pm
I thought it was great that on a lean day of chalking Stowe not only populated the park with spirited drawings, he actively promoted others to leave a drawing of their spirit as well. Thanks.

I really like the totem whales as well.

This week, however, my vote goes to Dawn.

by Dianne on 7/18/2008 @ 3:54pm
This is the first time I have to vote from pictures since Jeremy and I weren't there today. Voting from pictures is a lot harder. No Garfield Kid or Andrea today and I don't see anything by Ariel either. Stowe's little critters are really cute but I am going to vote for the one with the trees and the bird.

by Mandiferous on 7/18/2008 @ 4:05pm
I vote for Adam the Alien's tribute to Baby Anderson.

by cassioposa on 7/18/2008 @ 4:21pm
I really like Stowe's idea this week. My vote goes to him.

by Lance Kagey on 7/18/2008 @ 4:25pm
Mr Stowe I really like your spirits. They remind me of the anime classic, Waiting for Totoro.

You get my vote.

but I do have to say Chelsey and Kelly's was beautiful.

by Dave_L on 7/18/2008 @ 4:34pm
Totoro! I KNEW they reminded me of something!!!
I, too, like Stowe’s idea for this week, as he continues to push the Frost Park envelope of ideas. But my vote goes to the TAS Ringer-ettes, Kelly and Chelsey. That’s some nice stuff, the birch trees and the bird. I really like the way the bold colors work together. Their chosen spot is perfect, and fairly well-protected from the sprinklers, too. www.tacomaartsupply.com/ has nice mention of Frost Park. I’m falling right into their boss’ Siren trap though, because for $16.95, I have to buy some of that Dixon-Prank-Freart-Oversize-Chalk. Ooh, and they have Rapidograph pens...

by Darkain on 7/18/2008 @ 4:40pm
Hey there! Vince here. I'm the guy today with the big ol camera taking pics of everything. Just thought I'd share the URL to my gallery now that its uploaded!


by jamesstoweart on 7/18/2008 @ 4:49pm
Here is a brief description of my chalk experiment this week.

A few weeks ago when I was helping Dave L. clean the park I actually took a few moments to read plaques (I am usually to busy furiously chalking to notice my surroundings). The plaques told me that Frost Park was created in memory of city employees that have sacrificed their lives serving the citizens of our city. Then, to drive the point home a crow swooped down and killed a seagull in front of us.

Last week I discovered that the forest that inspired the creation of the anime movie My Neighbor Totoro was being threatened by urban development. In response an international charity project to save the forest called the Totoro Forest Project and had 200 artists create Totoro spirit inspired artwork for fundraising.

The two ideas mingled in my head and I was compelled to reveal our own park spirits, while reminding everyone that it is their park and we all are their guests. By the end of the hour I invited everyone I could to create their own spirit representation so that, in a way, everyone there could become a little part of the park.

The Message:

The Resident Spirits:

My Spiritual Addition:

I hope everyone else that added a spirit captured it on film and will share it here.

by KevinFreitas on 7/18/2008 @ 4:52pm
So very many spirits. Lots of great stuff out there today. Here are my pics:

More here. Consequently, did anyone get a pic of my whispy blue spirit atop a planter base toward the top of the steps?


by NineInchNachos on 7/18/2008 @ 5:35pm
my god. such great entries! We're out of the hospital, back in our HFW corporate safe house. Though a homebody I am still upto my old tricks.

the baby tributes are very touching. You folks are my people and as Stan Lee would describe you: "true believers" Love the turtle helmet, Love the parachute. Andrea your gladiator Max is pretty spot on. Love the Tlingit whales (i was waiting for somebody to bust out some native art!!!) Stowe your pieces capture the soul of our 'frost park memorial Friday' very nicely... (I was a big fan of your Seagull eating the pigeon story).

I gotta go with the birch tree scape though cuz dang.

Thanks again... it's back to the breast pump for me.


by tacomachickadee on 7/18/2008 @ 6:39pm
That was fun. And thanks Kevin for grabbing a pic of my little banshee ... I totally forgot to snap a pic.

Stowe: Can't wait to see what other shenanigans you might come up with in weeks to come ...

by tacomachickadee on 7/18/2008 @ 6:41pm
Oh, and RR: I recommend getting yourself some pure lanolin oil since you're a newbie pumper.

by jcbetty on 7/18/2008 @ 6:41pm
dang. The newer pics and Stowe's explanation make me rethink my haste. Cool stuff going on in Frost today.

And yet... Dawn's piece was awesome. I stand by my previous vote :)

by CRScheffe on 7/18/2008 @ 6:43pm
Our personal satisfaction warrented futher sweat and tears. Here are the results just for kicks or further voting influence:

by ensie on 7/18/2008 @ 6:45pm
Hey Kevin, There's a shot of your blue spirit on Tacomite's Picassa album that he linked to above.

I loved the spirits all over the park, and even contributed my own...

And I have to hand it to the team who did the forest. The colors are amazing.

Think my vote is going to...

Team Elle!

by Frinklin on 7/18/2008 @ 6:52pm
Man, I'm totally hating my job keeping me away from Frost Park. A lot of really interesting stuff this week, but I'll have to go for the Many Spirits of Stowe.

by KevinFreitas on 7/18/2008 @ 7:23pm
Crap -- still hard to decide. The spirits moved me to participation and the dual baby related entries were adorable. Cheers also to Sandi's entry as well as the Tacoma Art Supply ladies. Elle's family work of colorful native art also totally rocks.

I gotta go for Dawn tho this time around.

by tacomachickadee on 7/18/2008 @ 7:26pm
Hmmm hmmm hmmm ... even with a few fewer chalkers it was a damn good week. I think I'll have to go for the Elle clan ... who practiced said techniques on my front walk earlier this month. (And neighbor baby was pretty pissed when said chalkings were sprayed down two weeks later.)

Plus, Elle shimmies a mean pole.

And I'll just leave it at that.

by tacomachickadee on 7/18/2008 @ 7:28pm
BTW, Elle Clan ... said original native-inspired chalking is now immortalized in a book the neighbor family had printed up to memorialize a big family multi-day gathering. I saw it with my own two eyes.

by Tacomite on 7/18/2008 @ 7:34pm
I'm not above voting for myself. Since Elle and I were a team this week, I'm definitely more invested in the vote. Therefore, my vote goes for me (and Elle). I did enjoy traveling around the park looking for the various sprites and spirits Stowe drew. It was fun to be more than a spectator this week. Cheers to the die hard chalkies that made it out this week.

by Chloe on 7/18/2008 @ 7:42pm
As always, Chels and Kelly are standouts, but my vote this week must go to Stowe's spirits. Well done.

by scout on 7/18/2008 @ 8:04pm
I vote for Dawn - I'm a sucker for chubby baby thighs -

by Erik on 7/18/2008 @ 8:27pm
Cool entries this week.

Stowe knows subtle scary. The woman looking at the foreboding message is spooky. The added figures around the park are a plus.

The forest scene and Team Elle had almost perfect execution and contrast to their pieces. Some of the best colors so far at Frost Park.

The best theme is had by Adam IMO. Adam the Alien leaving Maximilian at Frost Park.

Here's an added close up of Dawns:

by Erik on 7/18/2008 @ 9:21pm
Looks like its going to be a close vote tonight.

Here's some extra pictures to give some context:

Downtown Tribune champion Voelpel, Chords and Mr. Streetcar

The ever fashionable Julie Bennett. How does she do it?

The paid chalk ringers, the "Trusty Husband" and "The Boy"

Complexity shot

Extreme Chalking by Stowe

Larry Frost Memorial Park

Social Complexity x 2

Sponsors: Sean and Peter, the Two Guys at The Helm


Close in so many ways.

I will vote for Dawn considering all of the factors.

by TacomaGnome on 7/18/2008 @ 9:30pm
Damn, elle, this vote is for you and TH.

by Adam the Alien on 7/18/2008 @ 10:02pm
Today's chalking experience was very...surreal, on a number of counts.

For one: when I got there, hardly anyone else was there. As the bus pulled onto Commerce and the park seemed empty, I was a little afraid that I was confused on what day it was. Faces I'm used to having arrive earlier than I instead arrived quite late today, and other familiar Frost Park faces never showed at all. It felt especially unnatural due to how many of the big hitters of the Chalk Off world were missing (for various reasons). There was rumor, at first, that Stowe wouldn't show, but even arriving late, he managed to bring a new element to the park yet again.

After realizing how few people were there, at first, and how many faces were missing, the next surreality to accept was the lack of water in the fountain. So much new space, it was a pity more people didn't draw within the bounds of this magical and mysterious vanishing canvas. Despite the very, VERY rough surface of the spot I chose, I found the new space - and, indeed, the challenge of the surface itself - exciting.

The next oddity was that people stayed later than usual. With so few people, I was blissfully unaware when 1:00 came and went because not very many of this week's sparse Frost Parkers disapparated back to their cubicles after the hour was up. I ended up spending a full extra hour in the park...and was thwarted in my habit of leaving last by the ever-persistent Kelly and Chelsey, who were still drawing when I left.

With those elements of unreality in place already, it was fitting that Stowe implemented the spirits concept today, and drafted others into it. The creepy little figures popping up here and there, in both obvious and hidden places, added an interesting "treasure hunt" sort of feel to today's chalk-off. I also enjoyed getting drafted into drawing one, after I'd finished mine, because a Frost Park spirit was the ideal thing to draw in the bottom of one of the dry fountain's basins. The idea of a spirit that could only be seen for a short while before vanishing seemed fitting - even moreso since it was a spirit of Frost Park, which must seem to those unable to make our luncheons as a place where the spirits themselves descend upon the concrete with chalk before vanishing for another week.

It was a bit strange that Elle, who I assume came with her piece already in mind, inadvertently contributed to the theme with spirits of a different sort. I have a soft spot for Native American style artwork, raised as I was on stories of coyote and other such things. I still have a thunderbird statue my grandmother gave me when I was very young. It resides near by bed, watching over my sleep. I named it Tahmanawis, a word I had found in a Chinook jargon dictionary. It's a word that has many meanings. But whether used to refer to a guardian spirit or familiar (the meaning I knew when I named the statue), a supernatural being endowed with powers beyond those of mortals or to certain rituals and ceremonies, it is a spiritual word. So I find its name fitting because even as Elle's drawing made me think on it through the impact Native American culture had on my upbringing, I realize that the word tahmanawis fits what we have here. It's the perfect word to describe not only Stowe's spirits, but what we have each week at Frost Park. We have a community that in many ways protects and supports its fellows, both during the chalk-offs and beyond. We have a shared experience that borders on - if not jumps right into - a spiritual experience. We have a sense of something greater than just some random people drawing in an under-appreciated, oft-unnoticed park. I've said before that the poem "Where the Sidewalk Ends" is the perfect description of what we have. Now I think that tahmanawis is perhaps still more descriptive of the experience and bonds that have been built...and, indeed, continue to be built stronger and stronger with each passing week.

And on that note, there was of course the omnipresent knowledge that, amidst these spirits of the park, spirits of art and spirits of life, amidst these guardians...a new spirit had been brought into the world. I think it's fitting that the celebratory pieces Dawn and I drew were surrounded by these spirits. So RR, Darcy, remember always that your wee little one is not only celebrated by the community of the park, but also guarded for all days by the park's spirits. Your child has been born blessed with an exceptional tahmanawis already waiting for him, by whatever definition of the word you choose or create.

All that said, through all the surreality of today, I must vote for Chelsey and Kelly. The spirits were temping to vote for, as was Elle's piece, due to the tahmanawis factor. But the girls encompass several aspects that I can't help but appreciate. First, the abandonment of the time limit that made today so wonderful. Losing track of time amidst such a wonderful event, such a wonderful community, is a thing to be thankful for. I know Dawn complained that she didn't want to go back to work, before she left.

Second, they remained after the cameras were gone. They kept at a piece that the rest of us were already blown away by. They stayed longer than anyone, adding to and perfecting their work, not for anyone's sake but their own satisfaction. When it comes to chalking, I think that needs to be emphasized above anything else. So often I hear people who shy away from chalking because they don't think they're any good - or at least not on par with the level of artistry we're blessed to mingle amongst each week. I know I was too timid to chalk for a while. And even now, I hold no delusions about winning when I start. It's a nice pipe dream, but I chalk because it's fun. I chalk for the sake of the chalk. I chalk for the sake of Frost Park. I chalk for the end of the sidewalk, the tahmanawis, the wonderful community that first began the process of driving away the feelings of loneliness that plagued me since moving here. Their piece, their refusal to leave before they were satisified, embodies that. I think the general mood and all the elements that made this week unusual embodied that.

And the only other thing I have to add is a hearty "Fuck yeah!" and a note to you all:

Every one of you is made of the distilled essence of pure awesome. You rock the Casbah, and my life would not be the same without Frost Park.

by jenyum on 7/18/2008 @ 10:25pm
So hard to vote this week, it's all so amazing. Elle's art made me gasp, then right on down the line as the pictures were revealed down thread.

My Neighbor Totoro is such a big deal in this house, I think I must vote for Stowe. And I wish I could have been there.

by dawntown on 7/18/2008 @ 10:34pm
Nice comeback piece, Elle!
Fun as always. And, yes, Stowe, loved the Totoro spirits.

Well put, Adam, beautiful.

We bleed chalk, yeah!

I vote for me, cause I really want that print. Because it has the dome in it. Hey, it's me, Dawn Check-Out-All-The-Stuff-You-Can-Make-Out-Of-The-Dome Fortner. With that, I forgot to say I loved the Jellyfish Dome last week, girls.

See ya'll next week.

by joel413 on 7/18/2008 @ 10:47pm
As the Bewitching Hour approaches I ponder on all teh thoughtful ruminitions that people have shared today. I think today was a special day at the park on so many levels. For the past few weeks I have been taking a detour on my way home from the Sounder to drive past FP and get a look at the art before coming home to look at the pictures online and casting my vote.

From the preliminary drive-by I had narrowed my vote down to two. The forest by the defending champions and Tacomite/Elle's Native American Whales.

I witnessed and tried to avoid stepping on a dry-run of these amazing whales a few weeks ago and was amazed at the execution they had today.

I also enjoyedhow as I drove up 9th street from A street that the ring-ettes art blended into the park the tree trunk an extension of the plantlife in the box above it.

Stowe: Totoro is my 3.5 year olds favorite movie (After Thomas the tank engine, but whattya gonna do) after he found it on the movie shelf and asked to watch it. I've even caught him doing the growing plant dance in the yard as we planted some seeds.

The vote this week is for Elle and Family.

by gr8-grub on 7/18/2008 @ 10:48pm
I like how Dawn ties all the weekly events into one Commemoration to the Helm. Nice work.

But oh, how I love the spirits. All of them

Adam, Frost Park should give you an honorary prize for your heart in this. When do we get to see the movie you've been shooting?

My vote, nevertheless, goes to Dawn

by Elle on 7/18/2008 @ 11:29pm
I was sad that I didn't get to actually finish out the piece I originally started. Of course I knew that going into a joint piece. I had some me time scheduled for 1:15 and had to jet early. So really I am judging solely on photos yet again this week.

I love the concept of Stowe's piece. I wondered what the heck he was doing flitting around the park. I also must say that Adam's was his best to date. Creative use of space and content. Dawn's piece was simply adorable. Me and babies... well we have a thing right now. But I am going to have to cast my vote for myself and Tacomite. It was his idea to go with native art, and actually his sketch. I simply executed it in chalk. In the end it was a total team effort as the boy did the abstract below the salmon.

by AngelaJossy on 7/18/2008 @ 11:43pm
I vote Kelly and Chelsey

by Courtney on 7/18/2008 @ 11:56pm
My vote goes too Stowe because I love the Totorro connection and I love how he gets everyone involved.

by JoRapp-NYC on 7/18/2008 @ 11:57pm
East cost and company votes for that screaming baby...i mean Dawn.

by Erik on 7/19/2008 @ 12:29am
Its over. A four way squeaker.

Here are the results with 27 votes cast:

Dawn....................... 8
Chelsey and Kelly......6

Dawn wins.

Congratulations Dawn!!!!1!

Had Kelly and Chelsey simply voted for themselves, as allowed, they would have tied for first place.

Dawn will forever be known as the chalk artist who played a critical role in helping save The Helm Gallery from demise.

Dawn wins a Limited Edition Ultra Rare print from the The Helm Gallery:


Dawn has come a long ways since her first submission at Frost Park

Dawn's entry : Episode IV 5/2/2008:

Dawn's entry : Episode XV 7/18/2008

This is Dawn's first solo win. She won an earlier episode teaming up with Ariel. She has also teamed with Stowe on earlier Episodes as well.

Episode XV marks the date when Dawn fully extinguished any lingering idea that she comes to Frost Park as an "associate of Stowe" which she was known for the first two episodes she participated in.

And she won with few zombie voters.

(photo by Tacoma mamma)

by ensie on 7/19/2008 @ 12:34am
Congratulations Dawn! You rock!

by dawntown on 7/19/2008 @ 12:55am
See, anybody can learn to Chalk
...I'm also a client

And if no one has noticed yet, my strategy isn't my drawing skills, it is the volume of chalk and the space I use. Easy. So I would love to switch spots with the spectators for next weeks chalk-off. Or maybe team up with one. Anybody want to be my partner? Kevin, Naomi, Jenny, Chickadee...

BTW, I owe you one, Stowe, for saving the baby.

The baby saves Tacoma, I save the Helm, and Stowe saves the baby. That's just another Friday in Frost Park.

by dawntown on 7/19/2008 @ 1:08am
Forgot to mention that I am recreating the piece I did today and framing it to give to RR, Darcy and Family.

by KevinFreitas on 7/19/2008 @ 7:48am
That's awesome -- congrats Dawn! I'll buddy up with you for next week if you don't want to totally sit it out. I'll see what ideas come to mind and we can do a bit of collab/strategery before the main event. Should be fun!

@Adam: Beautifully said. It is amazing to me just to see the aura that surround Frost Park during a chalk off. It's amazing energy that really does bring happiness to me, everyone there, and so many folks that get to walk by and enjoy the art for the entire week. Many of us are now marking major points in our lives directly or otherwise there. Patricia's b-day/retirement. The Anderson fam baby.

Thanks to you and everyone for contributing to that energy that helps make Tacoma a better place to be.

by Elle on 7/19/2008 @ 8:23am
Congrats Dawn. You deserved that solo win!

by CRScheffe on 7/19/2008 @ 10:30am
Would've voted for myself. Perhaps it didn't occur to me or maybe I didn't have the heart after the results produced and seeing how many votes were cast another direction. But alas, the prize was well fought for and earned. May I note that Kelly does not own a computer so I suppose the vote would have had to come screaming out of nowhere. Congrats all (and the helm as well)!

by jcbetty on 7/19/2008 @ 12:23pm
....and an ultimately fitting tribute to the RR-daddy-man himself: the 666 second-place tie :D

by Erik on 7/19/2008 @ 12:46pm

May I note that Kelly does not own a computer so I suppose the vote would have had to come screaming out of nowhere.

She could always set up a separate Feed Tacoma account on your computer.

Free computer use is also available at One Heart Cafe adjacent to The Grand.

Today's chalking experience was very...surreal, on a number of counts.

Great post Adam. I think you may have set not only a record for Frost Park events but for Feed Tacoma and perhaps the entire history of the Tacoma blogosphere with 1153 original words on a comment.

Although some of the regular chalkers were not there on Friday, there were a ton of spectators. Its also interesting to see how many people look at the drawing after the event ends. The chalkings changes the who atmosphere of the park.

I also like Dave L. idea of keeping one or two submissions from the last week to the current week for continuity.

by Dave_L on 7/21/2008 @ 1:20pm
Aw, computers are overrated. (Outside of work I have to run up to One-Heart of the library to check the stats.) And I know at least a few people who participate in the chalk-off only for the personal satisfaction, and not at all for the prizes. Not that there’s anything wrong with either; it’s all good. And it's cool when first-time participants and/or non-artist-types claim or nearly-claim the win. If one could tally positive comments outside the ultimate votes cast, there’s a lot of support, encouragement, appreciation, and admiration all around. Though there are additional dynamics, jokes, etc. between those who have been regulars a long time. Shoot - I'm approaching Adam's word count... We’ll aim for cleaning most of the pieces on Wednesday evening at 7:00.

by Erik on 7/21/2008 @ 3:23pm
We’ll aim for cleaning most of the pieces on Wednesday evening at 7:00.

Cool. Thanks Dave. I am going to have to show up again on one of the cleaning soon.

by Dave_L on 7/22/2008 @ 2:38pm
Oops - I can't make Wednesday for the chalk-cleaning. I'll post elsewhere, but looks like cleaning will be Thursday @ 7:00 p.m. instead.

by Erik on 7/23/2008 @ 1:05pm
Dawn Fortner collects her limited edition Helm print helping to save The Helm Gallery.


Dawn says:

"Buy your Helm print today at Blackwater Cafe"

These print will no doubt be Tacoma classics for decades to come.

by intacoma on 7/23/2008 @ 1:28pm
Thats a great photo, best photo of Dawn I've seen

by Erik on 7/23/2008 @ 1:38pm
Thats a great photo, best photo of Dawn I've seen

Thanks. Got it on the second take. Lighting conditions were pretty ideal for my phone as well.

by Erik on 5/21/2009 @ 1:00am
Although Episode XV kept The Helm open for a bit, it appears The Helm ultimately was not saved and is slated to be closed at the end of the month.

The Volcano has an article today on the closure and they use a Frost Park photo:

The Helm's official last day is Sunday, May 31; that is when their lease is up and they must vacate the space. It's fine. I feel good,says Alexander. We've learned a lot, me and Pete, (about) organization, what to do and what not to do, what I do and don't like about this industry.


Also, don't miss Sean's multiple F-Bombs in the article.