dawntown's Blog

Jul. 1, 2008 at 9:08am

Chalkies, Step UP

I have been loosely following the debacle with the Helm, and spurred on by a comment from Deeble,  I think the Chalkies, with all their "fame", could donate some thing of value that, in turn, generates monies needed to keep the Helm afloat.

The Chalkies have amassed huge amount of material that can be morphed into, say, limited run posters, photo montages (heres your chance, Fritos), videos, etc.  The creative brainpower of the Chalkies, when put together, could definitely churned out something of value to this great city.

With that said, let's hear from you.  Let's get together for a brainSTORM.  Rifle through your Chalk-Off memoriabilia and bring it.  Alien, find good stills, etc.

And, on another note,  Kev,  let's get rolling on that movie/ photo flip book we talked about.

Ahhh, a giant Flip Book!  Everythings better when it is 10 times it's real size, dipped in chocolate, or fried.

comments [18]  |  posted under chalk, Frost Park, local business, sidewalk art, Tacoma, urban revitilization


by KevinFreitas on 7/1/2008 @ 9:26am
I'm choosing to ignore that "Fritos" remark. Only for you, Dawn. ;)

What about if next week (Jul. 11) or soon thereafter instead of receiving prizes with made the Frost Park event a Chalkathon to raise money for The Helm? Each artist could have a donation box nearby and all proceeds could go to help save the Helm.


by dawntown on 7/1/2008 @ 9:36am
Oh, common, can't deny that fatty, salty, treat, epecially during this hot summer days!

I can see some draw to that...hmmm

I would really like to see you do something with all those great photos you take. Anybody up for some big brainstorming after work?

by izenmania on 7/1/2008 @ 9:44am
I'm choosing to ignore that "Fritos" remark. Only for you, Dawn. ;)

Yeah, I have to do the same thing when she calls me "Izzy".

by dawntown on 7/1/2008 @ 11:06am

Tacoma seems to lack this in crucial moments, but, hey, were Tacoma...

BTW, most people love their "Dawn" nickname. You guys should be honored ;)

by joel413 on 7/1/2008 @ 12:19pm
Being a lurker (and hopefully 1st time participant this week!) I have noticed that many of the artists plan and play ahead of time and often have sketches with them at the weekly chalk-offs (I'd dig through all the pictures for examples, but I'm too lazy!) Perhaps some of these sketches with a photo of the produced work could be donated to the Helm for fundraisng.. or perhaps at the Park on Friday some of these could be offered to help the Helm...

Just contributing to the brainstorm.

by Angela Jossy on 7/1/2008 @ 12:32pm
I'd buy a coffee table book with pictures of best chalk off entries of every week thus far with bios of the artists.

by NineInchNachos on 7/1/2008 @ 12:45pm
I'd encourage all chalkies to save their sketches / inspiration pieces as material for the coffee table book. I keep all mine in a cup.

by izenmania on 7/1/2008 @ 12:49pm
So. Mandi(ferous) was talking about a tournament of champions at the UAF. Obviously that didn't occur. What if we had it at the Helm?

Not enough concrete, says you? Exactly the point, says I! Rather than sidewalk, we use portable surfaces. We invite RR, Andrea, Stowe, Lance, Ariel, Dawn, and any other winners we have. They each get some wall space to sell their own art in the usual gallery fashion. They also each get a chalkable surface and a certain amount of time. After the pieces are complete, they are judged, voted upon, sealed/laquered/whatever and sold as permanent art, at a price that is cheaper than would be typical of an art piece that size (since in this hypothetical scenario the chalk pieces would be gifts to the gallery, and therefore there would be not artist percentage on them).

That's one idea, anyway. Thoughts?

by dawntown on 7/1/2008 @ 1:14pm
@Izenmania (Izzy :p)

You mean, like how people can "purchase" stars, or stretches of highway? But, the chalk artist would be chalking something on this permanent cityscape, and then the artwork would be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The winning bidder, essentially, just adopted the artwork for the city to enjoy and that would be indicated with the preserved artwork? Speaking of, what if those permanent things were park benches, trashcans (see Seattle), or bus stops? These urban items can definitely use a bit of love Tacoma-style. Interesting to see what COT/Metro thinks

Get's ya thinking...

Oh, one more thing, should we want to run limited prints, t-shirts, or other memorabilia stuff, does anyone have connection into that industry or access to that equipment?

by izenmania on 7/1/2008 @ 1:17pm
No, as mentioned, the surfaces I am suggesting are actual portable things, like blackboards, which the purchasers can take home.

Sponsoring permanent sidewalk art wouldn't really fly for the task at hand, because it's city property, so I suspect that's where the money would go, rather than to a private operation like the Helm.

by Erik on 7/1/2008 @ 1:23pm
What about if next week (Jul. 11) or soon thereafter instead of receiving prizes with made the Frost Park event a Chalkathon to raise money for The Helm?

A way that might work is for businesses to purchase a commissioned chalk sponsor logo draw in Frost Park and the proceeds go the The Helm. $65 to $100 a chalk piece logo.

They would get a ton of photographic visibility.

Now we just need enough sponsors to make it work. We could raise $1000 with 10 sponsors.

Anyone know someone at the potential sponsors of Sitecrafting, Artifex or Rusty George?

Who will be the first sponsor?

(One advantage of being first is that they might be able to choose their artist)

by Erik on 7/1/2008 @ 2:17pm
Then there is the straightforward option of simply having sponsors offering The Helm print as a prize for contestants.

It would be interesting to see how many Helm Print Feed Tacoma readers and Frost Park attendees could get acquire.

by Dave L. on 7/1/2008 @ 4:20pm
Ah, Mr. Steed, something like... squares of masonite or hardboard with chalkboard paint on them?? (Home Depot stuff.) www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=168

by izenmania on 7/1/2008 @ 4:39pm

by jamesstoweart on 7/1/2008 @ 4:48pm
The portable chalk art idea is awesome...

I guess that wasn't really a very productive comment... but still...


I'd do it.

by izenmania on 7/1/2008 @ 5:06pm
Counts as pretty productive, considering that its success largely relies upon artists actually agreeing to do it.

by Dave L. on 7/1/2008 @ 6:27pm
There might be other surfaces that would work as is - perhaps 30"x50" tile backerboard.... still thinking... and searching-up info like this: chalkartnews.com/faq.htm on surfaces and fixatives. (And this one just for RxR: www.eternityarts.com/chalk/htmlos.cgi/06... )
Anyone contact Julian yet? users.skynet.be/J.Beever/pave.htm

by tacomachickadee on 7/1/2008 @ 6:48pm
I heart chalkboard paint.

A whole wall in my kitchen is dedicated to the stuff.

Fabulous ideas folks!