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Big Draw features street chalk artists, other art offerings

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POSTED April 23, 2013 10:03 p.m.



PLEASANTON – Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council (PCAC) will host a city-wide arts celebration on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. where artists of all ages and ability will have the opportunity to display their talents with chalk designs on the streets of downtown Pleasanton.  Event details are as follows:

 Professional street artists will draw on Division Street, between Main Street and Railroad Avenue.  Kids and Family “Chalk the Walk”; street squares available to the public for $20, including box of chalk.

“This is a first-of-its-kind event for Pleasanton,” said PCAC president Jill Vellinger.  “We’re providing an opportunity for professional artists, as well as amateur artists of any age, to share their creativity and help us celebrate the richness that arts bring to our lives.  The Big Draw will bring explosions of color to Pleasanton through the work of gifted sidewalk chalk artists, children and families.” 

The Big Draw will be the culmination of a week of various arts-related events that include the availability of uniquely painted pianos along Main Street for people to play the week of May 5.  In addition to the chalk artists drawing for the public on May 11, festivities include live performances of dance troupes and improv comedy, The Big Draw Art Contest, Elephants for the Arts Rummage and Crafts Sale, Authors Row and more.

Special Events

Painted Pianos on Main

Beginning Friday, May 3, downtown Pleasanton’s Main Street will have pianos placed along the street, each painted by students of Pleasanton’s middle schools in unique ways.  The pianos will be available for anyone to play as they wish.

The Big-Draw Art Contest

Cash prizes will be awarded for the three best street chalk art paintings done by emerging, non-professional artists. To enter the contest, artists must be middle school age or older and have their street painting completed by 3:30 pm on May 11 for judging.  Local radio station KKIQ’s Faith Alpher will judge each work of art.  Cash prizes are as follows: first place, $100; second place, $50; third place, $25.

Elephants for the Arts

Rummage and Crafts Sale

Located on Railroad Ave., near the chalk artists will be the Elephants for the Arts Rummage and Crafts Sale featuring collections, art work, and crafts, as well as small household items, décor, antiques and the like for sale. Items may be donated to PCAC for the sale. Individuals or groups can buy a booth for $40 to sell their own creations, antiques or collections.  All proceeds will benefits arts in the schools.  For details visit The Big Draw website at

Author/Illustrators Row

Meet nationally published author/illustrators to discuss their works and learn how to become one yourself.

Live Performances

An exciting collection of live performances will entertain the public throughout the day on May 11.  Performance stages will be located at the entrance of Division Street on Main Street and in front of the Firehouse Arts Center on Railroad Street.  Performances include:

·   Folkloric Dance Troupe

·   Civic Arts Stage Company

·   Chinese Dance Troupe

·   Creatures of Impulse, Teen Comedy Improve Troupe

·    Beat Boys  

For more information about The Big Draw and the Calling All Artists application, visit  To learn more about PCAC visit its website at


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