Chris Carlson- Featured Artist
Chris Carlson is a 3D chalk artist from Denver, CO. He discovered chalk art in 2012 and has
been dedicated to the medium ever since. He likes to keep his artwork fun and lighthearted.
Chris tries to blend his artwork seamlessly with the surroundings, so it’s never clear where the
art ends and the ground begins.
Shannon Neumann- Invited Artist
I am a California native. Although I am an executive assistant at a large company here in Nashville I still like to dabble in art in my spare time. There isn’t just one particular thing I like to do –I do anything from cake making to life drawing- I like to try my hand at everything and I have always been good at making nothing into something. This is my second year doing chalk art here and I look forward to many more years to come.
Cathryn Bozone is an Atlanta based artist. She lives in downtown with her plumpish, black cat named Bear. She graduated from The University of West Georgia last spring with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a concentration in Graphic Design. She has experience with a variety of mediums including painting, printmaking, street painting, and design. She loves analog artistic processes and doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty. Her work has been exhibited in Downtown Players Club, The Bobick Gallery, Mama Tried Gallery, Uncorked On Main Street, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, VoyageATL, and on The Path 400.
My name is Rebekah Carty and I’m a Murfreesboro Native. I’m a junior at MTSU studying Biology. I have always enjoyed seeing art and I’ve always been the person in the back of the classroom doodling all over my papers. I enjoy bright colors and working with different media.
Fawne DeRosia is a multi-talented artist from Thomaston, Georgia who creates in a variety of mediums, including painting, chalk, window art, and large format murals. She is the founder of Flint Rose Studio, where she increases her body of work, hosts art workshops, and works to foster the growth of art culture in the greater Thomaston/Upson County area.
Beth Flora Gunn
Beth Flora Gunn joined the POVA Artist Collective in February 2016. She is originally from Weymouth, MA and holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College. After growing up with a performance background, she started focusing on visual art shortly before joining the Artist Collective. She has been doodling in earnest since 2014. Beth has exhibited her work in numerous local galleries and churches, and has had the opportunity to speak and share her work with over 200+ high school students at Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts in June 2016. Beth’s latest project was working with the Nashville WHAT Creative Group to create a mural panel along with several other local artists featured on the Off the Walls Mural located at the corner of Charlotte and 28th Ave. Beth likes visual art because it ties in all of her interests (such as literature and religion) and connects everything else in her life in a way that nothing else really does, not even words.
Georgie is a 16 year old local Nashville artist and a junior at Ensworth High School. She has been studying the arts at Ensworth and through local Nashville artist, the Frist, Plaza art classes and a summer abroad art program in Vienna, Austuria. Watercolor, colored pencil and ink are her medium of choice but she also enjoys pastels and working with mixed media. She participated in Chalk Fest in 2016 and is looking forward to creating again in 2017.
With a passion for finding beauty in the overlooked, and a vehemence to improve the community, Key’s longterm vision is realizing a massive project he conceptualized called “Aesthetic Vandalism.”
Key’s work ultimately portrays both sides of the brain: creative expression and analytic logic, depicted by a combination of realism and surrealism alongside psychedelic, free-form, abstract color bursts.
Key attended the University of Alabama and pursued a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. While completing his final semester in the Business School, he was presented with an option to stay at UA and attend the College of Arts and Sciences for the opportunity to graduate with an additional degree in Art.
It was here that Key digressed from the black and white world of charcoal and found his passion in painting. He began to expand his medium into Oils, Acrylics, Inks and Digital Media.
I began drawing when I was a toddler and I was self-taught until I attended the Art Institute. I was introduced to the artwork of Norman Rockwell in 7th grade and he has since then been my biggest inspiration. More recently I have been influenced by the 19th century Realism art movement, as well as the artwork of Henry Ossawa Tanner. My love for creating art led me to fashion and tattoo design as a teenager; and as an adult, I was exposed to and fell in love with graphic design. This field allows me to work in various mediums, both traditional and digital, with limitless possibilities.
Traditionally I love dry media, therefore I enjoy charcoal, pencil and chalk drawing. Digitally I prefer vector artwork and creating logos and unique pieces for special events. Professionally, I aspire to brand corporations and small businesses, while also teaching low income communities about the art of graphic design.
Railey Warren lives in a world of her own making. She spends her days forging her favorite animals together in the fire of her imagination. She participated in her first sidewalk chalk event three years ago when she was only ten years old. She has been hooked ever since. She can not wait to bring her mythical zoo to life in Nashville.
Jacob Brooks- Invited Artist
Jacob A Brooks is an artist based out of Nashville, TN specializing in bright, vibrant art. He works in pen and ink, acrylic, mixed media and paint pens. He is also an award winning street-painter. Jacob competed in his first chalk festival in 2008 and fell in love with the art form.
“I love the transitory nature of Street Painting, it is a microcosm for the temporary nature of our existence and the existence of everything that we create. Eventually it will all be washed away, and it needs to be enjoyed for the entire creation and refinement process, not just as a finished product.”
Twitter: @jacobabrooks Instagram: @jacobbrooksart
Holly Schineller- Invited Artist
Holly Schineller, a resident of Tempe, Arizona, attended both the California College of Art and Arizona State University to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art. She finds inspiration in nature, the sciences and mathematics. For the past six years her commercial work has been focused on glass fusing including trophies and architectural installations. Holly began teaching at the Scottsdale Artist School in 2014. She spends the majority of her volunteer time in the artistic and nontheistic communities. Her work also includes drawing, painting, and the ephemeral art form Street Painting. Holly enjoys getting people excited about science and bringing its beauty to the street. “The pastels allow me to create images and ideas I can’t always express in glass.” You can see some of her commercial pieces on her Facebook page LWA or her street painting work on her Facebook page Holly Grounded.
Everyone calls me KB. I was born in Colorado and spent time in Houston and Denton Texas before settling in Nashville for the past 10 years. Currently I am combining traditional graphic design elements with video, photography, art, and styling to create advertisements at SmileDirectClub. When I am not at work you can find me producing murals, hanging my work in art shows or collecting rocks and bugs around Nashville. I have just recently finished a mural for Frothy Monkey Coffee on Vanderbilt’s campus. Painting is my life’s passion and I hope to be able to produce it full time. For now I’ll learn as much as possible in the advertising world and enjoy my life with my husband, Bru and our dog, Rooster.
Charles Shultz’s ‘Peanuts’ cartoons taught Madison Clell how to read, and as a result she became hooked on visual story telling. After studying trombone and fine arts at the University of Oregon, she created a darkly humorous comic book series about trauma and recovery, and was recruited to transform the series into a play that debuted in San Francisco in 2009. Post playwriting and B&W cartooning, Madison stumbled into the world of chalk art and realized that this art form was a fun match for her kinetic drawing style. She loves the bold colors, physicality, and open public access of this art form. Madison is particularly thrilled to be part of the Nashville Chalk Festival which benefits the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences as she has a minor hearing impairment and often sports decorated hearing aids. Swing by her square for both work in progress and free hearing-aid-friendly pony beads! www.madisonclell.com
I started drawing when I was a child and painting when I was a teenager. Having made those choices led me to take path on my graphic design career. In the beginning I worked with techniques like; oil paints, ink, watercolor, pastels, acrylic and just fell more in love with the beauty of creating. I get most of my inspiration from my family, music and from the way I see and want to see the world. The Nashville Chalk Fest will be my first big event so I am really excited!!
Zachary Herndon has been chalking since 2011 at festivals in GA, FL, KY, TN, TX, Italy, and Germany. He specializes in pop art and graphical styles. He has a passion for making new friends and co-founded the GA Chalk Artists Guild with his wife Jessi Queen in 2014 to help promote street painting in GA. Zach and Jessi live in Atlanta and have an awesome son and two spunky dachshunds.
I live in Simpsonville, KY. This is only my second event outside a charity event I do every year in Elizabethtown, KY. I like to do interactive or action pieces so this year’s piece will be my first portrait attempt.
I’m Ali Lawrence. I’m 20 years old and a born and raised Tennessean. I’m passionate about dogs, hiking, art, and poetry.
Do you feel like you have something lurking under the surface? A primal force so strong, trying to break out and be heard? Then perhaps my art is for you.
I’m Shondell Marquis McFall- craft, mixed media, and abstract art. I’m a Columbia born, now Nashville residing Tennessean. Music is my first love, but I hold a special place in my art for the visual arts.
I have a wonderful 5 year old son and I’m an identical twin. My brother also is an artist.
My art handle is The Weary Easel
Jennifer Richardson and the Adventures in Art Club
The Adventures in Art Club – a large student group formed of art enthusiast. Our Art Nouveau inspired design was created by Reginald Williams. The participating students are majoring in Interior Design, Graphic Design, Media Arts & Animation, Graphic & Web Design, and Digital Photography. This is the third year our group has participated in Nashville Chalk Fest and we look forward to many more.
My name is Dulce Melina Saucedo. I was born in Mexico in 1988, but I traveled around with my parents. I have lived in many cities in 3 different countries. I have been an artist since very young and pursued my passion. I hold a BFA in graphic and web design and a BFA in interior design and decor. I also am a tattoo artist with 10 years of experience and own a tattoo shop in Alamos Sonora Mexico. I love to get involved with charity events, and art competitions that help the community.
James is a Nashville native that moved to the Atlanta area in 2014. He studied graphic design at MTSU and has since been exploring work through multiple mediums, particularly favoring chalk. Through collaboration with his friend, Quan Mcfall, he has done pieces on sidewalks all around downtown Nashville. Upon moving, he was lucky enough to discover a group of artists that specialize in chalk (the Georgia Chalk Artist Guild), and has been able to participate in festivals and other events including the festival last year in Nashville (pictured here).
Tracy Montoya- Invited Artist
I am a freelance artist. My work is figurative in nature from portraits, to figures in specific settings, to how people are connected to their environment. I also take on commissioned work as well, which ranges from portrait work, to specific designs, to commercial drawings and advertisements for businesses. I work primarily in pencil, charcoal, pastel, color pencil, watercolor painting, and acrylic painting. I also have been in art education in some capacity for over 10 years now.
Currently, I am exploring images through a theatrical, cinematic perspective. I am trying to explore the use light, both natural and artificial lighting, textures, natural and created backgrounds, and how they can help create the subject and affect the emotional state of my image. I create images that are edited versions of the original photos. They are representational in style, but are often fictional and surreal, abstract at times and sometimes all of the above in subject matter. I use my family and myself often as subjects in my work. I also recently began working on landscapes where still might be some figurative relationship with landscape. I keep finding new ways to grow as an artist and my students and my own children are my greatest teachers and sources of inspiration.
As an Artist Sarah Arace enjoys expressing herself through many different media, including; drawing, painting, photography,
animation, and mixed-media. Born Sarah Ellen Langdon and raised in Huntington West Virginia currently lives in Nashville, TN
with her husband and 4 dogs.
Sarah’s studies and instruction of art has taken her to; SCAD in Savannah GA, The Art Institute of TN, Vanderbilt University,
and University of Florida. Sarah’s inspiration and passion for the Arts comes from life experiences, like being a single mother
at 16, overcoming life’s obstacles, and embracing your ‘imperfections’. She appreciates any opportunity to inspire, create
art, and empower people.
Katie Bush is an artist born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She received both her BFA and MAEd in Art Education. In 2013, she helped organize a chalk festival in Marietta, GA. After seeing the chalk artists perform during the event, she signed up for her first festival and hasn’t stopped chalking since. She has since won multiple awards for her creations. In her spare time, she practices yoga, travels, and cooks vegan food.
My name is Alyssa Fosnight and I am a Doctor of Audiology student at Vanderbilt University. I’m in my last year of the program, so I am very excited about graduating and becoming a Pediatric Audiologist. My hometown is West Milton, Ohio, so I feel obligated to say O-H ___! I mainly draw/paint for fun in my free time. I enjoy experimenting with different mediums and I try not to confined myself to a sheet of paper (ex. A couple of times I took some window crayons and drew on my windows). What I love about art is that it has no rules or boundaries, so for me it allows me to just be me. I look forward to participating in the Nashville Chalk Fest as an artist!
Born in Atlanta, GA, I grew up in Texas, Germany and Tennessee. I started drawing and painting as a child and continued exploring art throughout my early education. I continued studying art at Queens College, Charlotte NC and received a degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1984.
Painting is a source of great joy and peace for me. My goals with my art are to create images that leave the viewer with a sense of happiness. Most of the images I create are considered mixed media. The use of acrylic and oil paints, paint mediums, pastels, inks, fabric, paper, pencil and pen provide the opportunity for endless creative possibilities. My faith, family and friends are the inspiration for the images I create; they are the harmony and the love.
Elyse-Krista Mische is a mixed-media illustrator who grew up in St. Cloud Minnesota. She earned her B.A. in studio art from Lawrence University of Appleton Wisconsin in 2011. She has completed artist residencies at Holden Village (Chelan, WA) in 2015, with Elsewhere Studios (Paonia, CO) in 2016, and at The Charles Adams Studio Project (Lubbock, TX) in 2016. Since 2010, Elyse-Krista has shown nationally in exhibitions; recently at the MacRostie Art Center (Grand Rapids, MN), the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (Brooklyn, NY), and with the James May Gallery (Algoma, WI). She was recently commissioned by the Appleton Chamber of Commerce to paint a public mural in Kaukauna, WI. Elyse-Krista is currently a 2017-2018 artist in residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN).
Jessi Queen is an award winning chalk artist living in Atlanta, GA. She received her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and has been creating chalk murals on the sidewalk since 2007. She has participated in national and international chalk festivals including in Italy and Germany. With fellow chalk artists she started the Georgia Chalk Artists Guild which has grown to over 20 members from GA and around the country. www.jessiqueen.com/
My name is Sadie Schwarz and I am a Pediatric Doctor of Audiology at Vanderbilt University. I just completed my first year with the hospital and I love it! I am from Hamilton, Ohio and have drawn/created for most of my life. My father does chainsaw sculptures, whittling, and can build anything you need out of wood/metal. I enjoy learning new mediums and coming up with custom products for others. I spend most of my time wood burning and drawing pencil/graphite portraits of others. I have always enjoyed trying to incorporate my creative/artistic side with my science-y side. I look forward to participating in Nashville Chalk Fest!!
I was born in Nashville, but grew up in Decatur AL. I am self-taught and work in oils, colored pencil and “house paint”. I have painted murals, portraits and most anything else. I donate most of the paintings I do to charity or given them away as gifts. I enjoy sports art (Alabama football) the most. I have done multiple live paintings for various events.
I own a screen printing business in Decatur that I started in 1995. I do art because I enjoy it. This will be my first attempt at street art and I’m excited for the challenge. I have worked with pastels but it has been several years.