SARASOTA SANDCASTLES AND VENICE CHALK ART ATTRACTS THOUSANDS
It was a big weekend of art in Sarasota this weekend! Weather was on the arts side bringing a sunny weekend! On Siesta Key, it was the 7th year of The Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sandcastle Building Contest. Artists come from around the world to build incredible works of art out of the crystal sand of the #1 beach in the USA as named by Dr. Beach. This year’s winner is called “Sneak Peak” (pictured below).
Sand artists Abram Waterman from Canada and Walter McDonald from Texas won the $5,000.00 prize. Over 35,000 came to Siesta Public beach to look at sandcastles, eat & drink and hear great music by bands including Sarasota’s Kettle of Fish. There was a sand art area for the kids to get lessons on working with sand. The proceeds of the weekend go to Mote Marine Laboratory for turtle research.
Just a ride south on US 41 from Siesta Key was the Chalk Festival Love and Peace at the Venice Municipal Airport. A perfect setting to bring artwork to life on the old runways. Started in 2007, the fest was originally in Burns Court. The Pavement Music festival part of Chalk Fest brought an eclectic variety of musical artists. There was art for kids and areas for anyone to get in the chalk act and do their own work of art. This is the world’s most famous sidewalk artists and the quality of the art is proof. From chess boards to John Lennon, there is something for everyone. Food and drink is available along with tents to sit and relax. Booths of a potpourri of artwork were for sale. Seeing planes coming and going was an added attraction. Both events have free parking. If you didn’t make it this year, plan on it next year!
photos by Vicky Sullivan / Rock The Lens Photography