Colour your world

Chalkfest at Camana Bay

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands along with Camana Bay is inviting all professional and budding artists from the community to come out on Saturday, 2 April, from 3-6pm and compete in the eighth annual Chalkfest.

The chalk art competition uses the pavement as a canvas and gives artists of all ages the opportunity to show off their creative skills in a public arena.

“Camana Bay strongly believes in the importance of supporting Caymanian culture, and we appreciate the integral role that Chalkfest plays in nurturing the arts by providing a platform for local artists to display their talent,” says Karie Bounds, cultural programme coordinator for Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. “Since being added to our calendar in 2008, Chalkfest has become a much-anticipated annual event at Camana Bay. We are pleased to continue our partnership with The National Gallery and we look forward to once again hosting this fun-filled day for the entire family.”

The temporary process of chalk art is based on the ancient art of street painting – an immediate visual process that brings an instant response from its viewers.

“We’ve seen numerous creations each year – drawings have depicted old Caymanian homes, jungle animals, portraits and plant life,” says Mona Watler, communications and marketing manager at the National Gallery. “One year we saw a drawing of a woman climbing out of a manhole. It’s always exciting because you never know what someone will come up with. It truly is a positive and exciting event.”

Judging takes place after the event and prizes are awarded in each category.

Prizes include one-year National Gallery memberships, art supplies, certificates and services from various companies at Camana Bay.

The prize giving will be held at the National Gallery in Harbour Place on Wednesday, 6 April, at 4pm.

The categories are: Primary (five-10 years old), Middle School (11-13 years old), High School (14-17 years old), and Adults (18 and older).


Registration will begin at 2pm on Saturday.

The cost to register, which includes all materials, is $5 for children and $10 for adults 18 and older.

Entrants will also receive free water and sunscreen and kids can treat themselves to fun in the bouncy castle courtesy of Party Source and face painting will be offered by Tansy Maki.

For more information, email Mona Watler at [email protected] or call the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands at 945-8111.