Award winning artist Brigitte Mailahn, of Dover, participated in the 2012 Chalk Walk in Tampa as both a Gallery Artist and as a Plein Air Artist.

The Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts (TBBCA) held its Fourth Annual Chalk Walk and Art Festival in Old Hyde Park Village in Tampa in March. Several artist from the greater Brandon area participated, including Brigitte Mailahn, of Dover, Cory Wright, of Apollo Beach, and Cassandra Womack, of Brandon.

Mailahn participated as a Gallery Artists and in the Plein Air Art. Plein Air is painting outdoors. Mailahn said, “The biggest challenge is the change of light. You have to paint fast and therefore you don’t overwork it.” Mailahn won an award for Plein Air Art and had several fabulous pieces in the Gallery.

Wright and Womack participated in the Chalk Walk and both won awards for their creations. Wright said, “I have enjoyed street painting since my first experience participating in a festival 11 years ago. It’s really performance art, as much as anything because you’re creating this work of art entirely out in the open, interacting with the public all along the way.” For Wright, this year’s festival was a family affair as her seven-year-old son, Sam, created a stunning piece next to his mother’s.

Chalk Walk is a free annual art festival that is held each spring in Hyde Park Village. According to Jennifer Davis, executive director of TBBCA, “This fun, family friendly event has two goals. First, we want to provide free access for the public to see the arts and interact with the artists. Secondly, we want to provide a venue for artists where they can display and sell their work and keep 100 percent of the profit.”

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