Thursday, February 29, 2024

Local Art Museum and Nonprofit Store Team Up for Community Art Event

WILLIAMSBURG — The Habitat for Humanity ReStore and William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art are teaming up for a Driveway Chalk Art competition in the Restore parking lot on Saturday, July 17. The event is open to the public and offers a grand prize of $2,500.

Participants will select one of 50 images from the museum’s permanent collection and either recreate the piece at their home or place of business, or they can come to the ReStore parking lot on the day of the event to render their masterpiece.

The Muscarelle Museum’s Director of Engagement & Distinguished Artist in Residence, Steve Prince, will be there drawing two pieces as well as offering assistance to those participating. Museum staff will also be on hand. A portion of the parking lot will be roped off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for festivities that will include food trucks, a DJ and face painting.

“We will set people up with their squares so they can build their images, and we’ll have chalk on hand, so they can come out with their family and their friends, join in on the fun and enter the competition on the spot,” Prince said. “If people don’t already know how to translate an image and blow it up, we’ll show them how to do it.”

The competition will be open until midnight, July 31. Anyone looking to enter should register on the Driveway Chalk Art Competition Website and upload their work. Prizes range from $300 for honorable mention to the $2,500 grand prize.

Prince and celebrity juror, actress and art collector, CCH Ponder, will select the winners.

The contest has already received several entries from around Hampton Roads as well as California, Vermont, Louisiana and Tennessee.

Each driveway art submission requires a $20 entry fee that will go toward supporting future art projects in the Williamsburg community.

“Both the Muscarelle Museum and the Habitat ReStore are service organizations, so I see this as the perfect marriage,” Prince said. “We service the community by showcasing art and artistic activities. The Habitat ReStore is all about upcycling – something passed on can be healthy and positive to another person. The Habitat ReStore and the museum are similar in terms of enriching families and enriching homes and the culture of the community.”

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