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Artists in good frame of mind despite rain
David Moore concentrated as he drew the canine racer from “Go, Dog. Go!”
Grasping a piece of chalk, Moore’s eyes darted from his asphalt canvas to a copy of the cover of his favorite childhood book.
And then he would glance at his laptop, where a weather map showed a mass of green and yellow heading straight for Fredericksburg, where Moore and more than 100 other artists were busy creating masterpieces on two downtown roads.
The fourth annual Via Colori art event in downtown Fredericksburg was threatened Saturday by a fast-moving afternoon storm.
As Moore watched the projected storm move closer, he broke out some duct tape and a clear, plastic tarp and began covering his artwork.
Throughout Charlotte and Sophia streets, artists debated doing the same. Next to Moore, Anna Bacon serenely continued to blend colors, using a toothbrush.
Artists have two days to complete their work. It usually only takes an hour or so for a sketcher to smudge the chalk with their fingers, which take quite a beating. Asphalt can quickly chafe fingertips raw, so artists use Band–Aids, pieces of tape and squares of carpet remnants.
Bacon, a senior at Fredericksburg Academy, brushed the colors into the pavement as she worked on a picture from memory. Bacon re-created a photograph of her great-grandmother, a native Hawaiian. Bacon drew in elements of Pele, the fire goddess.
Smudges of ink-colored chalk stained Bacon’s legs, arms, fingers and face. As the storm drew close, the sky began to resemble Bacon’s chalky smudges. A strong wind blew art supplies down the street. And Bacon and some friends brought out the duct tape and tarps.
“I don’t want it to wash away,” Bacon said as she covered her picture.
Nearby, 10-year-old Jesse North seemed unconcerned with the impending storm as she drew a picture from the game Minecraft.
Jesse didn’t own the game, so she was drawing from memories of when she played with a friend in Seattle. She and her family just moved from Washington to Virginia in August. Jesse started school at Fredericksburg Academy, where art teacher Mirinda Reynolds invited students to participate in the annual project which brings art to the streets.
Jesse was one of 50 Fredericksburg Academy students to participate in Via Colori this year.
Carver Johnson, a sophomore at Stafford High School, was also inspired by his art teacher to sketch on the road Saturday.
Carver, 15, created a fusion of several different video game characters—including those from Halo and Gears of War.
Tappahannock artist Terry Creasy was glad to see so many children and youth participating in the creative endeavor.
“It’s important to encourage children in art,” said Creasy, who has introduced her 2-year-old grandson to finger painting and has already bought art supplies for her second grandson, due any day.
Amy Umble: 540/735-1973