2018 Featured Artists
Chris Brake is a street chalk artist. It shouldn’t be hard to notice him, as there’s usually more chalk on Chris than the street. He began this hobby 13 years ago at the former Santa Clarita Chalk Festival, frightened by the art size and number of people that would be watching. An instant obsession was born. Chris has since been a Featured Artist multiple times and has placed in various festival award rankings, including Best in Show, Best Use of Color, Best Technique, and Most Whimsical. But he admits that much of his growth is attributed to watching his peers. Studying, inquiring, experimenting, and plenty of patience have allowed Chris to improve each year. His love for the art form continues to push him to find new techniques and styles.
Chris’ favorite aspect of street chalk art is the public interaction. It allows him to share his passion with others, while also meeting the many wonderful people that come out and support the arts. Chris finds the temporary nature of chalk art appealing; like a snapshot in time. Something special created for those people in attendance. While most art is viewed in its final form, street art provides the opportunity for the audience to see art as a work in progress.
To browse his portfolio, please visit www.streetchalkartist.com.
Carolyn Watson Dubisch
Carolyn Watson Dubisch is an artist, illustrator, sculptor and author. In her years as a professional artist she’s created giant vegetables for a Washington DC Museum, helped create two dozen tiny hot air balloons for a Vegas show and designed alien bird-men for Star Wars games. Her work is in private collections on three continents, she has exhibited all over the United States, in the Czech Republic, Morocco, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, The U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, Argentina and is part of the permanent collection of The Aswara Art Gallery in Malaysia and The Arthouse at Green Olive Arts, Morocco. She crafted 19 puppets for a theater production in Bariloche, Argentina and has created murals in Phoenix, Tucson, and San Diego.
A writer and illustrator for numerous children’s books and magazines including Highlights for Children and Hopscotch, she also writes and draws award winning web-comics. Find her newest children’s book, “The Hiccup Monster” from Fuzzy Belly Books in Canada.
Last summer she completed a large sculptural installation called “Night Over Tetouan” at the Arthouse for Green Olive Arts in Tétouan, Morocco. The display has had packed viewing audiences for the over a week and has been used as a background for a fashion photo shoot, and is now reopening at a new location, Colegio Nuestra Señora del Pilar, in Tétouan this coming April. Her hand crafted masks will be in the upcoming season of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, in Sean Penn’s new series on Hulu, and in the independent film “The Tourist”, all to be released in 2018.
She has done chalk festivals for years in Phoenix and Tucson, and in November was part of the International Chalk art Festival in Sarasota, Florida. She’s promoted these events on the ABC morning show in Phoenix, as well as on CBS, by drawing live on TV.
2018 Guest Artists
Lisa Bernal Brethour – Lisa Bernal Brethour is a 3rd generation Arizonan who lives in Tempe. Lisa’s work is influenced by the colors and patterns of her Mexican heritage and also by her grandmother’s collection of botanical prints. Her work focuses on personal relationships and the interdependency between nature and people, the belief that we are all connected.
Jeff Daverman – Artist and Owner of Infamous Network and Custom Sticker Makers.
A professional independent artist, graphic designer and small business owner living and working in Prescott, AZ, he co-founded Infamous Network in 1996. Since then he has been producing and expanding the ROOT CONCEPTS collection which currently includes original art on bumper stickers, magnets, lip balm, and apparel. He has also introduced many new ROOT CONCEPTS designs on fine art giclee canvas prints. The canvas prints have given him the opportunity to showcase images and ideas from many different disciplines including painting, colored pencil drawing, chalk, pen and ink, photography, and graphic illustration.
In 2007 he started Custom Sticker Makers, a business focused on printing custom stickers and labels. The CSM Team and he enjoy working with, helping support, and hooking up small business owners, entrepreneurs, and artists in all walks of life! Jeff has participated in Chalk It UP! since 2009 and happily continues to support this event through both art and sponsorship.
Noami Foster – Noami Foster is a graphic designer.
As a developing visual communicator, she always finds time for creativity, whether it be sketching on paper, designing on the computer, or taking a class. Though she has a BA in Commercial Art and a BS in Visual Communications, she has continued to develop her skills as a designer/illustrator through studies in animation, drawing techniques and design strategies.
She’s enjoyed designing for over 20 years now; while design may be the majority of her work, art continues to be a part of her life. She’s had the opportunity to travel the United States as a chalk artist, participating in a variety of festivals.
Besides illustrating stationery and developing brand identity packages for print and digital, Noami plans to continue on this art journey that will take her to different parts of the world, like Africa and Europe.
You can follow Noami on
Her website is: www.onejdesigns.com
Twyla Johnson – Twyla Johnson is a deputy district attorney for Imperial County, California. When she’s not pursuing justice, she’s traveling up and down California participating in chalk festivals or drawing on the sidewalks outside of her house. She fell in love with the medium in high school when her art teacher organized their home town’s first street chalk event and gave her a 12-pack of Crayola chalk.
Gus Moran – Gus Moran is a native of CA, raised in the city of Baldwin Park, just 15 miles east of Los Angeles. Gus is a single father raising 3 children, Christopher, Amanda and Sophia. He studied art at Mount San Antonio College and Fullerton College in CA. His early influences were Pablo Picasso and Romero Britto. Gus studied their use of cubanism, which was a big part of his early work while painting on canvas, using mainly acrylic paints. Romero Britto’s use of bright and bold colors still influences Gus’ work today. Gus began using chalk pastels in 2004 when a friend suggested he sign up for a chalk festival in Pasadena CA. This festival would become one of many that Gus now attends yearly. His favorite part of festivals is the interaction with the crowds and children, learning new techniques and the comradery there is between all the artist. He has been invited to events in Florida, Arizona, Colorado and Washington along with many in CA, places like Mission Viejo, San Diego and Ventura to name a few. Gus has also created large murals for KIND Natural Snacks at the Anaheim Convention Center, Walking With Dinosaurs at the Honda Center and the Festival of Arts in Palm Springs CA. He says art is more than a passion for him, it’s also therapeutic. “For me art is more than the finished pretty picture you see, it’s years of struggle, pain, laughter, love and hope that go into any mural I paint,” he said. “It’s helped me to heal at some of the most vulnerable times in my life. Picasso said, “All children are artists, the hard part is remaining an artist when we grow up.”
Lea and Ian Rankin – Lea and Ian are from Youngtown, AZ and absolutely LOVE chalking! They’ve been married 20 years and have built a stronger relationship because of their experiences chalking as a team. Their first chalking event was in 2015. Most of all, they absolutely love to create art! They were Guest Artists at the 2016 Chalk It Up! Prescott festival, and Featured Artists in 2017.
Holly Schineller – Holly Schineller is a resident of Tempe, Arizona, who attended both the California College of Art and Arizona State University to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art. Visual Art is her means of processing the inspiration she finds in nature, the sciences and mathematics. For the last six years her commercial work has been focused on glass fusing including functional serving pieces, trophies and architectural installations. Her work appears in public institutions and private collections. Holly also teaches beginning warm glass classes in Tempe. She spends the majority of her volunteer time in the artistic and nontheistic communities focusing on raising questions and hopefully inspiring people. Her work also includes drawing, painting and street painting. Holly enjoys getting people excited about Science and bringing its beauty to the street. “The pastels allow me to create images and express ideas I can’t always convey in glass.” You can see some of her glass on her Facebook page or her street painting work on Facebook page Holly Grounded – also on Instagram. Holly joins Chalk It UP! Prescott for her 8th appearance. She served as one of the featured artists at the 2012 event. Holly and her crew again join us this year as artists and event volunteers.
Van Patten Family – Erin & Doug Van Patten are both graduates of the Art Institute of Philadelphia. They run various businesses that incorporate their creativity to make a living. Their daughter has inherited some artistic talent as well, so they love to do artistic things as a family! They were Guest Artists at the 2016 Chalk It Up! Prescott festival, and created a piece called “Alphabet Soup”… and in 2017 they were Featured Artists with “Look Closer”.
Kim Welsh Bio to come…
2018 Guest Artist Applications are now CLOSED.
Guest Artists Receive:
- Name recognition
- Larger space
- Opportunity to win “people’s choice” with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize
- And other small perks
Please complete this application and click SUBMIT to send it to Chalk It UP! Prescott. Sending an application does not imply automatic acceptance. Space is limited to approximately 10 people. Application deadline is February 1, 2018. Selected artists will be notified in mid February. In addition to your application, please email 2 photos of your recent work to email@example.com. You may choose to mail or email additional information or a resume in addition to this application. Please note: our featured artists are pre-selected each year from past guest artists (becoming a guest artist is the first step).