El Paso Chalk-Art Fest Includes Pop-Up Storefront Spaces, Outdoor Installations

The City of El Paso is holding it’s fifth annual Chalk the Block public art festival this weekend, beginning this evening at 6pm. The fest, running October 12 -14 in the El Paso Downtown Arts District features over 200 artists and is centered around 50+ chalk art murals created during the course of the festival.

This year, in addition to the chalksters, acrobats, and sausage-on-a-stick vendors, organizers have programmed several Pop-Up Galleries in vacant downtown storefronts, with a Gallery Crawl on opening night Friday, October 12th, from 7 – 10 pm, and a plateful of crowd-pleasing outdoor art, some respectable: Mirazozo Luminarium, a monumental inflatable sculpture by British artists Architects of Air; an interactive piece called Seed Pod, by Tucson artist collective Creative Machines; Woozy Blossom, by Manhattan artist, Matthew Geller; and local artist Adrian Esparza’s Weaving Wall, composed of images from the Otis A. Aultman Historic Photography Archives.

Over 30,000 El Pasoans and tourists are expected.

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