CHALK-FULL OF ART; AT FAIR, STUDENTS DISCOVER ELATION IN THE CREATION.
Byline: John Huddy Daily News Staff Writer
Trinity Shawley was getting her hands dirty at the Ventura County Fair on Thursday.
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``I like hearing about what people think about the art,'' said Shawley, intently working on a picture derived from Neil Gaiman's book ``The Sandman Sandman
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``It's fun, but also it gives people a treat - exposing them to art.''
Shawley, along with 30 other Ventura High School artists, has been busy creating various pieces of chalk art since the attraction opened Wednesday.
``This is a neat thing for kids to do,'' said San Fernando San Fernando, city, Argentina
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In its first year at the fair, the I Madonnari chalk-art exhibit gives spectators a chance to watch the young artists outline, sketch sketch, a rapidly executed kind of pictorial note-taking. The sketch is not usually intended as an autonomous work of art, although many have been considered masterpieces in their own right. and color their works with the various shades of Noun 1. shades of - something that reminds you of someone or something; "aren't there shades of 1948 here?"
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``We've had people coming back here all day to see the progress of the paintings being done,'' said Youth Expo Superintendent Peggy Kroener. ``The exhibit is showcasing the kids working, which people have really enjoyed so far.''
Patti Post, an art teacher at Ventura High School for the past 23 years, helped implement the new program at Ventura High.
``We're here to demonstrate the art process and to bring art to kids who don't have much art exposure,'' said Post, who says art is a way of life. ``This takes passion and practice for my students and I, it's a discovery process. We discovered the benefits to being a creative human being.''
The I Madonnari art form originated on the streets of Italy, where artists used chalk to create works of art on the streets for public spectators, in celebration of the Madonna, says Post.
``Art is a way of self-expression for me,'' said 18-year-old Monique Dabbs, a recent graduate of Ventura High who was creating, along with her partners Monique Colasanti and Emily Vizzo, their own work of art: a ballerina holding a scale, an interpretation of the astrological sign Astrological signs represent twelve equal segments or divisions of the zodiac. According to astrological superstition, celestial phenomena reflect or govern human activity on the principle of "as above, so below", so that the twelve signs at the same time are held to represent Libra Libra (lē`brə, lī`–) [Lat.,=the scales], southern constellation lying on the ecliptic (the sun's apparent path through the heavens) between Virgo and Scorpius; it is one of the constellations of the zodiac. . ``It's a great creative outlet and way to express emotion and feelings.''
For 16-year-old Meagan Vallas, art can become not only a creative outlet, but an addiction.
``You kind of get absorbed by what you're doing,'' said Vallas, chalk in hand as she put the starting touches on her work, a scene from Shakespeare's ``A Midsummer Night's Dream A Midsummer Night's Dream is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare written sometime in the 1590s. It portrays the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors, their interactions with the Duke and Duchess of Athens, Theseus and Hippolyta, and .''
Since Wednesday, more than 20 works of art by the students have been done.
PHOTO (1--Color) From left, Monique Dabbs, Emily Vizzo and Monique Colasanti work on their chalk art at the county fair in Ventura.
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dys·func cartoon family. Above, Trinity Shawley works on a chalk scene at the fair.
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