Nationally Acclaimed Chalk Artist Jennifer Chaparro to be Featured at Two South Florida Festivals

Stuart, FL (PRWEB) January 9, 2011

The Jupiter Jubilee and the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival will feature the work of award winning and nationally acclaimed chalk artist Jennifer Chaparro. The Palm Beach County artist most recently captured awards at the ArtHaus in Port Orange, Florida and also at the Disney/ Florida Chalk Artist’s Association Festival of the Masters, held at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida. The Port Orange win was Chaparro’s second year in a row with an award. The Jupiter Jubilee is in it’s tenth year and will be held on February 5, 2011 from 10am to 5pm at the Jupiter Community Center. Chaparro’s piece will be a 3D “Greetings from Jupiter” interactive postcard, that visitors can sit on and have their picture taken in the postcard. More information about the event is at http://www.jupiter.fl.us/jubilee.

The annual Lake Worth event is February 26 & 27, 2011 on Lake & Lucerne Avenues from 9am – 5pm. This is the 17th year for the event, which is one of the largest street painting festivals in the United States and the world. More information about the festival can be found at http://www.streetpaintingfestivalinc.org. Chaparro also participated in the first International Chalk Event in Sarasota in October.

Chaparro is best known for her award winning technique of using soft pastel chalk on asphalt and concrete pavement surfaces. “The size and vibrancy of my art makes it hard to miss and creates the ‘wow factor’ for everyone who views it,” said Chaparro. The scale of her work, in sizes up to 12-feet by 12-feet creates an intimacy that brings the public into the artwork she has created.

Most pieces take one to three days to complete. “Many people who watch me work compare what they are witnessing to a monarch butterfly migration – temporary & fleeting yet spectacular & amazing to witness,” added Chaparro. What makes Jennifer’s work unusual is that the large works of art are washed completely away after each event.

Chaparro’s philosophy is that street painting is as much about the performance and execution, as it is about the art. “The immediacy and challenges of the ‘canvas’ (which is often a sidewalk or asphalt street) and the weather, make each piece special and unique,” noted Chaparro.

Chaparro recently received her “Qualificato Certification” from the Florida Chalk Artist’s Association (FCAA). The FCAA has three levels of competency, similar to European Street Painters. FCAA members must demonstrate their expertise through winning awards and showing a portfolio of competence in a variety of artistic categories. The three levels recognized are Semplice, Qualificato & Maestre. Chaparro is currently striving for her “Maestre Certification”.

Chaparro has won many awards for her special artistic style including: