2019 Photo Gallery
The Platteville Arts, Trails, and History (PATH) was excited to host their first “Chalk & Cheese,” a one-day outdoor art, food, and music festival that was held Saturday, June 22 — the day after the summer solstice and Make Music Platteville.
Chalk & Cheese celebrates the completion of the Platteville Creative Community Plan and serves as a kickoff for incorporating more arts and culture into community life. People enjoyed creating and viewing chalk art, live music, cheese samples from Emmi Roth and an array of food trucks to curb their appetite, and so much more!
Chalk & Cheese featured nationally recognized artists and emerging and local creators! Everyone can be an artist at Chalk & Cheese.
The artists created colorful artwork on the sidewalks in and around City Park. Visitors were able to watch the art as it unfolds. All had the opportunity to try regional cheeses and listen to live music by Tristan Hirsch and the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers.
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Featured Professional Artists
- Craig and Jamie Rogers
Richland Center Wisconsin Art Teacher Duo, Jamie and Craig Rogers have been collaborating since they met in high school. Both graduated from UW Oshkosh for art education. Their collaborative efforts started focusing on street painting when they decided to celebrate their wedding by joining their first chalk festival in 2010. Since then they have been featured artists at several events and festivals, taught chalk art workshops, presented a lecture on ephemeral art in nature to UW Oshkosh’s Artscore, and taught thousands of students in the public school system. Their current source of inspiration is music, human interaction with nature, and their two children.
- John Soukup
Cedar Rapids artist and illustrator John Soukup has a BA in graphic design from the University of Northern Iowa. He has been a featured artist at the Museum of Wisconsin Art Art and Chalk Fest and the Great Lakes Chalk Competition. John has had exhibits at galleries across the United States and has public art works on display in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Ames, Iowa and Liberty, Missouri.
- Shelley Heath
Milwaukee area professional chalk artist and free-lance artist Shelley Heath has a BS degree in fine arts and biology. She has competed and done commission work for years in Milwaukee, Racine, Brookfield , and Los Angeles. Shelley's favorite subjects are flora and fauna and colorful things in nature.
- Sarah Piper
Sarah Piper. a Platteville native, currently living in LaCrosse, has a MA in printmaking from Marywood University. Sarah has participated chalk art festivals in Eau Claire, Janesville, and LaCrosse since 2015. She was a commissioned chalk artist at Artspire in LaCrosse in 2018 and 2019.
OTHER ARTISTS: Cheese Carver, Troy Landwehr and caricature artist Ron Moraga of Ron Draws.
CHEESE: Free cheese samples from our BIG CHEESE sponsor and Emmi Roth from 11:30 am to 4 pm. Make sure you try some of their award winning cheeses!
LOCATION: City Park, Platteville, Wisconsin. City Park is located one block off Main Street in downtown Platteville. The one-square block park is crisscrossed with 8 sidewalks. Professional artists will work on the sidewalks surrounding the fountain in the center of the park and community artists will work on the sidewalk spurs that radiate from the center.
FESTIVAL DAY: Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Drawings must be completed by 3 p.m. Spectators and artists will vote for their favorites. There will be People's Choice categories for professional, adult, and youth drawings. PATH will announce the People's Choice winners at 5 p.m. The winners will receive prize bags featuring cash and items from Platteville area businesses and organizations and recognition on the PATH website, social media, and post-event publicity.
QUESTIONS: Angie Wright: (608)-348-3301 Ext. 2269 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested in volunteering for this event in the future? Follow PATH on Facebook to see when it comes back.