Whimsical chalk artist at Muskegon Lakeshore Art Fest adding permanent piece


MUSKEGON, MI – Sidewalk chalk art will be elevated at this year’s Lakeshore Art Festival, with a well-known street artist and everyone else invited to add their marks.

The art festival, which features fine art as well as crafty art, will be June 25-26 in downtown Muskegon.

This year, artist David Zinn will create eight to 10 chalk and charcoal street drawings – the type that he has been making around Ann Arbor for 35 years, drawing international attention to his whimsical 3-D style.

While his art typically is temporary, Zinn will create one permanent piece that will add to the numerous commissioned pieces in and around downtown Muskegon.

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“David Zinn is known for his unique perspective on seeing art in the most unusual places,” Lakeshore Art Festival Director Carla Flanders said in a prepared statement. “Where others might see a crack in the sidewalk, David sees a colorful and playful creature just waiting to be designed.”

In Zinn’s world, a tuft of grass in a sidewalk crack becomes a gentleman’s mustache, or an overturned flowerpot becomes a lamp shade for a tiny mouse reading a book.

Zinn will drop his characters throughout downtown, inviting art festival visitors to hunt them down, scavenger style.

To add to the street art vibe, the public is invited to grab a free bag of chalk and add their own drawings along Western Avenue during the Padnos Public Art Project from 4-6 p.m. June 25.

The art project “allows everyone to explore their artistic side,” Flanders said.

The art festival will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 26.

Juried fine art will be in Hackley Park while craft exhibitors, an artisan food market and street performers primarily will be along Western Avenue.

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