Henry Darnell of Dallas, Texas is a professional artist working in animated films and visual effects for more than 20 years. Darnell is the featured street artist for the Kerrville CHALK Festival June 6 and 7, 2015. Darnell will produce a 12-foot by 12-foot reproduction of a famous painting by a popular American artist in the center of Peterson Plaza in downtown Kerrville. Professionally, Darnell creates physical miniatures, puppets and props for film and television, and he holds a BFA in illustration from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. He made the transition to digital modeling during a 12 – year career at Sony Pictures Imageworks. Darnell’s film credits include; Beetlejuice, Throw Momma from the Train, Scrooged, The Rocketeer, The Abyss, True Lies, Honey I Blew Up the Kid, Starship Troopers, Stuart Little, Stuart Little II, The Haunted Mansion, Castaway, What Lies Beneath, The Attack of the Chubb Chubbs, Open Season, Beowulf, The Polar Express, Big Fish, G-Force and The Watchmen.
The Kerrville Chalk Festival is a celebration of art, family and community in downtown Kerrville. An estimated 50 artists, including local artists, groups and guest artists from around the State will be creating large-scale chalk street paintings on Peterson Plaza. No admission fee will be charged to attend the event. The two-day Festival will include a Community Mural where festival attendees can create their own chalk square. There will be a special area for children 12 and under to create chalk art on the sidewalks of Peterson Plaza.
To sign up and participate as an artist at the Festival, fill out the artist application at www.kerrvillechalk.com. Artist Chair Debbie Minn remarks, “There are no fees for artists and materials will be provided. Artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. The works produced are temporary; if you have never done a street painting; have no fear. The process is both unique and rewarding.”
The Kerr Arts & Cultural Center (KACC) will host a free workshop taught by Darnell to instruct those interested in the techniques of producing large works in chalk on pavement. The hands-on workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Chalk for the workshop will be provided without charge. Space is limited for the workshop and registration is required. Contact the KACC for more information about the workshop. www.KACC.org
The Festival will provide companies and groups opportunities to promote their brand by sponsoring a square at this highly visible Festival. The Cailloux Foundation in Kerrville, TX is the founding sponsor for the Festival in partnership with the City of Kerrville and Huser Construction Company. Sponsors at the Benefactor level to date include the Perry and Ruby Stevens Foundation; Contributing Patron level includes Bank of the Hills, Law office of Jennifer Dean, Gloria and Don Dorsey of Kerrville, Guadalupe National Bank,, Riva and Bobby Parker of Camp Verde, as well as Security State Bank and Trust; Plaza Patrons include, Edward Jones-Bryon Mein, First Insurance Agency of the Hill Country, Kerrville Daily Times, Kerr County Federal Credit Union, Mo-Ranch Creative Arts Ministry Program and the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country. For more information about becoming a sponsor for the Kerrville Chalk Festival, volunteering for the Festival, or creating a street painting with a group or as an individual at the event go to KerrvilleChalk.org or email info@KerrvilleChalk.org.Please visit the Kerrville Chalk Festival Facebook page for updates.