Chalk art, craft beer in Albany Saturday | Lifestyles



ALBANY, GA – The Albany Museum of Art’s “ChalkFest: Home Grown”, a new downtown Albany fall festival that will feature a range of professional artists in chalk, craft beer from across the Georgia, live music and more, is scheduled for 10 am-5pm on Block 100 Avenue des Pins.

“It’s hard to believe AMA ChalkFest is almost here,” said Paula Williams, executive director of the Albany Art Museum. “It’s an event people look forward to every fall. It’s a wonderful way to promote our mission to bring together and build community through art.

Mallory Black, chairman of the AMA ChalkFest committee, said the festival will offer something for the whole family. The City of Albany and Pretoria Fields Brewery have partnered with the museum to help host the AMA ChalkFest in Albany.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this great event to the community,” said Black. “It reaches those who like to have fun, see art in a way they may never have seen it before, and those who love craft beer. It’s an event the whole family can enjoy together on a Saturday.

Entrance tickets for AMA are on sale at They are also available at AMA, 311 Meadowlark Drive on Gillionville Road; Pretoria Fields Brewery, 120 Pine Ave., and Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) at 100 N. Front St.

“We hope everyone who hasn’t purchased a ticket will benefit from the lower anticipated sale prices,” said Williams. “In addition, advance ticket sales can be done electronically. Tickets sold at the door will be cash only. “

Advance tickets cost $ 65 for the VIP experience (21 and over only), $ 20 for admission with five beer tastings (21 and over), and $ 5 for admission without beer. Children 11 and under are admitted free under parental supervision.

Tickets at the door on Saturday will be $ 75 for the VIP experience, $ 25 for admission with five beer tastings, and $ 5 for admission without beer. Children 11 and under are admitted free under parental supervision. (Please note that only cash payments will be accepted at the gates.)

Jessi Queen, one of 11 chalk artists whose work will be showcased on Saturday, was in Albany last Friday for a demonstration at Robert H. Harvey Elementary School on East Second Avenue. She travels across the United States and Europe to create large chalk murals.

“I’m really excited,” she said as she watched elementary students create a mural in front of their school featuring their mascot, a bulldog, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) concepts.

“There are a lot of Georgian artists who come (to AMA ChalkFest) that I know, so it’s always nice to be with all the artists and do our work together,” she said.

Queen was at the forefront of the Georgia Chalk Artists organization.

“My husband (Zach Herndon, who will also be at AMA ChalkFest) and I created the Georgia Chalk Artists Guild, trying to promote chalk art in Georgia,” she said.

Chalk art events are gaining popularity. In Marietta, Chalktoberfest draws around 100,000 visitors each year for its October weekend and draws 80 chalk artists from the United States and other countries. In Venice, Florida, the Chalk Festival takes place over a four-day period. When this festival was held at his original home in Sarasota, Florida, it drew up to 250,000 people.

“I think in 2014 there was only one chalk art festival in Georgia,” Queen noted. “This year alone there are five.”

Joining Queen and Herndon, both from Atlanta, at the Albany Festival on Saturday will be Meg Mitchell from Peachtrees Corners, Fawn DeRosia from Thomaston, Chelsea Austin from Atlanta, Brittany Williams from Griffin, Heather Cap from Fayetteville, James Wheeler from Lawrenceville , Cathryn Bozone from Atlanta, Beth Shistle from DeLaand, Fla., And Leigh Alfredson from Sanford, Fla.

Each will create a chalk mural of at least 50 square feet on the street of Pine Avenue, which will be blocked from the Albany Herald building in Washington Street to the Flint RiverQuarium on Front Street during AMA ChalkFest.

Several amateur artists and school groups will also join in on the action, creating smaller chalk murals on the street.

Festival-goers 21 and older will be able to sample a number of craft beers brewed in Georgia, including those at the Pretoria Fields Brewery in Albany. Other breweries expected to participate are Cherry Street Brewery, Eventide, Macon Beer Company, Omaha Brewing Company, Orpheus Brewing, Piedmont Brewing Co. and SweetWater Brewing Company.

Live music will begin at 11:30 am with the Evergreen Family Band, followed by BANDages at 1:30 pm and Grand Ville at 3:30 pm

In addition to art, craft beer and music, vendors and food trucks will be present at the event.

Those who purchase beer tasting tickets will receive a souvenir Pilsner beer glass.

VIP Experience ticket holders will receive a VIP parking pass for the parking lot adjacent to the AMA ChalkFest grounds; all-day access to the air-conditioned Pretoria Fields VIP Lounge, where they can enjoy dishes prepared by Georgia Grown Chef Todd White and a big-screen TV showing the Georgia-Missouri football game; a premium souvenir glass and unlimited beer tastings, plus a souvenir tote bag.


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