photos by CHERYL HOGUE

Chalk It Up!

The 13th Annual ArtSplash Chalk Art and Entertainment Festival returned to Carlsbad in late September with a colorful weekend of art and family fun. Every year at ArtSplash, professional artists gather to decorate the pavement with museum-quality chalk paintings and families from all over North County come to watch in awe. This year’s event, in the theme of “A September to Remember,” featured the magical 3D chalk art of internationally-renowned artist Tracy Lee Strum and performances by the Fern Street Circus, as well as sand sculpture by Gerry Kirk, and entertainment by the Vista Buddhist Temple Shokenji Taiko Drummers and the Euphoria Brass Band. Attendees also had the opportunity to create their own family chalk squares, and many local teachers brought their students to create art projects. Proceeds from the event benefit arts and music programs in North County schools. ArtSplash Co-founder and Chair Joni Miringoff said, “We thank all the educators for inspiring their students to soar and succeed. Their efforts enable ArtSplash to fulfill its mission as a community celebration for arts education.” For more information visit or