Sycamore event to celebrate local arts

By Jessica Kalin

The Art Attack in Sycamore is pulling out paint, brushes and ideas for their first “Paint the Pavement” event.

The event, in conjunction with the Sycamore block party on Saturday, will feature 40 artists painting 4- by 6-foot blocks in the city parking lot.

The Art Attack School of Art, at 215 W. Elm St. in Sycamore, is a not-for-profit organization designed to promote art within the community through classes and creativity.

Susan Edwards, director of the event, said they have wanted to have an outdoor art festival for a long time.

“We wanted to celebrate art – and not just visual art,” Edwards said.

With a budget of $700 for tempera paint, brushes and other supplies for the artists, the festival will include street musicians, face painters and a 3 p.m. parade.

The festival will be sponsored through different local corporations.

Kristin Brynteson, assistant director for the event, said the festival will help people get involved in the arts.

“Susan and I both were trying to convey the idea of living in the moment, creating art for the sake of art,” Brynteson said.

College students, craft painters, professional artists and families have signed up for squares.

Blocks will remain open until today. Registration is required, but no fee will be charged.

There will be a free painting area where anyone will be able to participate without registering or participating in the block-painting contest.

“This is just a taste of what’s to come, we are hoping for a lot of people,” Brynteson said.

Though this is their first year, the directors at Art Attack would like to continue the “Paint the Pavement” event next year.

Painting will begin at 1 p.m. and end with a judging of the art at 5 p.m. Prizes will be given for both amateur and professional participants.