First ever Hoopers Island Chalk Arts Festival coming Saturday

FISHING CREEK, Md. – The first ever Hoopers Island Chalk Festival is coming to town.

It’s a free festival that officials say is creating healing waves one chalk line at a time. For some fun, you can see what local and national chalk artists have put together. Along with some food, vendors, and local music. All of this for a good cause, children will have the opportunity to make art on a canvas, which will then be auctioned off for mental health awareness.

Organizers tell 47 ABC through art they are helping raise awareness for health. “Definitely¬†in the Dorchester County community, we want to make mental health awareness safe, okay, we want first responders to know that it’s not always a drug reaction it could just be someone is having a really hard time, and we want the community to really feel the love from us, says Kelly Ellis-Neal, property owner and host of the event.

The beautiful mural features a lighthouse, boats, and the Bungalow wings. Ed Krell, the artist of the mural on the bungalow says they took a survey of what the community wanted to see and it came down to a butterfly or the wings.

He says art is simply a way of communication and bettering yourself. “The practice of making art every single day, being that I’m recovering from a nerve injury – practice making art every day has given me clarity and thinking. The vision was to use art to bring awareness to people who don’t have a voice,” says Ed Krell, a local artist.

Also at the Chalk Festival, they will be hosting a Santa Toy drive so be sure to bring your donations ahead of the holiday. The Chalk festival starts November 5th and until the 6th from 11 am to 4 pm. Organizer Kelly Ellis-Neal says this couldn’t have been done without the community’s support. A part of this festival are Mid Shore Graphics, Dorchester Center for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, and more.

For more information about the festival, click here.

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