Despite all the changes in the world some things still occur, including the annual chalk art festival at the Easton Shopping Center. While I did not attend on the official times during the weekend I was there very early Monday morning before anyone else arrived so I had the place to myself.
Easton is a very large ‘lifestyle center’ in Northeast Columbus. A lifestyle center is a shopping area built to resemble an actual town, with streets going through the shops, apartments and other less traditional mall features.
On Saturday they had a chalk art contest. We arrived early on Sunday morning before the stores (and therefore the people) arrived, giving plenty of opportunity for unobstructed views of the final work. The early morning shadows, however, proved to be tricky.
The art itself was excellent, with a variety of subjects and approaches to style.
We made a mid August trip up to Cleveland to check out a couple of places in University Circle. The first was at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Chalk Art. As noted in a previous post the museum is an amazing place, with one of the finest collections in America. We bypassed the world class art and headed outside where there were about 100 people coloring on the sidewalks with chalk.
The setting for this effort were the sidewalks and patios overlooking a pond. In addition to all of the amateur artists, there were a couple of professionals, but in my opinion they weren’t any better than some of the locals.
Among the works were a tribute to Gene Wilder, who had recently died, a number of animated characters, entire families doing themes, and various colorful artistic patterns.
We took a walk around Wade Oval for an overview, the view back towards the museum is wonderful. We also found one of the professionals all by himself on the far side of the pond.
After a quick lunch at the museum cafe we headed up the hill to Lakeview Cemetery. With over 100,000 graves Lakeview is massive, truly an arboretum with headstones. Many famous people are buried here including President Garfield, John D Rockefeller, Mark Hanna and other leaders of Cleveland. Our hunt was to take us past the impressive Garfield Memorial, but more importantly to find two of the more unique people buried here; Elliot Ness and Harvey Pekar. Both had colorful lives, and now are buried very close to each other.
Great Lake Brewery makes an Elliot Ness Lager, and someone had left a bottle in tribute at the headstone.
Harvey’s had a number of pens stuck in the ground as a tribute.
While it might seem strange to visit a cemetery as a tourist, we clearly weren’t alone, and Lakeview encourages visitors. If you find yourself up in the Heights, I highly recommend killing some time there.