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‘Hole’ lotta art on tap

3-D sidewalk mural, street-painting event new this year

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

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DIXON – The city may appear to be crumbling Thursday, when a giant hole opens downtown.

No worries, though. Pedestrians won’t fall in.

Artists Philip Atilano – a Dixon native and now a muralist and 3-D artist in Milwaukee – Kris Meyers, Tristan Young and Kitto will use chalk to create the illusion of a hole in the sidewalk in front of The Next Picture Show, as part of the Petunia Festival celebration.

Also new to the Pet Fest art scene this year is Thursday’s Brush, Bloom, and Boom painting competition, in which participants will use a closed section of First Street, between Galena and Peoria avenues, as a canvas.

Work on the “hole” will begin at 9 a.m. and could last all day, said Bonnie Kime, executive director at The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St.

When it’s done, the 3-D effect may cause pedestrians to feel like they are going to fall into the hole, which will portray the underbelly of a city sidewalk. A photographer will be taking photos of the artists.

“We’re hoping this will serve as a kickoff and attraction to the street painting,” Kime said. “We want to attract as many young artists as we can.”

Starting at noon, people of all ages can paint 4-by-4-foot squares, for $10 a square. The competition will be similar to the “chalk the walk” activity during Scarecrow Festival or “Paint the Town” in Morrison, said Josh Albrecht, Dixon Main Street executive director.

“We thought it would be something new to add with the festival coming downtown,” Albrecht said. “Kids and adults can help do some of the decorating and bring some spirit to the downtown. Many of the businesses will be closed, so we don’t expect an impact to them closing the street.”

Paint and brushes will be supplied. Participants will get one brush, but they are welcome to bring more. Winners will be announced at 5 p.m. and prizes of carnival wristbands and downtown gift certificates will be awarded.

The $10 mostly will be used to pay for supplies.

“If we end up getting 500 people, it’ll serve as a fundraiser to go back to Main Street and Petunia Festival,” Albrecht said. “Our goal is to get 200 squares.”

For those looking for even more art, the 32nd annual Nuts About Art Fair will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at John Dixon Park, 515 N. Galena Ave.

All kinds of fine art will be on display and for sale, including paintings, glass art, metal sculpture, pottery, jewelry and photography.

Admission is free and entertainment will be provided by Wade Buzzard and Debbie Thompson.

And The Next Picture Show fine arts gallery itself will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Saturday. Admission is free. Go to the nextpictureshow.org or call 815-285-4924 for more information.

To participate

Go to www.petuniafestival.org/brushbloomboom to register today for the Brush, Bloom and Boom art competition, or register at 11 a.m. Thursday at the corner of First and Hennepin avenues.

Cost is $10 per square.

Call Dixon Main Street, 815-288-2308, for more information.

At the Petunia Festival

Wednesday

6 to 11 a.m.: Dixon Area Garden Club pancake breakfast, in the pancake tent on Page Park Drive.

5 p.m. to midnight: Taste Trail at Riverfront Heritage Crossing.

6 p.m.: Petunia Festival/Dixon Elks Lodge 779 Charity No Limit Hold ’em Poker Tournament at the lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Road. Register at 4:30 p.m. Entry fee $60.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Back Country Roads at Riverfront Stage on River Street.

9:30 to 11:30 p.m.: Brushfire at Riverfront Stage.

Thursday

6 to 11 a.m.: Dixon Area Garden Club pancake breakfast, in the pancake tent on Page Park Drive.

11:30 a.m.: Seventh annual Beanbag Tournament at River Street and Hennepin Avenue. Register for $5 at 10:30 a.m. for the "fun toss" and for $10 at 11:30 a.m. for the competitive tournament.

Noon to midnight: Taste Trail at Riverfront Heritage Crossing.

Noon to 5 p.m.: Brush, Bloom and Broom street-painting competition on First Street between Galena and Hennepin avenues. Cost to participate is $10; prizes will be awarded.

Noon to 2 p.m.: Bounce at the Riverfront Stage.

1 to 11 p.m.: North American Midway Entertainment Carnival on Page Park Drive in front of Dixon High School.

2 to 4 p.m.: Burn 'N' Bush at Riverfront Stage.

4 to 6 p.m.: Tristan Bushman & UncleBroDaddies at Riverfront Stage.

5 to 6:30 p.m.: Dana Stonesifer Classic girls soccer alumni game, A.C. Bowers Field at Dixon High School.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Robbie LeBlanc & the Real Live Show at Riverfront Stage.

6:30 to 8 p.m.: Dana Stonesifer Classic boys soccer alumni game, A.C. Bowers Field at Dixon High School.

9:30 to 11:30 p.m.: Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo at Riverfront Stage.

Friday

6 to 11 a.m.: Dixon Area Garden Club pancake breakfast, in the pancake tent on Page Park Drive.

4 to 11 p.m.: North American Midway Entertainment Carnival on Page Park Drive in front of Dixon High School.

5 to 7 p.m.: Family Fun Night with an ice cream social on the Old Lee County Courthouse lawn, 112 E. Second St., with kids activities such as pick a duck, bottle pitch, memory match, and face painting. 

5 p.m. to midnight: Taste Trail at Riverfront Heritage Crossing.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Gina Venier and the Gentlemen at Riverfront Stage.

7 p.m.: Free Dixon Municipal Band concert on the Old Lee County Courthouse lawn, 112 E. Second St.

9:30 to 11:30 p.m.: The Chicago band Dot Dot Dot at Riverfront Stage (dotdotdotonline.com).

Go to petuniafestival.org for more details and for Saturday and Sunday's schedule.

 

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