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Posted on: October 2, 2023

Art Along the Rogue happens this week

woman using chalk to draw the face of a woman wearing sunglasses

The 20th “Art Along the Rogue” chalk art festival kicks off on October 6, 2023, with a theme of "Blockbusters on the Block." Whether it’s a classic film like "Star Wars" or the latest Indiana Jones movie, artists will use a favorite to fuel their inspiration. 

This year, more than 40 artists will be drawing on the streets at 5th and H downtown. Featured artists Evar Galvez and Sharyn Chan will be creating works in 3D.

Since its inception in 2003, Art Along the Rogue has grown into one of Grants Pass' premier community events. This year, more than 20 community sponsors are supporting the artists and festival like never before.

Art Along the Rogue is one of the leading street chalk and music festivals in the state and attracts thousands of visitors to Grants Pass during autumn. This year's festival schedule: Friday, October 6, 5:30 to 9 pm, Saturday, October 7, 9 am to 9 pm, and Sunday, October 8, 10 am to 5:30 pm

logo for the art along the rogue chalk art festivalFOR CHILDREN

On Saturday and Sunday, children can create art free of charge using one of the 1,200 squares available. The 24 square-inch spaces will be marked off by Project Youth Plus on Saturday morning. There will be 450 gift bags of chalk and supplies available for the young artists. Their art does not have to be a literal interpretation; the very act of joyfully creating an original piece on the street is exactly what the event is meant to be about. 

Wildlife Images will be at their booth in the Napa parking lot on Saturday and Sunday with ambassador animals.

ON SUNDAY

On Sunday, event-goers can participate in an Interactive scavenger hunt to win a prize. Featured artists will leave a letter in their space that helps spell the phrase the people can submit to win a prize. They can also vote on their choice for “people choice” from the 13 participating featured artists – the winner's piece will be featured on the 2024 festival t-shirt.

Visit Grants Pass, in partnership with the City of Grants Pass, and Travel Oregon, will be installing permanent art in the crosswalk G street on 5th all day Sunday to celebrate our community and the 20th anniversary of Art Along the Rogue. In celebration, we will have “Free Style on G” where community members can express their inner artist. There will be more Kid art squares available on G Street as well.

FEATURED ARTISTS

In addition to two 3D artists this year, Art Along the Rogue will feature 11 sponsored artists drawing in squares ranging from 100 to 144 square feet. Nicole Kleinman will be drawing at Art Along the Rogue for the first time, and the others will be returning from previous years. We’re excited to welcome them all (listed below) and are thankful to their generous sponsors. 

Jessilyn Brinkerhoff – Dutch Bro’s Coffee; Susan L. Charnquist – Round House Foundation; Amanda Denbeck – Kitchen Company; Laila Dzene – Weekend Brewing Company; Melissa Ghiglieri – Hellgate Jetboat Excursions; Nicole Kleinman – Brownell Electric; Shastina Meyers – Pacific Power; Mera Oliveria – Grants Pass Toyota; Cathy Pollard – Avista; Raziah Roushan – First Community Credit Union; BreeAnn  Standley – AllCare Health.

LIVE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

The Owl Parking Lot will be the scene for live music each day as well. The Master of Ceremony DJ Ron, and audio will be provided by Southern Oregon Audio. Here is a list of scheduled acts:

Friday, October 6th
Rogue Suspects ~ 5 to 6:45 PM, Ben Rice Band ~ 7 to 9 PM

Saturday, October 7th
Candela Dance ~ 10:45 to 11:15 AM, Broadway Phil & the Shouters ~ 10:45 to 11:15 AM, LoGee ~ 12:30 to 1:30 PM, Bluebirds ~ 1:45 to 3 PM, Christina Hanks ~ 3:15 to 4:45 PM, Danielle Kelly Soul Project ~ 5 to 7 PM, Sound Stage Revue ~ 7:15 to 9:15 PM

Sunday, October 8th
Poetry Slam ~ 9:30 to 10:30 AM, Encore Five ~ 10:45 AM to 12:30 PM, Jared Masters ~ 12:45 to 2:30 PM, Trevor Hanks ~ 2:45 to 4 PM, Jeremy Oliveria ~ 4:15 to 6:15 PM

DINING

In addition to the numerous restaurants within a block of the festival, three food cart vendors will be serving food, and various local artists will be selling their creations. The Owl Parking Lot will be the scene for live music each day as well.

map of DINING OTPIONS for art along the rogue

STREET CLOSURES

5th and H streets closed to vehicular traffic on October 6, 7, and  8. The alley leading from 6th Street to the Owl Parking Lot between G and H Streets will be closed at 5 p.m. Friday, October 6, and will remain closed until 8 a.m. on Monday, October 9. G Street will be closed to vehicular traffic only on Sunday, October 8.

MAP OF STREET CLOSURES FOR ART ALONG THE ROGUE

THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS

Rembrandt Level--Evergreen Federal Bank, Dutch Bros Coffee, Napa Auto Parts, Grants Pass Toyota, AllCare Health, The Roundhouse Foundation, First Community Credit Union.
Picasso and Van Gogh Level--Avista, Pacific Power, Hellgate Jetboat Excursions.
Monet Level--Brownell Electric, Kitchen Company, Weekend Brewing Company.
Community sponsors--Rogue Valley Door, Redwood Hyperion Suites, Lodge at Riverside, Hotel Del Rogue, Holiday Inn Express.
Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation--Providing a Grant to help support 3D artist Ever Galvez, and the Children's Museum of Southern Oregon, allowing us to expand the “art goodie bags” for children, and provide free educational offerings provided by the Children’s Museum of Southern Oregon.

Check our Facebook page for updates along the way.

LINK TO PRINTABLE PDF SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AND ARTISTS

LINK TO ART ALONG THE ROGUE 2022 PHOTO GALLERY

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