Lewisville, Texas – Lewisville launched it’s inaugural Color Palooza festival over the weekend, bringing an artsy focus into the city. In cooperation with “Chalk This Way”, a Lakeside Arts Foundation event that originated in The Colony, Lewisville is growing this annual event into more than sidewalk art.
The event takes place in the heart of old downtown Lewisville, on the footsteps of City Hall and the new Wayne Ferguson Park. Color Palooza has evolved and expanded from “Chalk this Way” by adding artwork beyond chalk designs. While visitors still come out to see the vibrant and beautiful sidewalk art, there certainly seems to be growth for many other artist as well.
As with any outdoor event in Texas, the spring weather is certainly a concern. 2015 had many sidewalk artists running for dry ground and event organizers did everything they could to keep the rain at bay. This year the rainy weather held off long enough for the sidewalk artists to complete their work and allowed the many vendors to setup and sell with ease.
Several cultural performing artists were on hand for Saturday’s event as well. Tejano Ballet dancers, Indian Tribal dancers and many musicians performed on the Ferguson stage, exposing the audience to their talents. In addition to the diverse visual and performing art, this is a family-friendly event for all ages. There were long lines for the interactive tye-dye shirt making tent and plenty of contestants for the Junior art contest as well. To encourage youth involvement in the arts, Lakeside Arts offers a scholarship for Junior and Senior high school art students participating in Chalk this Way for Color Palooza.
Lewisville is clearly heading in the right direction with offering a variety of arts to its citizens. The only thing we can hope for next year is an extra day to enjoy the festivities.
Check out more photos from Color Palooza below: