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7th Year for the AutismHWY Chalk Festival!!

Leading up to this year’s fantastic 7th event everyone was itching to get down on the ground with sweet mother Earth and pour our colorful, artful souls directly into her. Bringing out a concept, a smile, a masterpiece re-imagined and often times a beautiful moment lost in time. A temporary art form meant to touch those we love and those we want to love. THAT is precisely what defines a Chalk festival!!

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It is at the essence of our soul to express and share the love contained within us; no matter who we are, where we came from or how we got here! Chalk Art Festivals bring out the best in everyone. A beautiful free expression natural fit for life-long community alignments. Thank you to the City of Covina for getting that and implementing it in a BIG way each and every year! Allowing us all to bond and connect through the arts every April!

 

IMG_3166 After our stellar 2016 Naturally Autistic People Award nomination and trip to the ANCA World Autism Festival in Canada things have really expanded. Placing our homegrown event on to the WORLDWIDE STAGE! Sharing what we do here in Covina is inspiring to the world. Moving young artists TO life-long artists trying out a brand NEW chalk-art medium. Traveling from other states and countries to connect here in Southern California! Successfully bringing it all together for acceptance every year: Autistic, Nautistic…young and old! So much fun sharing similarities and difference…ARTFULLY all tied together by community!  Thank you wholeheartedly to our partners the beautiful City of Covina, Covina Parks and Recreation, Autism Spectrum Athletics and our Canadian friends ANCA Naturally Autistic. To all of our fabulous sponsors and participants…you are amazing and you support amazing!

Lori Antoinette of LANT ART keeps the eye on heART!
Lori Antoinette of LAnt ART always keeps the eye on heART!
Stacy Nalapraya coloring ACCEPTANCE on her Autistic Pride Design winner!

Stacy Nalapraya coloring in ACCEPTANCE on her Autistic Pride Design winner!

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Daniela Jaime's beautiful ode to a favorite game...

Daniela Jaime’s beautiful ode to a favorite game…

“Ive always thought they were lighthouses , billions of lighthouses stuck at the far end of the sky.”

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So many personal stories at this event…at ALL events, really. William Zin did the AutismHWY a solid by bringing Annette Stanton Harkness to the festival this year. So beautiful, many thanks Willie.

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Annette xo
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IMG_3274 Thanks again Willie for bringing Annette to the show and making her the BEST! Miss Nettie Best of Show 2017

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Carissa Paccerelli chalked up her 3rd Autistic Pride Design Award!!

Carissa Paccerelli chalked up her 3rd Autistic Pride Design Award!!

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So FUN to see the talent our participants bring to the table, I mean festival… ANCA Naturally Autistic award winner and world ambassador Carissa Paccerelli (5th time CF participaht) has truly become a premiere artist!! Thanks for what you always contribute Carissa!
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Chalk Girl Lysa Ashley helps AutismHWY explain our LOGO metamorphosis!

Chalk Girl Lysa Ashley helps AutismHWY explain our LOGO metamorphosis!

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Thankyou Lysa Ashley for sharing our logo transformation in chalk at the 2017 event and winning BEST use of color in that process! We love your design and title, “Breaking Free”…

 

 

Maryellen Szper trying out the chalk art medium!

Maryellen Szper trying out the chalk art medium!

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MaryEllen Szper from Flying frog.com traveled here from Cedar Key Florida to “Be the Light”… she was and she won Best use of color while doing so!!

KING Jeremy of JJ Jewelers and Paula from our favorite: SCOOTER'S ITALIAN ICE!

KING Jeremy of JJ Jewelers and Paula from our favorite: SCOOTER’S ITALIAN ICE!

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Francois Lariviere really CHALKS iconic. Wow, Temple Grandin FINALLY made it to our show! Thankyou Frenchy for bringing her HERE!!

Jason Ingalsby defining his colorwork!

Jason Ingalsby defining his colorwork!

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Kids Crafts...coloring in the masks designed by MaryEllen Szper from Flying Frog.com !!

Kids Crafts…coloring in the masks designed by MaryEllen Szper from Flying Frog.com !!

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Randall Williams chalks up beauty!! His specialty! TY Randall!

Randall Williams chalks up beauty!! His specialty! TY Randall!

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Roman Castro...in the ZONE!

Roman Castro…in the ZONE!

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PaperBag Comic laying down her messaging artfully!

PaperBag Comic laying down her messaging artfully!

ANCA World Ambassadors, Phoebe Murer, Elizabeth Pritchard and Carissa Paccerelli!

ANCA World Ambassadors, Phoebe Murer, Elizabeth Pritchard and Carissa Paccerelli!

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Raul Munoz, Leanne Libas and KING Jeremy B!

Raul Munoz, Leanne Libas and KING Jeremy B!

Phoebe Murer chalking up the signs of our time!

Phoebe Murer chalking up the signs of our time!

Susan Sheller and Mark T. making beautiful music as always!!

Susan Sheller and Mark T. making beautiful music as always!!

Joel Anderson always shows UP!

Joel Anderson always shows UP!

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Thank YOU Faith for bringing your talent to the 2017 Festival!

Thank YOU Faith for bringing your talent to the 2017 Festival!

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Gus Moran uber talented and completely comical! Wins the most comical design in the PRO category!!

Gus Moran uber talented and completely comical! Wins the most comical design in the PRO category!!

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Joel Anderson receives his 2016 ANCA Naturally Autistic Award presented by Elizabeth Pritchard!

Joel Anderson receives his 2016 ANCA Naturally Autistic Award presented by Elizabeth Pritchard!

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So much CONNECTION between New friends and old… Thank YOU to ALL… that just showed up!

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The “Great Wall”!

…Not the one in China. The one that will be seen in Vancouver British Columbia on the weekend of September 23rd-25th. The wall of support we will build. Adorning this wall with the brilliant images of cutting edge culture! The LOGOS of companies on the frontline of Autism reform. The NEW GUARD if you will. Setting a very positive precedent!

A precedent for change. A change to partnerships not charity. Where support goes both ways…a two way HWY! Business to business. Where your dollars go toward changing  the culture…to advertise to the world that your company believes in the strengths and talents of the Autistic Community! Supporting the growth of self esteem in a previously marginalized group. Branding yourselves in history as  SUPPORTERS OF  POSTIVE CHANGE for Autistic People and their families globally.

The writing will be on the wall!!  The vinyl backdrop for the AWARDS PARTICIPANTS to be photographed in front of! A very powerful photo-op! Our AutismHWY “A” will be front and center…IF you would like to “Partner” with us and support success. Send in your sponsorship and get your logo on this great wall. Progressive thinkers paving opportunities for the world. We have to order this backdrop early and we will need your commitments  by July 31st in order for your logo to appear on this GREAT WALL!  Companies sponsoring after this cut-off date  will  still get all of the premium advertising which consists of  blogradio spots, printed materials; flyers, posters & programs. On -line newsletters, blogs, announcements etc. through numerous websites and all social media.

In my mind the most important place to have our logo is on this GREAT WALL!  Aligned with an amazing cast of people, people putting their money where our heart is… into the Autistic Population. Joining us as we march ahead in our own walk. Our walk toward acceptance, understanding, inclusion, appreciation and CELEBRATION!!

GET YOUR LOGO ON THE WALL!:  click here for sponsorship info! www.naturallyautistic.com

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Would YOU Know what AUTISM looks like?

An Amazing ARTIST that has become my friend created this beautiful work with this thought provoking title!! It is profound, really. People have things staring them in the face everyday. Seemingly very appearant yet, obviously not seen. This can describe AUTISM. How it feels for US. The parents, families and care-givers.You are essentially operating in 2 REALITIES …1 WORLD!! We walk the tight-rope with our children. With essentially all the worlds professionals. Some aware of ASD’s others~ not so much. Out in the community…our kids need people to not assume they are “typical.” Autism is such that we need to explain the world to our children. AND…explain our children to the world!! We are their “buffers,” their “conduits,” their translators. We are all those things and more. So we see both worlds! Our minds are anything but “Abstract!” lol

That is why Wendy McCormick Lopez is such a wonder. Dealing with a beautiful ASD son. Complicates the daily routine in ANY # of ways… ADD a daughter, family life and a career. Your lucky what even fits in after that!! Well , lucky we are!! Wendy’s work is stunning …take a look for yourself! You will love the feelings that will be evoked!

http://abstract-minds-by-wlo.webs.com/

She has a beautiful soothing style. I love the way her work makes me feel. Very calm very zen…something not always so readily available in spectrum life!! lol …So definitely take a peak at her work. Months ago I asked Wendy if I could use her designs in my home. I have envisioned a zen spa bathroom with this amazing look…

Just STUNNING isn’t it? So much like all of life ~INTERPRETATION is the key!! If you see a great future despite an unwanted diagnosis you can have it. If you see gloom and doom, you are bound to it!! THIS MUCH I HAVE LEARNED!! Sure an ASD Lifestyle is not a bed of roses. We all have a set of challenges we manage. How we rise to that CHALLENGE creativity is where it is at.Let our kids create!! Parents and Teachers across the globe need to realize this and push past the “budget constraints.” is the real test. More and more I am in the belief that

We can accomplish A LOT as passionate caring parents of the SPECTRUM! Grass roots efforts will be popping up!! I am seeing this EVERYWHERE!! Our individuals NEED VENUES!! To create and do what “Comes~Naturally” So get busy planting the seeds for creative futures…invent ways and means in your neighborhoods!! AutismHWY.com will be announcing something SPECIAL in this regard very soon!! As for “Knowing what AUTISM looks like?”… I will hope that in OUR “NEW” Creative FUTURES will start to look a little deeper MULTI~DIMENSIONAL World!! people and see if they really know what they are looking at …in this very

CLICK HERE for Wendy’s Facebook Page as well!!!http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=198691&id=100000775923218&ref=notif&notif_t=photo_comment#!/abstractmindbywendy?ref=ts

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The…”FUN & ONLY”!!!

Will be happening, NON~STOP!! Next Saturday on September Eleventh. Come on out to California’s GREAT AMERICA Theme Park in beautiful, sunny Santa Clara!!

AutismHWY.com is counting down the minutes!! Literally…the minutes to our ~Fun DAY for AutismAwareness~ and the LAUNCH of the website!

AutismHWY has been “under construction” in one form or another since April of 09! It has been a long journey and very exciting to be working on widening the Autism Information HWY!! We all have layers and layers of info to share… and for that we need MANY extra lanes!! I guess you can hear my California Freeway mentality! lol Communication has been referred to as a “2~Way Highway” In some cases VERY TRUE!! In the ASD World. Very RARE!! Many, many avenues must be incorporated and used JUST to navigate daily life!

This is a good thing. It adds to the fabric and fun of our lives! Thinking outside of the box.FREEWAY of thought for DIVERSITY!” ASD STYLEHARMONY!! Coming from all walks of “thought” into the mainstream. Living side by side in parallel lanes!! Travelling the HWY’S of our lives! “On the

So…that being said, get me back on the HWY. The Pacific Coast Hwy…and straight to California’s Great America. AUTISM AWARENESS and an “ALL~YOU~ CAN~EAT” B.B.Q. are on the Menu! Should be alot on your plate and very SATISFYING! Learn more about the other great Organizations that will be participating

By clicking herehttp://www.cagreatamerica.com/events/event_detail.cfm?event_id=435&ec_id=13

C.A.R.D , Children’s Health Council, elca , Faces of Hope , I Can Too Learning Center , Spectrum Center , STEPS Therapy , The Treehouse Inc. , TUCCI Learning Solutions , Hillview Prep , Autism Speaks NorCal , pace & Angels on Stage ! An AWESOME Line-Up for the BIG~DAY!

I am so looking forward to having an afternoon to speak with families about their experiences on the SPECTRUM!! We ASD Families have some challenges that can take you from the darker sides of life to the completely lighter side of life Sometimes, all in the same day!…NEVER BORING!! Always learning new ways to manage. The AUTISM TRENCHES are meant to be shared!! Can’t wait for our families to meet their comrades!! lol

The park OPENS at 10:00 a.m. and the FUN lasts until 8:00 p.m. A Full Day with helpful information to boot! The more people that take the time to examine the world of AUTISM the better. The world of AUTISM has a lot of practical ideas that apply TO ALL PEOPLE!

So come learn, live and have fun!! There will be many FUN ACTIVITIES at each of the Organizations Booths…Fun and INFO!! AutismHWY will be holding a coloring contest. Let your child shine creatively!! Fun and prizes for a few…Giveaways for ALL!! We also have a special awareness logo we would like everyone to spread!! ( with a few special surprises as well!) Shhh… So much fun…EVEN Before you TRY ALL of the Awesome Attractions!! Please see them all on the website with fun descriptions!!



CLICK HERE for a direct look at RIDES & ATTRACTIONS… http://www.cagreatamerica.com/attractions/index.cfm

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