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The Chalk Connection

Street ART is an amazing opportunity to share your work and the work of other’s whom you believe in. Chalk art is a colorful way to engage with people you have never met, yet! This weekend at the 24th annual Pasadena Chalk Festival I am once again…chalking it up with an Autistic spin!! Sharing imagery about what’s REAL in the world of AUTISM.  This is my 4th year at this Festival and the fans expect me to be here NOW! They know what I am saying is REAL and are actually looking for me to hear that. One gentlemen came running up to me so happy to CONNECT again. Fantastic times.

 

It is truly my pleasure to share this amazing documentary. An important film featuring the tremendous mission ANCA’s Naturally Autistic has steadfastly built for communities globally. Such a pleasure and a JOY to open hearts, minds and eyes….Now if we could just turn the Southern California Father’s day sun down to a reasonable degree!…Here is “SCENE #1″…what was put on pavement TODAY! Back tomorrow when it’s a wrap!  
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Scene #2: Day 2 at the 24th Pasadena Chalk Festival was a brutal 108 degrees for all of the hot Dad’s out there. I talked to quite a few of them about Autism and Heart. Another wonderfully eye-opening day for myself and all that I engaged and engaged me! Every year the love from this event compounds. People were very excited to discuss Autism in relation to what is happening in the world today and to see my presentation of this stunning documentary…

Here is the Connected Chalk Art canvas in the silent auction gallery that was bid on and won by a very excited fan that made a point to come find me! PLUS all of the fun finishing touches…on our mural!
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What a wonderfully connected weekend. We were prominently displayed and made quite an impact on Pasadena this year. Thanks to the Bernstein Family for always supporting my chalking and Naturally Autistic. Most importantly for helping me through to the finish line just when I needed you both MOST!
CONNECTION is a choice…we can all make!

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Like Rodina pictured below. She purchased the Connected Silent Auction Canvas and came to connect with me. Fantastic!
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2016 Chalk Festival: Unadulterated Bliss!

OUR 6th Annual AutismHWY Chalk Festival….FULL OF Ooooo’s and Ahhhh’s, X’s and O’s…


JUST Hit Play…and listen to Susan Sheller’s “If I Can Feel IT” while you view our 2016 photo gallery!….

Isabel sums it ALL up beautifully!!

Isabel sums it ALL up beautifully!!

Marcella Swett's Best of Show "PRO"

Marcella Swett’s Best of Show “PRO

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Best of Show by a Non pro? WOW VIctoria Astorga creates a masterpiece!
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Autistic PRIDE on FULL POWER !!

Autistic PRIDE on FULL POWER !!

 

The Lonardi family chalk up annual tradition bringing David's designs to LIFE!

The Lonardi family chalk up annual tradition bringing David’s designs to LIFE!

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MOST Comical !

MOST Comical !

4th time CHALKER...1st time Award Winner! Congratulations Manuel!

4th time CHALKER…1st time Award Winner! Congratulations Manuel!

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Rod's time and talent wowed the crowd!

Rod’s time and talent wowed the crowd!

SUCH CLARITY!! WoW.

SUCH CLARITY!! WoW.

Amazing details by this Artist...

Amazing details by this Artist

Jason Slagle's always awesome contribution!

Jason Slagle’s always awesome contribution!

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Daniela Jaime/ Star Sketcher's FUN on ground!

Daniela Jaime/ Star Sketcher’s FUN on ground!

Daniela interviewed wearing a T-shirt by her own design!

Daniela interviewed wearing a T-shirt by her own design!

Thanks for sharing your ART 4 yrs. in a row Daniella!

Thanks for sharing your ART 4 yrs. in a row Daniella!

Scooter's Italian Ice!...the "Official Drink" of the Chalk Festival!

Scooter’s Italian Ice!…the “Official Drink” of the Chalk Festival!

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Attention to detail DELUXE!!

Attention to detail DELUXE!!

The Art of Adriana Salgado delights us ALL!

The Art of Adriana Salgado delights us ALL!

WATCH Adriana’s AWESOME 3D DEMO…

Cock-a-doodle-WOW!!

Cock-a-doodle-WOW!!

Most original by Andre Bennett being shaded...

Most original by Andre Bennett being shaded

Carissa Paccerelli (2 time award winner)chalks it up while meeting co-judge BJ Lane. Carissa become a judge for this yrs. event!

Carissa Paccerelli (2 time award winner) chalks it up while meeting co-judge and our original featured artist BJ Lane. Carissa became a judge for this yrs. event!

 

Here I am with Bj Lane our head judge and original featured Artist. Thank YOU Bj.

Here I am with Bj Lane our head judge and original featured Artist. Thank YOU Bj.

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Lovely drawing and lovely to see 2015 Jeff Kellen Carpe Inspirus Award Winner Eileen Soboro!

Lovely drawing and lovely to see 2015 Jeff Kellen Carpe Inspirus Award Winner Eileen Soboro!

Close-up view of Autism Acceptance!

Close-up view of Autism Acceptance!

Lori Antoinette W. serves us up a SWEET surprise!

Lori Antoinette W. serves us up a SWEET surprise!

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Zoe Cobain's ethereal beauty visits Covina again!

Zoe Cobain’s ethereal beauty visits Covina again!

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SUPER HEROES on ground ALL DAY!

SUPER HEROES on ground ALL DAY!

MASKS designed for our event by the dynamo that is MARYELLEN SZPER of Flyingfrog.com

MASKS designed for our event by the dynamo that is MARYELLEN SZPER of Flyingfrog.com


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"Peace, Love and Giraffes" by Lysa Ashley!!

Peace, Love and Giraffes” by Lysa Ashley!!

Incredible attention to Giraffe Love and Detail!

Incredible attention to Giraffe Love and Detail!

Lysa WINS Best Color PRO...

Lysa WINS Best Color PRO

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Autistic Self Advocacy Network...boots on the ground!

Autistic Self Advocacy Network…boots on the ground!

Parenting Autistic Children with Love and Acceptance info on the table!

Parenting Autistic Children with Love and Acceptance info on the table!

Daniel Obejas shares the importance of Acceptance over Awareness and his poem, 'Points in Space'

Daniel Obejas shares the importance of Acceptance over Awareness and his poem, ‘Points in Space’

TRUTH to POWER spoken by Raul O. Munoz!

TRUTH to POWER spoken by Raul O. Munoz!

Dylan Aragon's performances were fantastic.

Dylan Aragon’s performances were fantastic.

Susan Sheller and Mark Tremalgia ADDED such amazing energy to the 2016 event. We FEEL IT!

Susan Sheller and Mark Tremalgia ADDED such amazing energy to the 2016 event. We FEEL IT!

Randall Williams FANS always turn up at the Chalk festival!

Randall Williams FANS always turn up at the Chalk festival!

Super ART hero Randall Williams in action POW!

Super ART hero Randall Williams in action POW!

SUPER POWERFUL!!

SUPER POWERFUL!!

OUR 'Super-Girl' Stacy Nalapraya gets her start!

OUR ‘Super-Girl’ Stacy Nalapraya gets her start!

Stacy Nalapraya!

Stacy Nalapraya!

Holy Batgirl STACY!!

Holy Batgirl STACY!!

The Chalk festival isn't complete w/o Jeremy B and JJ's Jewelry!

The Chalk festival isn’t complete w/o Jeremy B and JJ’s Jewelers!

On stage with Susan Sheller!

On stage with Susan Sheller!

Great to meet Boaz this year!

Great to meet Boaz this year!

Boaz has skillz on the ground! Chaking and break-dancing!

Boaz has skillz on the ground! Chaking and break-dancing!

J. Keith Dubois gets it right and wins 'Autistic Pride Design'!

J. Keith Dubois gets it right and wins ‘Autistic Pride Design’!

WILD CREATIVITY!!

WILD CREATIVITY!!

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WE TALK CHALK came out for our EVENT!! WowZa!!

Grasiela Rodriguez mastering things in the shade!

Grasiela Rodriguez mastering things in the shade!

AutismHWY sure battled the energetic elements this year! Thanks Grasiela!

AutismHWY sure battled the energetic elements this year! Thanks for sticking with us Grasiela!

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The Remo Drum Circle care of RMC North Hollywood is always a HIT!

The Remo Drum Circle care of RMC North Hollywood is always a HIT!

 

Thank YOU Susan Sheller for facilitating musical movement and FUN all day!!

Thank YOU Susan Sheller for facilitating musical movement and FUN all day!!

Dani Bowman stops by!

Dani Bowman stops by!

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OUT of the shadows and into ENLIGHTENMENT we forge with creativity!!

Thank YOU to all of the amazing participants, fans and supporters for another empowering Chalk-filled DAY!!

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Acceptance Reigns at the 5th Annual Chalk Festival

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Another incredible, indelible year connecting ACCEPTANCE to the heARTS and minds of all that show up for our annual chalk party. Each year the momentum feels  reinforced, more powerful. The labor of colorful love that has been the AutismHWY.com Chalk Festival has transformed itself year after year. It’s as if our platform was being built in the early year stages. Sponsors, Artists and friends joining together to spread out a foundation for this loving pragmatic platform. A foundation on which to build and connect Autism Acceptance skyscrapers. Autistic people and their loved ones working together to infrastructure positive life force resonation to the community. Real people, real Autism, real Acceptance, real FUN. Amplifying the Autistic voice and connecting to their experience in order for everyone to innerstand Autism.

 

Can you imagine anything more divine?

 

Our Artist’s can. Just have a look….

WOW, I SEE A SKY-SCRAPER! Pro chalker~Randall Williams knows what we are doing!

WOW, I SEE A SKY-SCRAPER! Pro chalker~Randall Williams knows what we are doing!

 

 

Rissa P putting down her POWER!

Rissa P putting down her POWER!

 

SUPER HEROES TOUCHING GROUND all day! This winner by Stacy Nalapraya.

SUPER HEROES TOUCHING GROUND all day! This winner by Stacy Nalapraya.

AUTISTIC SELF ADVOCACY NETWORK

AUTISTIC SELF ADVOCACY NETWORK logo chalked by Daniel Obejas!

Last Year's B.O.S. Winner Lesley Perdomo...honors Artist Daniela Jaime with a rendition of her personal autism awareness pony design!! SO COOL LESLEY!

Last Year’s B.O.S. Winner Lesley Perdomo…recruits her nephew James and sister Ana as “Team Perdomo” to honor Artist Daniela Jaime with a rendition of Daniela’s  pony design!! SO COOL LESLEY!

GUS MORAN'S AWARD WINNING STYLE!

GUS MORAN’S AWARD WINNING STYLE!

100% CORRECT! Chalked by ASAN

100% CORRECT! Chalked by Daniel Obejas of ASAN

ANDY DREISEWERD UNITES with US!

ANDY DREISEWERD UNITES with US!

RISSA P's AWARD WINNING MASTERPIECE!

RISSA P’s AWARD WINNING MASTERPIECE!

 

 

 

CARING MATTERS what an awesome message!

CARING MATTERS what an awesome message!

ASAN's Daniel Obejas recites his powerful poem: Points in Space.

ASAN’s Daniel Obejas recites his powerful poem: Points in Space.

SO VERY TRUE!

SO VERY TRUE!

SO HAPPY ANGELO GUZMAN BROUGHT HIS DRAGON GAME!

SO HAPPY ANGELO GUZMAN BROUGHT HIS DRAGON GAME!

 

BEST OF SHOW by professional chalker MOE NOTSU.

BEST OF SHOW by professional chalker MOE NOTSU.

THE LONARDI FAMILY MASTERPIECE!

THE LONARDI FAMILY MASTERPIECE!

 

ARTIST'S FAVORITE by ADRIANA SALGADO

ARTIST’S FAVORITE by ADRIANA SALGADO

Daniela Jaime's world!

DANIELA JAIME’S super fab ponysona’s of some hela rad Autistic gals   !

 

5th yr. participant! KING Jeremy of J.J. Jewelers

5th yr. participant! KING Jeremy of J.J. Jewelry

                                                                                                                                             

 

Building this Acceptance platform has been so much easier than we ever imagined it would be. The collaboration of generous souls that have given their time and energy to support our efforts throughout the years have become the concrete that empower us. Empower and facilitate us as we gel together with this ascending movement. Adding the City of Covina’s embracement to all of that and we have truly built a warm, loving and comfortable day to share in UNITY for all Autistic people and those who truly respect them. A sunny So Cal. day full of FUN, equality, appreciation and the freedom to be Autistic. Quite powerful.

 

It feels like a new day is near, a day where we can all consult our Autistic friends when we need to know how best we can make the population more comfortable and successful. A day when all of society will know that Autism is a normal part of humanity and that Autistic people are highly valued members. We are ALL differently, equally human.

 Subsets of normal swimming with heart in a very colorful and wonderfully diverse ocean of normalcy. 

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Chalk Festival Photo Essay by Jerry O’Brien

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

Bj Lane...making her amazing mark!

Bj Lane…making her amazing mark!

Tammy K's beautiful Mom Bj Lane www.bjlane.com

Tammy K’s beautiful Mom Bj Lane www.bjlane.com

 

 

 

Teamwork ROCKS for Best Buddies: Shane and Chris.

Teamwork ROCKS for Best Buddies: Shane and Chris.

Angelo maps out his thought process.

Angelo maps out his thought process.

Modern day...Dragon Slayer??

Modern day…Dragon Slayer??

SuperHEROES were on the grounds!! In all shapes and sizes!

SuperHEROES were on the grounds!! In all shapes and sizes!

Creating Connections!

Creating Connections!

Kai and his ARTFUL Universe!

Kai and his ARTFUL Universe!

A Spectrum of DIFFERENCE!

A Spectrum of DIFFERENCE!

Community participation warms our HeART! Council member Jorge Marquez AND Senator Ed Hernandez!

Community participation warms our HeART! Council member Jorge Marquez AND Senator Ed Hernandez!

 

Everyone can make a great mark

Everyone can make a great mark

Positively, creatively putting it all together

Positively, creatively putting it all together

Joel Anderson rubbing chalky elbows with Mayor of Covina Walter Allen!

Joel Anderson rubbing chalky elbows with Mayor of Covina Walter Allen!

 

The PAY-OFF!! Seen in Angelo's smile!

The PAY-OFF!! Seen in Angelo’s smile!

So proud to have attracted City of Covina council member Kevin Stapleton to Our festival 2 yrs. and counting...!

So proud to have attracted City of Covina council member Kevin Stapleton to Our festival 2 yrs. and counting…!

 

 

The Goddess Energy of Ms. Keri Bowers!

The Goddess Energy of Ms. Keri Bowers!

Chalk Festival 2013 ...Delegates!Senator Ed hernandez, Mayor of Covina Walter Allen, Kai, Joel Anderson, Shane Mckaskle, Brent Anderson, Chris and Covina city council member Jorge Marquez.

Chalk Festival 2013 …Delegates!
Senator Ed hernandez, Mayor of Covina Walter Allen, Kai, Joel Anderson, Shane Mckaskle, Brent Anderson, Chris and Covina city council member Jorge Marquez.

 

 

 

Everyone needs to know...."Who's Clayton"...because they ROCK!!

Everyone needs to know….”Who’s Clayton”…because they ROCK!!

These musicians really made our day! www.whosclayton.com

These musicians really made our day!
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Drumming up FUN, LOVE and ACCEPTANCE!

Drumming up FUN, LOVE and ACCEPTANCE!

 

OUR Playdate! The 2nd Saturday EVERY April!!

OUR Playdate! The 2nd Saturday EVERY April!!

Sandy J and Ceirstie M OUR Raffle Angels!!

Sandy J and Ceirstie M OUR Raffle Angels!!

A Silke Heyer ART Bag...full of AutismHWY Love and Acceptance Coloring Books!!

A Silke Heyer ART Bag…full of AutismHWY Love and Acceptance Coloring Books!!

 

Autism Movement Therapy now up her sleeve!!!

Autism Movement Therapy now up her sleeve!!!

Sweet Stuff CREATIONS & Celebrate AUTISM!! Big winners in this crowd!

Sweet Stuff CREATIONS & Celebrate AUTISM!! Big winners in this crowd!

 

 

 

 

Taking away a bushel of FUN!

Taking away a bushel of FUN!

Buckets of LOVE and FUN literally!

Buckets of LOVE and FUN literally!

 

 

 

Jeremy B. always has a lucky number!!

Jeremy B. always has a lucky number!!

 

Like this sweet therapist...The DAY was a sensory WINNER!!

Like this sweet therapist…The DAY was a sensory WINNER!!

Saving the BEST for last. Kevin Rose, lead singer of Who's Clayton WINS the Conga Drum!! PERFECT!

Saving the BEST for last. Kevin Rose, lead singer of Who’s Clayton WINS the Conga Drum!! PERFECT!

 

Huge love and thanks to our wonderful friend and supporter Mr. Jerry O’Brien. Your photographs truly captured OUR DAY! You are a strong uniting force as we lovingly team up to CELEBRATE DIFFABILITIES!  

Jerry O'Brien the huge heart and soul behind the camera!

Jerry O’Brien the huge heart and soul behind the camera!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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