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Chalked Under the Sea

For the 4th year in a row I have enjoyed a quick trip to the coastal town of Carpinteria for chalking purposes! Chalk Art is truly an infectious occurrence. Everyone should try it!

People, pavement, pastels = POWERFUL!

On the first Friday in September, Carpinteria has hosted an informal chalk art expression happening at the delightful seal fountain! In 2011 (pic below) I was lucky enough to meet the owner of Curious Cup Bookstore, Kiona Gross  and we forged a nice, colorful partnership. I had a blast chalking up her unique store logo!  The Making Friends with Autism coloring books first appeared in her bookstore and we will be here to support her with our brand of positivity as she seeks her new store locale within Carpinteria city limits!Chalk one up...for the good-guys!!


Kiona and clipboard surrounded by Carp's great Non -profit orgs!

Kiona and clipboard surrounded by Carp’s great Non -profit orgs!


We know how needed her store is for empowering Carpinteria’s youth with knowledge and the passion to explore this planet’s diversity through amazing books. We are sure that the universe will catapult her great mission to a safe space for learning soon.

Kiona hosted many Art of Autism events at her great shop from film screenings to book signings and art receptions! She has also done a lot to keep the first Friday chalk the walk vibrant in these last few years and yesterday was no exception! Carpinteria’s non-profit organizations were all on scene to create street art magic. It was a nice turn-out and an artful way to raise funds for these organization’s great missions!  Take a look:


I decided to chalk up a Mermaid spelling out Carpinteria. while holding the town’s beloved Avocado and the area’s splendid crop of grapes! Such a FUN PROCESS….





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Chalking Up AWARENESS!

Well…I have been at it again!! I love this opportunity to put my talents to good work! This past weekend I traveled to Carpinteria California to create some ART!! This wonderful beach community just south of Santa Barbara has become a new favorite spot  for AutismHWY, and I this year!!

The Curious Cup Bookstore has been proudly displaying our “Making Friends with Autism” Coloring Book this summer…thankyou for that Kiona Gross and company! We are so honored to be affiliated with your fantastic shop and town!! Beautiful scenery, weather and people. What could be better?

A chalk art event!! That’s what!  Girls Inc. of Carpinteria held just that…and I was there…NATURALLY! Doing my thing under the summer sun!! How FUN!! Talking to passer-bys about my ART and the meaning behind it…..Coloring Perceptions through Positive Imagery. Giving folks the TOOLS to ease fears and erase stigmas that have been assigned to AUTISM! Shifting and changing. EVOLVING!!

As we shape information and attitudes for those UNAWARE. I am having …the time of my life!! 

Creating the Curious Cup bookstore logo  in chalk was the least I could do for the amazing support the Autistic Community recieves from Kiona and her delightful bookstore!! Earlier this year Debra Hosseini’s amazing book “The Art of Autism” and its artists were recieved and showcased! Beautiful all the way around! The Author herself, the works of ART and the amazing stories each Artist has to SHARE!! Awesome job Debbie your amazing energy and fantastically talented Autistic son Kevin are Carpinteria superstars in our book!  

Creating public perceptions can be uplifting…engaging people with stories of Autism understanding and how humanity can learn so much from the Autistic Mind has become my NEW CAREER…and I wouldn’t have it any other way!! Thankyou to ALL of my Awareness Angels……! I believe we are a most formidable ARMY!! Battle on!!


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