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….