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Perry Chalk Art Festival

Perry Chalk Art Festival 2024

Come to Perry, NY July 13th for a Saturday of fine art, fantastic food and fabulous summer fun at the eighteenth annual Perry Chalk Art Festival!

Stroll downtown Perry and see professional artists shape gigantic pastel artworks on the theme “My Favorite Things”. Cheer on youth artists competing for prizes and encourage artists of all ages to try their hand at the chalking wall. And see artist Erika Lalita creating a super-sized chalk work under the Festival Plaza pavilion. 

Welcome our 2024 featured artist Michael Thompson!

Michael Thompson is a recently retired VW mechanic who fell in love with making art in the first grade. However, his elementary school clay pot and papier mache projects did not lead to the artistic progress he desired. Then a chance happening upon a used Jon Nagy drawing lesson book at a rummage sale opened the doors for Mike to understand the fundamentals of drawing. 

With some 'tools' in the box, Mike began drawing more, but it wasn't until his wife Wendy signed him up for a chalk-drawing event in Lockport that he started working with colors. That experience led Mike to start painting. Starting small, with basic subjects, he experimented with various mediums and techniques. Oils are his current favorite, but he is comfortable with acrylics, watercolors, and most recently, gouache. Mike further intends to continue with chalk, as long as his mechanic-worn body holds up. 

Event Schedule-Perry Chalk Art Festival

Please visit us here and on Facebook for updates and more information as the event date draws closer!

Music at Festival Plaza (unless otherwise noted), Downtown Perry

8:30AM - 11:00AM

Kelly's Old Timers - round & square dances, classics

10:00AM - 12:30PM

Elise Kelly - wide ranging music & beautiful vocals at Farmers' Market stage on Borden Ave

11:15AM - 1:15PM

Creek Bend - bluegrass & humor

1:30PM - 4:15PM

The Skiffle Minstrels - American Folk Traditional Trio 


10:30AM - 2:30PM at Festival Plaza

Arm & hand painting AND glitter tattoos with Fancy Faces

10:30AM - 1:30PM at Festival Plaza

Air Sculpture with Mr No the Balloon Guy - balloon art

11:00AM - 11:15AM at Festival Plaza

Pop-Up Dance Performance by KM Dance Center

All Day

  • Chalking wall - It's free for all!
  • Youth activities - Rock painting, crafts, creative selfies  at M&T Bank Parking Lot

Tour de Perry at Perry Village Park, Lake St

8:00AM: Mass starts for bicyclists

More info at Tour de Perry's Facebook page.

Register by clicking this link.

Perry Chalk Art Festival at Festival Plaza, Downtown Perry 

8:00AM - 10:30AM

Adult Chalk Artist Registration

8:30AM - 3:00PM

Adult Artists Chalking

8:30AM - 3:00PM

Large Scale Chalking by Erika Lalita

11:00AM - 3:00PM

Youth Artist Registration & Chalking

4:00PM - 4:30PM

Artist Recognition, Prizes, & Closing Ceremony

Perry Farmers' Market at Borden Ave, Downtown Perry

8:30AM - 1:00PM

Enjoy fresh produce, meats, cheeses, pastries, fresh cut flowers, and more!  See more at Perry Farmers' Market's Facebook page!

Perry Public Market at Downtown Perry

8:30AM - 4:00PM

Enjoy a wide selection of vendors offering unique, handmade goods.  

Food Truck Vendors

DECISIONS:  Paninis & more



DINER ON THE RUN:  American Cuisine 

Music Lineup

  • Kelly's Old Timers- Round & square dances, classics
  • Creek Bend - Bluegrass & humor
  • The Skiffle Minstels- American Folk Traditional Trio Entertainment
  • Elise Kelly - Wide ranging music & beautiful vocals

Family Fun 

  • Air Sculpture with Mr. No the Balloon Guy - Balloon art, juggling and more 
  • Arm and hand painting  with Fancy Faces 

Art, Inside & Out 

Across the street, at the Arts Council for Wyoming County visit: 

  • Members Gallery, second floor, spotlights the Perry Chalk Art Festival Feature Artist
  • Main Gallery Exhibit will also be open; no entrance fees for either exhibit

Event Information & Map

  • RAIN DATE: July 20, 2024 (Chalk Art only)
  • For your artwork viewing pleasure, the Perry Downtown Festival Plaza will be closed to traffic through 3PM Sunday.


Thank you 2024 Sponsors!

Large Scale Chalking Sponsors

Allied Financial Partners  I  Creative Food Ingredients, Inc

Sustaining Sponsors and Grantors

A NYSCA Re-grant  I  Town of Perry  I  Village of Perry  I  Arts Council for Wyoming County

People's Choice Award Sponsor

Grover & Bates Assoc

Signage Patron

Image Out Graphics

Vertical Chalk Wall Sponsor

MRB Group

Youth Chalk Wall Sponsor

C.P. Ward

Music Patron

Perry Chamber of Commerce  I  Southview Dairy LLC

Donated Art Supplies

Blick Art Materials : our favorite pastel supplier!

Artist Patron II

Breezeway Barns and Gardens  I  Dell Collective  I  Harding Plumbing and Heating, Inc  I  LaBella Associates  I  Table Rock Farm  I  West's Bookkeeping Services  I  West's Granite Art, Inc

Artist Patron I

Butter Meat Co.  I  Charcoal Corral   I  Daryl's Pizzeria  I  Family Furniture and Eleven Covington  I  Hart's Insurance Agency  I  John and Sarah's Family Restaurant  I. NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities  I  Once Again Nut Butter  I  Perry Market Place  I  Sedam Tire  I  Sign Language, Inc.  Silverlaken Estate, Glampground & Tiny House Village  I  Silver Lake Brewing Project  I  slb Salon and Boutique  I  Smoke N the Valley BBQ  I   Tompkins Bank 


Basil's Repair  I   Bush Hill Florist  I  In.Site:Architecture LLP  I. Parker and Lubanski CPAs, LLC  I  Warsaw Pennysaver/Perry Shopper

Special Thanks

Samantha Pierce, Christina Slusser, Amanda Bouchard - financial recordkeeping

Village of Perry DPW and Department of Parks

Town of Perry DPW - plaza and garden clean-up

Travers Place Apartments & residents and M&T Bank - use of parking lots

Harding Heating and Plumbing - parking

Thrive Fitness 24/7 - parking

This event is made possible through generous contributions from local government, businesses, individuals and from the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce. 

The program is also made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Arts Council for Wyoming County. 

We are pleased to share this information on behalf of the event organizers.

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