Chalk Riot creates custom pavement art and chalkboard murals
for special events, marketing campaigns, and interiors.
What started as a Saturday afternoon hobby between two friends has grown
into a public arts company with an entourage of globe-trotting chalk professionals.  

We'd love to include you on our next adventure, so read on: 

THE CHALK RIOT ENTOURAGE

Our talented crew of artists is here to rock your walks in all of their dusty splendor.
All of them are experienced in working in public arenas, interacting with hundreds of spectators, and are trained in traditional and modern street painting techniques.   
 

Interested in working with us? drop us a line at cHELSEA@CHALKRIOT.com

 

                          

Liza Fishbone

BASED IN AUSTIN, TX

"I create my own utopia. A reality based on the fusion of places I've traveled, backpack-intimate, and my interactions on the road. Through illustration, character design, performance and painting, I've made a mythical world called 'Land of Laughter'. Larger-than-life costumes let my monsters roam and play. I am interested in space: creating immersive, participatory environments where people can explore landscapes and stories, conflict and resolution, and conceive and debate the philosophy of the fictitious planet. My art is an interactive universe." 

Liza is a skilled muralist and chalk artist, capable of almost any style! She likes to spend her days off surrounded by buckets of paint, tubs of inflatables, history books, and pounding music. She likes to drink tea, hula-hoop, and blogs about marshmallows. She often paints with On The Wall Productions. 

Chandler Branch

       EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 ART SAINT LOUIS

Chandler Branch has worked full time in arts administration for 15 years. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director of Art Saint Louis, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the SDG Music Foundation, an international arts organization based in the Chicago area. At the forefront of his career is proven success in fundraising, strategic planning, personnel and financial management and communication, for programs and events in several US cities as well as in Russia, France, Portugal, the Netherlands and Costa Rica. During his eight-year tenure as CEO of SDG, Mr. Branch oversaw the growth of the organization from a budget of less than $175,000 and a one-employee staff to a budget of over $1.3 million and staff of four. Collaborative partners include Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Aaron Jay Kernis and Christopher Rouse, and preeminent Scottish composer James MacMillan. Other noted collaborators include the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, the University of Chicago, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.


 

 

 

               

Chelsea Ritter-Soronen

BASED IN NAPA, CA and ST. LOUIS, MO

 Chelsea is Owner and Co-Founder of Chalk Riot, with an insatiable craving to color the world's surfaces. She is inspired by big blank spaces and the potential that they hold to become a canvas for significant art pieces, and wanders the world searching for them. Her chalk art is influenced by traditional renaissance chalk art and modern anamorphic work.

Chelsea graduated from the Conservatory of Fine Arts at Webster University in 2008, with a BFA in Theatrical Design, with majors in costume design and scene painting.   While she has been painting murals since 2003, it was during her time at Webster that intensive study of theatrical scene painting provided a solid foundation of techniques and mediums.  Her study of multi-faceted theatre offers a unique perspective of spatial design and art's role of interaction with the public. When Chelsea is not working with Chalk Riot, you can find her at a wine tasting or exploring a new hiking trail. 

Jennifer Russell 

BASED IN COLUMBUS, OH

Jennifer graduated in 2005 from The Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration on Ceramics.  While art has always been an outlet for creativity for Jenn it wasn't until after the birth of her first child that the chalk bug hit.  What started out as a way to play with her children, turned into a true passion.  With a love of everything antique, a lot of her inspiration comes from historical advertisements and vintage fonts and typography.  She is highly skilled hand-letterer. 

When not playing with chalk or trying to entertain her kids, she enjoys playing board games, knitting, sewing and reading; all with a good cup of coffee.  

Joshua Goor

BASED IN ST. LOUIS, MO

Joshua Goor has been creating art his entire life! He spends the majority of his time as a tattoo artist, and has been "pushing ink" for 8 years now. While holding a deep passion for painting and drawing in a variety of mediums, his skillful handlettering and illustration techniques are brilliantly applied to pavement and walls. Currently, he's transforming a space in St. Louis, MO into a Modern Art/Retail Gallery & Private Studio. Joshua is most inspired from his global travels, and is thankful for every opportunity that comes his way! 

                           

             Taylor Leighton

  BASED IN ST. LOUIS, MO

Taylor is a multi-media artist currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in both Studio Art and Sociology at Webster University. She is a lover of the arts and community, and addicted to learning. Taylor is especially skilled at photorealistic paintings and drawings. She enjoys spending time outside with a good book and smoothie! Check out her personal artwork at taylorleighton.wordpress.com

 

 

WHAT KIND OF MATERIALS DO YOU USE?

The kind of materials we use, as well as their permanency, depends on your goals and space. In general, here's what you can expect:

- BLACKBOARD MURALS - We will apply chalkboard paint, which can be custom-tinted to a wide range of colors. Then, we will use chalk pastels to create the artwork. We suggest that if you want a more permanent mural, you allow us to use either chalk paint markers or latex paint and brushes. In our experience thus far, spray-sealers used to protect chalk work only work for smaller projects and are not ideal for larger murals.

- INTERIOR PAVEMENT MURALS- Depending on the ground surface, we will either use custom-built, primed large canvases or wooden boards. Both will be di-cut, thoroughly primed, and visually matched to its surroundings. For 3D pieces, this technique still works! The illusion still works, and with this method, you can even keep the mural around for future events. We will use a combination of latex and acrylic paints with chalk.

- EXTERIOR PAVEMENT MURALS - If you have a ground surface that does not easily welcome chalk, such as cobblestone or soil/grass, we can utilize the portable surfaces described above. If your ground is begging to be colored in chalk, we will simply give the surface a thorough sweeping and get started with a combination of chalk pastels, homemade sidewalk chalk, and charcoal. Occasionally we will prime large surfaces with highly diluted tempera paints, but only with your permission. The tempera paint encourages a more vibrant appearance from the chalk, and the mural will be overall more durable to weather and foot-traffic.

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

If you hear of a weather-controlling machine, please let us know immediately! Until then, we do our very best to work around and with variable weather. We watch the forecasts like hawks, weeks leading to your event. If it is looking too dicey, we have three options: (1) move the mural indoors (2) rent a very large event tent with walls that seal to the ground or (3) reschedule. In your paperwork agreement with us, we will go into all of these with detail. It has to be fairly severe rain to force us to reschedule -- usually we can cover the artwork with tarps and duct tape to protect it through a moderate to heavy rain.

DOES CHALK ART HAVE TO BE OUTSIDE?

Nope! Much of our work can be done on custom-built portable surfaces, that can work on any hard floor or even carpet.

HOW LONG WILL AN OUTDOOR PIECE LAST?

Because every mural site is so unique, each chalk piece will have different durability. Factors such as foot traffic, weather, and vehicle and bike traffic all play a role. But to give you a rough idea, we've found that a chalk piece drawn onto standard sidewalk cement will last 5-10 days in great condition if left untouched in gorgeous weather. We've seen pieces last as long as one month or more at 75% quality in climates such as San Diego and Arizona. We will adjust our materials and methods to accomplish whatever goals you may have for your campaign or event.

WHAT IF I LOVE IT SO MUCH, I WANT IT TO BE PERMANENT?  CAN IT BE SEALED?

If you want to invest in a permanent ground mural, we will paint it instead of chalk it. We will then apply a durable clear sealer on top of the painted mural. This can work in outdoor or indoor environments.

WHAT ABOUT PERMITS FOR PUBLIC SPACES?

Every city has different requirements for permits. Some cities do not require them at all, while other cities require renderings and fees submitted before the event. Regardless of your area, we are used to navigating these civic mazes and committed to finding answers so that we can color your world!

DO YOU WASH THE CHALK OFF WHEN THE EVENT IS DONE?

Cleaning prices are not included in anything listed on the website. If you need the chalk mural power-washed off of the pavement immediately after an event, we will hire a power-washing service local to your area and include it in your final invoice. We do not currently own our own power-washing equipment. Most of our clients prefer to let the chalk gradually erode away on its own, as some consider it to be an appeal of the art form.

 

 
 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHALK ART 

 

 

madonnari & Screevers

 

materials

 

competitions & festivals