Retailers & Restaurants in Major Michigan Destination Team Up for Art, Culture, Commerce & Education 12' Tall Fire Breathing Dragon Comes to Downtown Royal Oak

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The Royal Oak Association of Retailers (ROAR) and Royal Oak Restaurant Association (RORA) have joined forces for an unprecedented program to bring art, culture and community good will. The free “Chalk & Chocolate Art Tour,” is set for Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 in Downtown Royal Oak. On October 14, an Opening Night Celebration Benefit will also take place at Fifth Avenue. “This is unlike any event past or present,” said ROAR President Gary Baglio, owner of Five15 on Washington. “We have a strong group of retail establishments in our downtown and we are energized and determined to do things that make our downtown shine in a positive light,” he said. Proprietor Anne Kuffler, owner of Ariana Gallery, one of Royal Oak’s long-time retailers at 17 years, shared Baglio’s sentiments. “I am especially pleased we are producing an art oriented event that people of all ages can enjoy. It will encourage people to both participate as artists and to tour the streets of Downtown Royal Oak to discover the chalk art along the sidewalks and at our store fronts.”

“This is unlike any event past or present,” said ROAR President Gary Baglio. “We have a strong group of retail establishments in our downtown and we are energized and determined to do things that make our downtown shine."

The Royal Oak Association of Retailers (ROAR) and Royal Oak Restaurant Association (RORA) have joined forces for an unprecedented program to bring art, culture and community good will. The free “Chalk & Chocolate Art Tour,” is set for Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 in Downtown Royal Oak. On October 14, an Opening Night Celebration Benefit will also take place at Fifth Avenue. “This is unlike any event past or present,” said ROAR President Gary Baglio, owner of Five15 on Washington. “We have a strong group of retail establishments in our downtown and we are energized and determined to do things that make our downtown shine in a positive light,” he said. Proprietor Anne Kuffler, owner of Ariana Gallery, one of Royal Oak’s long-time retailers at 17 years, shared Baglio’s sentiments. “I am especially pleased we are producing an art oriented event that people of all ages can enjoy. It will encourage people to both participate as artists and to tour the streets of Downtown Royal Oak to discover the chalk art along the sidewalks and at our store fronts.”

Two prominent local artists will be featured chalk artists, among others, in Royal Oak. David Zinn is an Ann Arbor-based illustrator and designer who creates inspirational images all ages can enjoy! Author of “Random, Unprovoked Acts of Temporary Art,” David is a graduate of the University of Michigan whose art has been reproduced in England, Scotland, South Korea, Japan and Australia. He is happily anticipating his chalk art debut in Royal Oak! Larry Stephens is an Oxford –based painter whose work is featured on the sets of Beverly Hills 90210 and the former Detroit 187 TV show. Larry was also commissioned by Mercedes-Benz to do a large painting for their 125th anniversary, as well as a commissioned portrait done in his distinct graffiti style for Erin Cummings of the TV show "Detroit 1-8-7" and the new ABC series "Pan Am". He recently completed a huge wall mural in conjunction with the Detroit Institute of Arts for their "Inside Outside" program. His art is in collections in 48 states as well as France , Germany, China, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Iceland, The U.K. and Greenland. Sinister works in Spray paints, screen printing, oils, acrylics, watercolors, sculpture and murals. Chalk art juror Deborah Kingery, MFA, Instructor in the Wayne State University Arts Department, is also encouraging college students to participate from Wayne State and other colleges and universities.

And metal artist Keith Coleman debuted his metal “Chris Moose” during the holidays in 2008 on Main Street to high acclaim, and is bringing back a 12’ tall fire breathing dragon (see photo attached) for installation on Washington Avenue during the Chalk & Chocolate Art Tour, as well as a large Lion for Main Street. A native of Detroit, Keith’s art has been featured at Art Prize in Grand Rapids and on the Discovery Channel. He uses all recycled metal in creating his art installations.

Royal Oak students in grades K-12 will be the focal point of the Chalk Tour as they create chalk art installations for the windows of Downtown restaurants and retailers, as well as create chalk art on the Stagecrafters pedestrian mall on Saturday, October 15, behind the fire breathing dragon on Washington. Baglio added, “Not only is the event unprecedented in Royal Oak, but this is the first time we have aligned with the School District. This is a win/win for the entire community,” he said. Carrie O’Neal, President of RORA said, “This is a true showcase of the retailers and restaurants together bringing something unique and family friendly to our Downtown.”

During the tour, guests will be treated to a variety of sensory delights, as chalk art will adorn the streets and chocolate chalk sticks will be on sale compliments of Gayle’s Chocolates. Special menu items including a Chocolate Happy Hour will be featured at participating restaurants, and Kids will eat free all weekend at Andiamo and The Rock on Third. A special opening night celebration featuring The Brothers Groove, hors d’oeuvres from Lily’s Seafood, Andiamo and The Rock on Third will take place at Fifth Avenue, 215 W. Fifth Street in Royal Oak. Tickets are on sale through Groupon for $20 and at Five 15 Media Mojo at More at 515 S. Washington for $40 per person, or by visiting http://www.chalkandchocolate.com.

Proceeds from Opening Night and the Tour benefit the Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools Arts Club Fund. The Chalk & Chocolate Art Tour is made possible through generations donations from Our Credit Union, presenting the Student Street of Art, Absopure Water, the Official Hydration Drink; The Mediation Center of Southeast Michigan, supporting art education; Fifth Avenue, presenting Opening Night; Andiamo and The Rock on Third, featuring “Kids Eat Free;” WOW High Speed Internet; Hour Detroit and d Business; Groupon; Piece of Cake, presenting the Chocolate Happy Hour; Gayle’s Chocolates; Five 15 Media Mojo & More; Peggy Goodwin of The Goodwin Co.; Fox 2 News; and Metro Times.

Participant List as of 9/6/11: Sponsors in bold.
Washington Avenue
Our Credit Union
Jimi’s
Bra-vo Intimates
Fur Baby & Me
Shine
Rise Clothing
Five 15 Media, Mojo & More
LaRoche Artifacts
5th & Fringe Salon
Gayle’s Chocolates
Write Impressions
Lily’s Seafood
Sixth Street
The Ladybug Shoppe
Oak City Grille
Fifth Street
Fifth Avenue
O’Tooles
Woody’s Diner
Fourth Street
Noir Leather
Stella Boutique
Third Street
The Rock on Third
Main Street
Ariana Gallery
Andiamo
Footprints
Barnes & Noble
Black Finn
Bd’s Mongolian Barbeque

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