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Bj Lane and the Temple of HeART

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Photo credits LANT ART

 

I grew up in Southern California with a father that was a man-hole contractor, he drove around the streets of L.A. making sure all of the new track home’s pipes were built and plugged into existing systems so all would flow. His concrete work is all over the state of California. In the 60’s and 70’s GPS was for airplanes and satellite’s not everyone and their brother and or sister…or non-specific sibling (you get my idea.)! I was a girl on the HWY with her dad in his truck. He never got lost that I can remember. When I became a young adult he was my go-to guy for directions if I had misplaced my old-school Thomas guide map book. Turns out my job was on the HWY. too. I loved that about he and I. Our HWY connection . I always feel close to him there.

The L.A. co. Fair always featured amazing local artist’s work and each year I was strangely drawn to a particular artist’s annual display. Bj Lane. Full of color and warm familiarity, cars, trucks and HWY’s. The San Gabriel Valley sights and sounds ablaze in color. My life growing up, I felt it gazing at the work. Every yr. my favorite display.

Fast forward to Fall of 2010. My annual trip to my beloved L.A. Co. fair Art building. For the first time ever Bj Lane was there! Oh my. Fan girl rushing to the easel with beautiful boy in tow, “Hello, hello Bj  Lane…I have admired—- oops.” Beautiful boy had plopped himself down comfortably on iconic Artist’s chair at current masterpiece with paint akimbo? OH MY!! I was terrified this could go very wrong, heart pumping…and all of a sudden strangely and awesomely, heart expands. As I recognize, Bj recognize beautiful boy’s Autism long after beautiful boy recognized Bj’s ease…el.

What a beautiful connection it was Bj told me about her beautiful girl. Two artist’s, two mom’s, two heart’s and a beautiful boy drinking in the ART at the L.A. Co. fair talking about Autism. At the time AutismHWY.com was under construction and it would not be live until a few months after that destined chance meeting.

In April of 2011 I contacted my beautiful new iconic friend, artist Bj Lane and recruited her and her talent to help me build this little Festival we would grow, nurture and LOVE.cf 1st-PosterHere is the very first poster for our event. (Yes, still using 2 exclamation points!!) Just look at what Bj Lane has  brought to each and every festival….This year we have a SPECIAL SURPRISE….

coming in part 2 of this Chalk festival Historical, ” Bj Lane and the Temple of HeART” by Kelly Green…stay tuned!

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Chalking Up an Iconic Community!

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Going into our 5th year as Southern California’s HOTTEST annual Autism Acceptance  event we are so excited about the talent continually joining our movement! Art, Autism and understanding. A beautiful celebration of diversity and friendship. Bridging that and all of our heART to the community. Our mission accomplished to have colorful and accepting FUN! Just take a look at what Carissa P chalked up last year…

Carissa's 2014 award winning design!
                                         CARISSA P’s  2014 award winning design!

 

As each year progresses we hope to see more and more tribute Art to Autistic culture; iconic Autistic people of the past, present and future. We LOVE it when Artists research the world of Neuro-diversity looking for ideas for their amazing creativity! Last year we had some fabulous designs with this focus in mind…

Lysa Ashley's 2014  Autistic Pride Design  winner!
                                          LYSA ASHLEY’s 2014 Autistic Pride Design winner! 

This year let’s keep up this tradition of chalking our favorite icons in the community. Favorite activists, mentors, scientists, scholars, athletes or personalities. Perhaps recreating some of our international friends ART on the pavement in COVINA at Heritage Plaza!  Maybe your own personal statement. Here are just a few cool ideas that we would love to see “chalked up”…..

WE Love this~ by GERHARD BECK
                                               WE Love this heart centered piece~ by GERHARD BECK
ANY of the amazing ART by our friends in The Art of Autism book!
ANY of the amazing ART by our friends in The Art of   Autism book!
A TRIBUTE to Leonard Nimoy's  Mr. SPOCK...
A TRIBUTE to Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. SPOCK…
Temple Grandin and her 'special interest.'
Temple Grandin and her ‘special interest.’
An Autistis PIN-UP Model!!...Sweet!!
Miss Nettie; An Autistic PIN-UP Model!!…Sweet!!

 

What about one of James McCue's many awe inspiring natural wildlife photographs?
What about one of James McCue’s many awe inspiring natural wildlife photographs?
The amazing style of Artist Nora Blansett and her Borealis Art!
                    We love the amazing style of Artist Nora Blansett and any of  her Borealis Art!

 

 

Holly Newcomer's snowflake son catching his own snowflake! BEAUTIFUL!
            Holly Newcomer’s snowflake son catching his own snowflake! BEAUTIFUL!
The imaginative TALENT of International CF Partner Silke Heyer
                    The imaginative TALENT of International Chalk Festival Partner Silke Heyer
Anything by the talented DANIEL JOEL PINTO!
                What amazing feelings  anything by Artist DANIEL JOEL PINTO will inspire!

 

UK Artist MARIA DEANE!
                                                   This ethereal vision by:  UK Artist MARIA DEANE!

 

Nekea Blagoev's In- disguise.
             Try one of Australian artist  NEKEA BLAGOEV’s Very Clever Designs. ‘In- disguise.’
CLAY MARZO shredding through a wave!
 Pro surfer CLAY MARZO shredding thru a wave!  Chalking up OUR ICONS ~LET’S DO THIS!

Autism Chalk Blog

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Cash prizes for artists of all ages!! Support autism in a positive way.   The Autismhwy.com 5th Annual Autism Chalk Festival The biggest Autism Acceptance April event on the West Coast! Let’s change the dialogue about autism. Mark your calendar! Saturday, April 18, 2015 Heritage Park Downtown Covina, Cal. (33 miles east of Los Angeles) Citrus Avenue from the 10 or 210 freeways. map117249_100194440016420_8280025_n