Annette Stanton Harkness: Always the Best of Show

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Annette Stanton Harkness crossed our path on the AutismHWY in 2010. Her poetic words and photographic heart brought us into the same lane on many occasions. Watching her mentoring newly diagnosed Autistic women was almost as beautiful as she was. Her passion to enlighten people in her playful way is something we will miss dearly. Often times she and I would daydream about Annette’s alter-ego “Miss Nettie” appearing at the AutismHWY Chalk Festival! She so wanted to pose for photographs with friends and fans. We actively tried to make those plans come true.annette Last fall while attending the ANCA World Autism Festival in Vancouver Canada I received word that Annette had passed away. Just days past her September birthday.  A birthday we found that we shared. Our connection to Annette needed a special tribute.  So for this year’s festival an Angel whispered to me and led me to ask the intensely talented William Zin street painter extraordinaire to bring Miss Nettie out of the clouds and onto the ground for Chalk festival 2017. IMG_9447 Annette xo cf2017wz Bringing Miss Nettie to the show was one of the very best things that happened at this year’s lovefest! Our Annette…BEST of SHOW! cf2017wz1 IMG_3272IMG_3270 Thank you William Zin for making Annette’s showing  THE BEST!

Freeing Expressions, No Foolin’

Well, we are fast approaching OUR 7th year ‘Chalking it UP’ as a Southern California Autism Acceptance contingency! Sharing our colorful agenda has been a revolutionary process that will now unfold forever. Once your infrastructure rocks…there is no stopping it. The vast array of friends that have added and subtracted beautiful talented truths to the AutismHWY Chalk Festival EVENT has been astonishing. AutismHWY has been the lucky one here, meeting you all as differing converging constellations each year. It’s epic when we ‘energy swirl’ here in Covina each year. We are all tied to love and we artfully string that TOGETHER in stellar fashion!

Universal threads we ALL share in common.
                                             Universal threads we ALL share in common.

April 1st will be the start of something HUGE. Some of our International friends at ANCA Naturally Autistic will be chalk to the ground with US, here in Covina. Ambassadors of the ANCA World Autism Festival will be representing by weaving into the fabric of our fantastically fun chalk movement! Connecting our world wide web of ACCEPTANCE in style, while peacefully seeking to cinch up civil rights. Not just Pie in the Sky! Hearts on the ground with nowhere to go but, UP!
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Connecting hearts and minds with the common goal of expressing OUR inside truths, our valid ideas and our all too human needs… goes straight to the heART and soul of all matter. ARTFULLY. Let’s pledge to always support Autistic culture by celebrating these expressions of bold acceptance. Acceptance  of our natural world and the self truths we all feel and need to make colorfully evident!

The talented Silke Heyer CF Architect and partner!
The talented Silke Heyer CF Architect and partner!

SEE YOU on the ground SOON!

Kelly Green writes as admin for the Autism Chalk Art website.

Kelly is the mother to a very vocal, non-speaking teenaged Autistic son. The founder of AutismHWY and the AutismHWY Chalk Festival she also creates the Making Friends with Autism Coloring Book Series. She seeks to amplify the voice of Autistic people helping the world to realize their great significance past, present and future.

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Manuel’s Chalk Venture…a!!

Doing IT ALL. Chalking dragons into the earth and seeking crabs in the rocks! - Manuel Briceno Ventura 2016
Doing IT ALL. Chalking creatures into the earth and seeking crabs in the rocks! – Manuel Briceno Ventura 2016

Our interview with Artist Manuel Briceno…

*Manuel first joined us at our 3rd Chalk Festival event . We were so happy that he and his family found our event and now attend annually! The Briceno family look for rich ways to experience life and give back to the community. It’s a pleasure  to see all of the Art activities and fun adventures the Briceno’s create for each other and FRENZ! They truly understand the power of connection!

 

AutismHWY: First off we want to thank you Manuel, for chalking at the AutismHWY Chalk Festival over the last 4 years! Your cool artistic contributions each and every year have been important in helping us build and promote the event. THANKS!!manuel bricenomanuel
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We were so happy to be chalking together at the Ventura Harbor last weekend at the Ventura Art and Street Painting festival ! I love being a street artist and would like to interview you about your emerging career as a street artist! Is that okay with you?

Manuel: Yes, I think so.

AutismHWY:  What do you think about winning the $100.00 prize money/award for Best Color at the 6th annual AutismHWY Chalk Festival this year?

Manuel: That was the best thing that ever happened to me in my life!cf6 manuel1
The “feathered Snake” that brought in the win for Manuel was located near the Kids craft zone where they were gluing feathers and jewels on masks designed for them by Autistic superpower Maryellen Szper. After awhile the feathers were blowing in the wind. Manuel pointed the feathers out “See, I told you the Feathered Snake was real!cf6 manuel3
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Absolutely Manuel! ALL THINGS are POSSIBLE!

AutismHWY:  Chalk art on concrete is really different than traditional ART. The surfaces are very unique and need different techniques. Please, tell me your thoughts on that.

Manuel: It is not very smooth. But I plan to make some gloves thing to use to maybe smooth help to blend. Sometimes drawing on cement is risky and rough so maybe people should scrape the chalk to wet it and paint it on.

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Manuel’s Mom Christie notes that once Manuel was so displeased with surface texture he erased, and started over! I’ve done that!

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AutismHWY:  An important factor in chalk-art is that the audience witnesses your creation coming to life, LIVE. What do you think about that? Do you enjoy chalking with an audience around you?

Manuel: Well… it’s kind of embarrassing a little bit, but I like to talk about my picture sometimes but I just like to talk a little bit- a lot because I am busy thinking.

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Very distracting indeed and time consuming…I know what you mean! I chalk 60% of the time and talk 40% !! lol…

AutismHWY: This time you were a featured artist and were given, chalk, free food and hotel accommodations for your time and talent! How did that feel?

Manuel: That was nice. It was the nicest thing for them to do. The best part was the hotel room because it had cable and so I got to watch it and we also had a new tiny refrigerator my dad put soda in it!

*Manuel doesn’t have cable at home. WooHoo…next yr. bring the popcorn to go with that cold soda Mom and Dad!!

AutismHWY: Finally, we would like to know if you are glad that you traveled to Ventura and chalked at the 2016 Ventura Art and Street Painting festival?

Manuel: Yeah. I think it’s been great becoming a chalk artist.

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We  have to agree Manuel! It’s been a pleasure for us to witness your Artistic growth and creative expression over the years. Your passion for creating and storytelling about your characters connects you to your culture! Making you an excellent street artist. Your sense of adventure while expanding your experiential horizon is your super power. Thank you for sharing that!

Manuel out in Los Angeles drawing in the city!!
Manuel out and about in downtown Los Angeles drawing in the city!!

We are proud to be connected to you and will be nominating you for a  Naturally Autistic People Award~ for the 2017 Western Regional to be held in conjunction with our 2017 Chalk Festival weekend!

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Kelly Green writes as admin for the Autism Chalk Art website.

Kelly is the mother to a very vocal, non-speaking teenaged Autistic son. The founder of AutismHWY and the AutismHWY Chalk Festival she also creates the Making Friends with Autism Coloring Book Series. She seeks to amplify the voice of Autistic people helping the world to realize their significance past, present and future.

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Paving An Emergent Cultural Canvas

There is truly something glorious about the explosive combination of people, colorful chalk and blank canvas pavement. This simple formula creates MAGIC. Just try it and experience the intense equation of personal power, love for this colorful life and the unveiling of one’s spirit. I see this each and every time I am in the vortex of this 1-2-3 equation. It is such fun when people spontaneously connect through chalk, time and self expression. It’s so moving to see; that more and more people, are feeling the chalky LOVE!

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Last night at Covina Park, the Covina Parks and Recreation summer program…presented the last Movie Night of the summer featuring  Disney’s Zootopia! IMG_2608The Covina Police Department  was in full community connection engaging with the crowd while providing  fun trivia and prizes for audience participants. IMG_2638Before  the film began kids were encouraged to test their PD skills and given fun opportunity to get crafty by creating animal necklaces and trying out CHALK~ART!

Possibility now on the table!
Possibility now on the table!

So fun to see emerging artists with very definite passion, ideas and techniques. I was so impressed to see youngsters using their phones for image reference and color matching! WOW. A 6 yr. old at the chalk table looking for that perfect pinky/peach for an inner rabbit ear!

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This young spirit was inspired by my rendition of the Zootopia logo and it’s pleasingly cool color palette. So fun to see this work emerge…
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Another young artist after my own HeART!
Another young artist after my own HeART!

IMG_2632We LOVE Art too…with a big fat A! The ambitious young artist below really went for it! Check out this 3D Orca image he re-created from an image he dialed up on his phone! Way to go Carter!IMG_2637

So many stories of determination and complete connection to source! Isabel is becoming a veteran chalker! Look for her in 2017 at our April 1st AutismHWY Chalk Festival event.

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Isabel and her masterpiece!
Isabel and her masterpiece!

I loved these twin brothers with Monsters Inc. on their dual minds…

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Another fantastic thing you will see at chalking events, are tributes. Tributes that reflect the collective feelings and vibes of the generation, of what is felt currently. When iconic figures fall those people and concepts are often contemporaneously immortalized… lovingly in chalk. So timeless and timely ALL at ONCE.

IMG_2620But, OF COURSE!! Pokeman GO! Leave it to the pulse of children to ride the wave of the NOW collective. Picking right up soO intuitively on the times…that are 2016!

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The young artist pictured below was excited to have created a Pokeman ball and Pikachoo to capture withOUT the cellphone!

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IMG_2616Patterning in life is how we learn and build… idea after idea. We are scaffolding for each other from the GROUND up! This young artist really blows me away…

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I am inspired too Ashley. Inspired to leave the E out of important concepts where EGO  gets in the way of love and joy. Foregoing an E every now and then would do us all a world of good. Thank YOU!

IMG_2633We all need to take advantage of the opportunity to create in spontaneous experience like this. It is at the HeART of our human nature and it feeds our souls. We were born to it and can all do it beautifully no matter who we are or how we are in time and space!

Be the creative amazing human beings we were ALL born to BE.

 

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Kelly Green writes as admin for the Autism Chalk Art website.

Kelly is the mother to a very vocal, non-speaking teenaged Autistic son. The founder of AutismHWY and the AutismHWY Chalk festival she also creates the Making Friends with Autism Coloring Book Series. She seeks to amplify the voice of Autistic people helping the world to realize their significance past, present and future.

www.autismhwy.com

 

Perception Perspective Purr~fection!

 

So exciting to have just completed our 6th annual AutismHWY Chalk Festival event.

Wow. So many wonderful people helping to lift the bar from Autism Awareness TO Autism Acceptance. The Artist’s and families that devote their valuable time to join us are ‘our superheroes on the ground!’

One of these beyond fantastic participants was Rod Tryon. If you will remember I introduced Rod to the Chalk Festival fans in this blog. We were honored that he chose to start his 2016 portfolio off at our Festival! Thank YOU Rod for your herculean efforts to chalk with us on this OH SO challenging year!  We hope to be the event that kicks off his amazing season of street ART each and every year moving forward.  Rod’s wonderful image that skewers perception so precisely rocked our world purrfectly!!cf6 rod

“If you change the way you look at things. The things you look at change.” -Wayne Dyer

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Stand UP, Speak UP…Raul O. Munoz

Here at the AutismHWY Chalk Festival…not only do we chalk where we stand…we speak up and out against injustice ~Artfully!

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AutismHWY and those of us amplifying the voice of Autistic people are tired of hearing about Autism from NON Autistic people. The information has been inaccurate and has distracted our community from being the BEST that it can be. It is a certainty that truly listening to and including Autistic people into ‘Autism Industry’ will change the world for all of US forever. The ultimate IN inclusion!!

This year we are lucky to have Raul O. Munoz as one of our event speakers!raul o munoz

I met Raul last year when he and other members of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network joined us! What a great guy. I was really moved when I later heard what he had to say about the event in OUR festival video by Manuel Valenzuela here:

I am really looking forward to hearing what Raul has to say this year! make sure you are here during the 2 o’clock hour to hear our speeches and guest performances!

Here is a quick preview from Raul himself:

The Autism CF is such an amazing event in that it promotes acceptance and love for the Autistic population. Despite where one falls on the spectrum, everyone has the right to feel accepted and loved. This event does that. It is a celebration where many Autistic people and supporters can come together and create a wonderful masterpiece through their art or just relax without feeling judged or turned away.
Autism has many faces, but some of those faces are not worry or fear. Us Autistics can be some of the brightest people on the planet. There may be challenges and while some of us may require more support than others, we can achieve a lot with love, patience, and persistence. There is no need for a “cure”.
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Kelly Green writes as admin for the Autism Chalk Art website.

Kelly is the mother to a very vocal, non-speaking teenaged Autistic son. The founder of AutismHWY and the creator of the Making Friends with Autism Coloring Book Series. She seeks to amplify the voice of Autistic people helping the world to realize their significance past, present and future.

www.autismhwy.com

Standing IN Judgment

There is so much talk of judgement in the world these days. Who should or should not be judged. People decry judgements in daily conversation and connection… however, judgement is evolutionarily crucial and needed in life for healthy transformations.

Activist’s use judgment to assess morality and integrity within the toxic societies we reside in. Judgments are needed and help us breakdown the very barriers that confine us. The barriers Autistic people ‘activate’ against! Judgments that create barriers seen and unseen.gavel

Examine the judgments about Autism and Autistic people that have been activated against them. Judgments which have hindered their very existence. Judgments that shackle their freedom of Autistic expression and movement in this world…daily.

At the chalk festival judgment literally looks down!! This year we have created an exciting NEW regime in judgment! OUR beloved original feature Artist Bj Lane will evolve into the position of head judge. Judgment in chief if you will!!

Bj Lane is an amazing Southern California based artist I have long admired. In 2010 Bj and I finally met at the L.A. County Fair, bj lane realizing we had far more in common than our love for ART. Upon meeting Wyatt and myself, Bj told us she was also on the AutismHWY raising an Autistic daughter; Tammy that was now a lovely young woman!

I invited Bj to join us in building the chalk festival right then and there. For 5 yrs. she has wowed us with her street art work and the crowning achievement last year…her Temple Grandin chalk masterpiece.

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A view from above
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So, as we move into our 6th year Bj will now judge others ART for us ALL!

10 awards for 10 Artist’s. Two tiers, 5 awards each for Professional and Amateur street Artists!

Best of Show-Best Color-Autistic Pride Design-Most Originality and Most Comical!

Saturday April 9th come out to see the beautiful images to assign judgment upon!! Joining Bj in her judgments will be Artist/Photographer, longtime Covina Cultural Arts Commissioner Bob Orso.

Bob photobombing at the Citrus College GumbyFest!
Bob photobombing at the Citrus College GumbyFest!

Bob brings a great eye to the panel and we are pleased to have him on board.

Our third and final Judge for this years illustrious panel will be two time Chalk festival Award winner Carissa Paccerelli! This will be Carissa’s fourth time chalking our event and we are so proud she has agreed to add her Autistic eye for detail in judgement as well!

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2 time Chalk Festival Award Winner Carissa Paccerelli and her “Messy Stitch”

 

What a well rounded group of ‘judgy judgers who judge’ whom will be judging all of this years AutismHWY.com’s Chalk Festival  BRILLIANTLY! LOL…

 

THANK YOU all… so MUCH!

 

 

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Kelly Green writes as admin for the Autism Chalk Art website.

Kelly is the mother to a very vocal, non-speaking teenaged Autistic son. The founder of AutismHWY and the creator of the Making Friends with Autism Coloring Book Series. She seeks to amplify the voice of Autistic people helping the world to realize their significance past, present and future.

www.autismhwy.com

 

Rod Tryon…Tries on The AutismHWY Chalk Fest!

WOW….this IS powerful good news. heart3 Rod Tryon will be joining us next month on April 9th here in Covina! We are so honored by ALL of the immense talents shared with us each and every year, and it just keeps getting better!! Rod is one of those Artist’s whose work just commands attention. His art is something fantastic to see, no wonder he has traveled the world with his trusty chalk! We are  honored that he will share his valuable time and talent with us this year in Covina , California at our 6th annual event.  Lucky US! The Artist’s that ‘paint street’ are a whole other breed of animal and I am soO glad that OUR Autistic Artist’s will be mingling all day with greatness while witnessing first hand techniques that WILL astound.

It IS so important for Artist’s to share their process when they can! Those of us always looking for tricks can learn so much being in the presence of these talented masters. It’s such a magical thing to see. A blotch of concrete transformed into almost anything one can imagine…and sometimes things one just can’t!!

I was lucky enough to meet Rod at last fall’s Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival as he created THIS masterpiece…

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What an interesting and talented man. make sure you come out to see just what he has up his sleeve for all of us. Meanwhile take a look at these great pics all found on his fabulous facebook page!

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Learn MORE about Rod’s street painting history here in this great interview by master chalk-artist Tracy Lee Stum…

JOIN US April 9th and BE AMAZED by pavement and chalk!

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Kelly Green writes as admin for the Autism Chalk Art website.

Kelly is the mother to a very vocal, non-speaking teenaged Autistic son. The founder of AutismHWY and the creator of the Making Friends with Autism Coloring Book Series. She seeks to amplify the voice of Autistic people helping the world to realize their significance past, present and future.

www.autismhwy.com

 

 

COLORFUL COMMENTARY

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Exactly what this EVENT was designed for. Empowerment through Self~Expressions! Chalking out artful visions and colorful dreams is simply cathartic! Putting your intentions and your vibrational energy back into the earth should be experienced by ALL, at least once a year! It is a wonderfully grounding experience that our past participants and anyone chalking at a festival will tell you is exhilarating. We highly recommend it! I have been chalking now for over a decade and eagerly await each new event and the possibilities they uniquely hold. Creating new temporary imagery of my own acceptance designs,  re-creating another Artist’s work, collaborating with spectrum artist’s… meeting new friends and connecting with old.

Here were my 2015 chalking opportunities after last April’s FUN!

The Pasadena Chalk Festival (the largest on our planet!) is traditionally Father’s Day weekend. Our friend 2014 participant & 2015 Carpe Inspirus Award recipient Eileen Sobora and her family joined me for the second day of this (record breaking heat) 2~day event. Eileen chalking her crowd favorite Panda to add to my Giraffe and Ladybug.  This was my 3rd year as a participant and definitely the hardest. Thanks to my partners or it may have gone incomplete. Whew. Cheers to teamwork on BIG squares!! Here are a few pictures of our Design: “Acceptance For All: Great and Small”…

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In September we traveled north to Ventura Harbor for their Annual Street Art Festival. This was my 2nd yr. chalking at this beautiful venue, art show and sale. Keeping in my new tradition I chalked a spectrum Artist’s design at this seaside event. Tashi’s “Bird of Paradise” design…

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Later in November I chalked the Pomona Chalk Festival for my first time. What a wonderful and casual event! I had been wanting a chance to chalk~up the cover of the groundbreaking  and award winning book, NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman and to my amazement this event had a “Book Cover Theme.” Divinity!

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What WILL BE chalked up next?….Well, the possibilities are ENORMOUS. The skies the limit…. SEE YOU SOON!

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SATURDAY, April 9th to be EXACT!! JOIN US!

 

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Kelly Green writes as admin for the Autism Chalk Art website.

Kelly is the mother to a very vocal, non-speaking teenaged Autistic son. The founder of AutismHWY and the creator of the Making Friends with Autism Coloring Book Series. She seeks to amplify the voice of Autistic people helping the world to realize their significance past, present and future.

www.autismhwy.com

 

 

Bj Lane and the Temple of HeArt-the Grand Finale

And the final pictures…a portrait of Temple Grandin, “Bj Lane and the Temple of Heart” 4/18/2015.

Thank you again for allowing me to be involved in this years Virtual Autism Chalk Festival.  I hope all attending this special event have enjoyed the day, enjoyed the art, and have found their own special way to participate.  Sharing, loving and acceptance is creating a new path straight from the heart!

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