Maple Grove’s Chalkfest to Honor Ukrainian Chalk Artist
The seventh annual Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove takes place June 11 and June 12. This year’s festivities include a tribute art piece and fundraiser for a Ukrainian artist and long-serving Chalkfest member Alex Makisov, who remains in Ukraine.
Chalkfest artist Shawn McCann says Makisov has been involved in all past festivals and has been a reliable and talented addition to the Maple Grove event.
Since Makisov can’t currently afford to leave Ukraine, Chalkfest wanted to find a way to give back. Some of the art at the festival will be dedicated to him and a fundraiser will help fund Alex’s efforts to flee Ukraine.
“It’s something that we still wanted to honor him,” said McCann. “So we’re going to have his square still there. We’re going to do a little tribute to him and try to raise some funds to help offset somethings that have been going on with him and his family.”
Fellow Ukrainian Chalkfest artist Tatyana Talanova will also be contributing to the art in Alex’s honor. Visitors can watch the art pieces come to life starting June 11 and 12. The event is free to attend.
More information: Chalkfestarborlakes.com.