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More Than 20 Artists Set for Chicken Parade

San Marcos CA – July 4th, 2014 marks the launch of the first annual San Marcos Arts Council Chicken Parade, in partnership with the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. Twenty-six Chamber member businesses are leading the race by being chicken sponsors in the Council’s biggest fundraiser and community art project to date. With each chicken sculpture comes the imaginative talents of twenty-six local artists.

The Chicken Parade braids new and existing connections between local businesses, artists and the 1 million residents of the 78 corridor. The Parade will officially run from July 4th to September 30th, in which time businesses involved are displaying artist-adorned chicken sculptures as a city-wide scavenger hunt and exhibition.

Artists of all kinds have joined the parade as chicken creators. Some artists will be painting the cast sculptures in acrylic or watercolors, while others have ruffled feathers by adding 3-Dimensional qualities. The list of artists includes, color field painter Ellen Benfatti; Vista Arts Commission member Joyce Pekala, local legend Juli Veee, UEI College representative Monica Romero and glass artist Rob Morey. No matter the 2-D or 3-D nature, each chicken in the parade will be absolutely unique. The public is encouraged to visit each sponsoring business and see the masterworks of the twenty-six chicken artists. Visit the San Marcos Arts Council [Link] for a complete list of the Chicken Parade artists.chicken-on-parade-poster

Funds raised in the 2014 SMAC Chicken Parade will support the Council’s mission to “foster and promote an arts environment that enriches the community and envision a culturally exciting and artistically vibrant community wherein all forms of the arts flourish.” If you would like to get involved, volunteer or make a meaningful donation to the San Marcos Arts Council, please contact Board President, Marilyn Huerta or Chairman, Craig Garcia at sanmarcosartscouncil@gmail.com.

2014 Chicken Parade in conjunction coloring projects for youth and social media competitions for all ages. All Chicken Parade activities are free of charge. Visit the Council’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sanmarcosarts for project and competition details.

Important Dates:
  • Chicken Parade from July 4 – September 30, 2014
  • Chicken Sculptures go on sale October 19, 2014, at the San Marcos Horse Heritage event.
  • Chicken Parade Finally October 23, 2014 at the monthly Chamber Mixer held at the San Marcos Historical Society.

Visit www.SanMarcosArtsCouncil.com for Chicken Parade details and maps.

About the San Marcos Arts Council

The San Marcos Arts Council (SMAC), is an all-volunteer Board working to promote and advance artistic activity in the community, primarily through education, exposing the public to the fine and performing arts, and serving as a community resource in promoting artistic development throughout San Marcos and the 78 Corridor. Since its inception in 2009, the Council has regularly hosted free hands-on activities at community events, partnered with artists and non-profits, as well as sponsored artist workshops. A San Marcos City grant in 2013 had allowed the Council to reach new heights in programming and outreach. Visit the Council at www.SanMarcosArtsCouncil.com