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Campus street to be painted in chalk as part of new exhibit

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Wine Bottle Branding by student Andrea Reyes

The Humanities Department at Palm Beach State College’s Lake Worth campus will host the 2017 Student Art and Design Exhibition in the gallery on campus starting Jan. 31.

The show, which will run from Jan. 31 to Feb. 27, will showcase work created by students enrolled in the College’s visual art and graphic design classes. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the gallery.

As part of the exhibit, former Palm Beach State student Hector Diaz and current student Ken Mullen, who make up the Chalk Guys group, will talk about their work and create an actual street chalk painting in the front of the Humanities Building at noon on Feb. 22. All students, faculty and friends are invited to attend the event.

Diaz was first introduced to street painting through the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival. He quickly paired up with lifelong friend, Ken, to recreate a William Waterhouse painting, which would soon become the first of many collaborations. More recently, they started a journey into the realm of larger-scale pieces, as well as the world of 3D chalk art.

In the past few years, they have shared their 3D street paintings throughout Florida and the United States. For these chalk guys, street painting is about more than an image on a street. It’s about the process, the crowd interaction, and the great friends that they have met along the way.

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The Chalk Guys recreated The Beatles famous Abbey Road album cover two years ago at the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival.

Diaz and Mullen will also be participating in the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival later in the week on Feb. 25 and 26 in Downtown Lake Worth. For more information on the Chalk Guys, visit www.chalkguys.com. You can also check them out on Twitter @chalkguys.

The art gallery at Palm Beach State’s Lake Worth campus hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. It is located on the first floor of the Humanities building. For further information, please call the gallery at 561-868-3270 or 561-868-3909 or visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/ArtGalleryLW

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