Chock Full O' Chalk: Via Colori

This weekend the annual Via Colori street-painting festival turns downtown streets into a pavement gallery and then washes it all away as if nothing happened.

The 2009 festival's featured artist, Melanie Stimmell Van Latum, will contribute a record-breaking 1,800 square-foot street mural, the largest ever produced in the U.S. Called The Art of Sound, and sponsored by the Center for Hearing and Speech, it's meant to represent a hearing-impaired child's first experience of sound.

On Saturday, Via Colori will also host its first ever "Great Chalk-Off," featuring local celebs competing to create the best two-foot by two-foot chalk drawing on the "art of sound" theme. Art Attack was asked to be a judge, and we're looking forward to the "crit," Bravo's Work of Art-style.

The Great Chalk-Off starts at 4pm, Saturday, near the intersection of Bagby and Lamar, downtown.

The festival runs from 10am to 6pm on Saturday; 10am to 5pm on Sunday

Remember: If you're headed to either Via Colori or the annual Art Crawl this weekend, the eastbound entrance to I-10 at I-45N will be closed. Here's a handy map to help you navigate the area.

Check back on us for photos and video of the event soon.

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