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October is so full of art that it was recently renamed. Artober is coming… and it’s going to be huge. Lompoc is hosting many art themed events in Artober, like the The Arts association’s Art Hunt and Mural in a Weekend; plus the Elk’s Craft Fair. But at the heart of it all is the Chalks Festival. Lompoc is the canvas as artists of every age and walk of life unleash their imaginations on the city of Arts & Flowers.

The Festival is the brainchild of locals Don Fletcher and Barbara Satterfield, who were inspired by Santa Barbara’s I Madonnari Festival and Orcutt’s very popular Chalks event. “It’s part of the art movement,” says artist and native lompocan Don Fletcher. “It’s great for kids, a mind expander.” He points out that his friendly female ghost companion really inspired the idea, a great place for people to gather at the first annual Community Chalks festival. 

“People are excited,” shared Barbara Satterfield, the event’s organizer and board member of the Lompoc Theatre Project. “This event will include Mural Tours, Theatre Tours, a Hay Ride, Entertainment, Music, Beer & Wine, artistic vendors and non-profits, even art lessons.” The event is to help raise money for the Lompoc Theatre Project, the 91-year-old theatre at the heart of downtown Lompoc. The goal is to revive it as a performing cultural arts and education center. As one board member puts it, “It will be the home of the arts in Lompoc. Movies, theatre, music concerts, dance shows – any live performance you can think of will be seen in our theatre.” 

A Homegrown Effort

Growing up in Lompoc, Fletcher and Satterfield have known each other since their student 4-H days. Satterfield says, “This is a real focus on the vibrant arts Community. Professional artists and people who want to try their hand at art will put their attempts in front of our community. This will continue to focus attention on art in the Lompoc Valley and raise money for the Theatre restoration.” 

Organizer Satterfield continues, “There is room for everyone. There is still time to sign up as a sponsor, vendor or art- ist. There is a separate children’s section where they can do chalk art. We want everyone to come to this awesome event.” She mentioned that the Lompoc City staff has been very supportive and have been focused for many years on revitalizing the historic downtown area that includes buildings that date back to the 1880’s. Sponsorship can take on the form of many things; businesses or organizations can sponsor an artist, individuals can support and sponsor as a group – “The family of” or “in memory of.” There are many opportunities to get involved in a myriad of ways. 

The Lompoc Chalks Festival will be held on Friday, October 12, through Sunday, October 14, 2018. Two large, freshly paved parking lots will be the canvas at the corner of Cypress and I Streets.
To become a sponsor, volunteer, artist or vendor, or to receive more information, please contact:
(805) 380-6777 • info@lompoctheatre.org • 740 North H Street, #238, Lompoc, CA 93436 or www.LompocTheatre.org .

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