2016 Inspiring Artists


Inspiring Artists
We're excited to announce our 2016 featured artists. We highly encourage artists of all levels to participate in the festival. In addition, we invite a dozen "Inspiring Artists" who showcase all the wonderful things that can be done with chalk/pastels. This year, we looked through past festival archives and selected artists who have participated multiple years and have a unique style to their pieces.horizontal break
  • Dominic Arroyo
  • Lacey Bryant
  • Norah Bruhn
  • Momo Cha
  • Carolina Chavez
  • Kyra Kazantzis
  • Waz Keatingo
  • Joe Mandrick
  • Christina Medina
  • Johnny Niblock
  • Wayne and Cheryl Renshaw
  • Marlon Yanes
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Dominic Arroyo

Dominic Arroyo
Dominic is a graduate from the SJSU Illustration/Animation program and pursuing a career as a professional artist. As an artist he always tries to improve his craft while focusing on subjects such as people and environments. He also enjoys story driven themes and subjects, in particular those of ancient Mexican and Indian folklore. He hopes that his artwork can tap into the imagination of viewers and spark interest in these fascinating myths and legends. 

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Nora Bruhn

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Nora's scenic artwork from last year's festival caught our eye so much that we decided to use it for this year's promotional materials. Nora is a self-taught San Francisco based artist. She works primarily with soft pastels, but can also be found on the streets painting murals. Nature, femininity, and connectivity inspire her most. She is also a teacher, helping run summer camps teaching art and nature. You can find more of her artwork at www.konorebi.com or Instagram- Konorebi

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Lacey Bryant

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Lacey Bryant was born in Kentucky and raised in the SF bay area where she still resides. She was home-schooled as a child and spent most her time making artwork and creating elaborate games of make believe with her younger brother.  

Her early participation in children’s theatre provided the basis for her career as a scenic painter, principally for California’s Great America theme park in Santa Clara, CA. She also studied oil painting at Ohlone College where she earned her AS degree in fine art.  Lacey spent several years independently refining her work before she began showing her oil paintings and occasional installations in the Bay Area, LA and beyond.

She creates nostalgic scenes with anachronistic elements in brushy oil paint. These paintings present an underlying narrative of shared human experiences such as connection and isolation.

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Momo Cha

Momo Cha

Momo was born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County with an appreciation for visual creativity all throughout her life. It began with the dream of becoming a comic book artist, but in high school, she began expanding her artistic expression, where she attained an interest in design and began street painting.
Momo continued her education at San José State University and graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design and a BA in Japanese Language. She currently lives in San José as a UX Designer while maintaining hobbies in drawing and painting. Her designs and illustrations have been exhibited in galleries around the world and she continues to street paint across the Bay Area in order to keep growing as an artist and designer.
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Carolina Chavez

Carolina Chavez
Carolina is originally from East Palo Alto but feels that her love for art developed in San Jose. Being in a city with many other talented artists inspired her to improve and experiment with materials that were new to her. She uses a variety of paints but favors oils. Aside from paints she enjoys chalk and has began experimenting with digital arts.
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Kyra Kazantzis

Kyra Kazantzis
Kyra is a lawyer by profession and chalker by choice! She started chalking at the Luna Park festival five years ago as a first time participant and got hooked. You can usually find her 11 year-old daughter and husband chalking with her. Her previous Luna Park pieces have included references to some of her favorite things: her family, San Jose, ramen, pomegranates, and anthropomorphic animals, in that order.

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Waz Keatingo

Waz Keatingo
Waz is a Californian artist. Five years ago, he participated in his first chalk festival and liked it right away. Oil is his preferred medium but he enjoys the quick loose approach to chalk art and, of course, all the creative vibes and atmosphere at the event. Waz appreciates the temporary nature of chalk art and looks forward to a fun event!
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Christina Medina

Christina Medina
Growing up on the East Side of San Jose, art was one thing that kept Christina busy and out of trouble. This is her third year attending the Luna Park Chalk Art Festival. She has participated in the past two festivals, partnering with other artists like John Cloud. This year is her first time doing her own design. Christina dabbles in many different types of art, sewing , painting , crochet and more. 

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Joe Mandrick, Land and Sky Fine Art

Joe Mandrick

You probably recognize the meticulous QR codes contrasting with the breathtaking landscapes he creates at the festival. Here's a little bit about Joe in his own words:

"Drawing, painting, and handcrafting are passions of mine along with electronic design and programming. It may seem odd to have such divergent passions but they complement each other quite well and provide balance in my life. Painting provides me the tranquility and freedom to create without boundaries. Electronics provide me structure and organization to design something that can interact with the world. Whenever possible I try to combine both passions to make interactive electronic art!"


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Johnny Niblock

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Johnny Niblock is originally from Stockton, California. He started drawing detailed faces when he was 6, and has been an artist ever since. He creates art with aerosol, chalk, charcoal, pencil, ink, acrylic and oil. He lives in Santa Clara with his girlfriend and three daughters. You can contact him for custom portraits, drawings,designs and murals at art@jniblock.com instagram.com/niblockart
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Wayne and Cheryl Renshaw

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Wayne and Cheryl have participated in EVERY Luna Park Chalk Art Festival, sharing their talents with large-scale, 3D works. Additionally, they give back to the Luna Park Arts Foundation by teaching at workshops, helping the board with special projects. and keeping us connected to the greater street painting and chalk art community.

Here's more about the Renshaw's in their own words:
"Our adventures with street painting started way back at the turn of the century – Memorial Day Weekend 2000 in Santa Barbara, California. We got together with a large group of friends squished together onto a small patch of pavement and smudged out an image. We’ve returned each year since then, with our friends for a few years, and on our own since 2003. This year we will participate in six to eight festivals nationwide (but mostly in California, where we live).

The two of us bring different skills to a painting, which allows us to work on the same image without killing one another. It also allows us to complete larger and more technically challenging subjects. We are always on the lookout for new and interesting things to draw, but our favorite images are those that tell a visual story. We often include small “Easter Egg” treasures in our paintings—the TARDIS from Doctor Who, a dinosaur skeleton’s Game Boy or a really tiny parrot on a pirate’s shoulder. These sorts of things give people something to talk about, and make our interaction with the viewers even more fun.

When we are not out playing in the street, Wayne runs a small Architectural practice in San Jose, California. His work focuses on commercial projects – office buildings, restaurants, shops, high-tech companies and even toilet room remodels. Cheryl has a small Landscape Design business specializing in Mediterranean climate design and reigns over her loyal subjects in her garden Queendom. In addition to street painting, we both enjoy drawing and watercolor painting."

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Marlon Yanes

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Marlon is a Bay Area chalk artist, working for Whole Foods Market, Northern California Region. View more of his work at tonitoart.tumblr.com

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