Summerlin prepares for seventh annual art festival in September

Valley residents are invited to participate in the seventh annual Summerlin Art Festival at Summerlin Centre Community Park, 1800 S. Town Center Drive Sept. 25 and 26. The outdoor event features the works of as many as 120 artists and craftsman as well as sidewalk chalk art created by participants of all ages and skill levels. The event is free and open to the public.

Professional or aspiring artists are encouraged to participate in the annual chalk art competition. Winners will be announced in a variety of categories including best reproduction, most original and best representation of Summerlin. Each winner will receive a $100 American Express gift card, redeemable anywhere American Express is accepted. Individuals interested in participating in the competition must register online at summerlinartfestival.com by Sept. 15.

Chalk art squares will also be available at the event for artists who want to participate in the fun without competing. The $5 cost includes chalk and a knee pad.

According to Nikkole Liesse, marketing director for Summerlin, the chalk art component of the Summerlin Art Festival is a fun way for everyone to be involved. "The more participants — regardless of their age or skill level — the better," she said. "Everyone’s artwork blends to create a giant, colorful masterpiece for thousands to enjoy."

Returning again this year as the local featured chalk artist is Donovan Fitzgerald, owner of Fitzgerald Artworks. Fitzgerald has participated in the Summerlin Art Festival since 2007 and is well known for his classical reproductions.

In addition to the chalk art, Summerlin Art Festival will feature food art carving demonstrations, roving entertainers and live music. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

The master plan, in partnership with CBS Radio, is sponsoring the event.

Developed by The Howard Hughes Corp., an affiliate of General Growth Properties Inc., Summerlin is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a year-long celebration that commenced in May 2010.

Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas Valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres, with 7,500 acres still remaining to accommodate future growth within the master plan.

The community is currently home to nearly 100,000 residents with amenities that include 150 neighborhood and village parks, 150 completed miles of the Summerlin trail system, nine golf courses, a dozen houses of worship, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks, 25 public and private schools and 75 selling floor plans.

Homes are available in a variety of styles — from single-family homes to townhomes, condominiums and lofts — priced from the high $100,000s to more than $2 million.

For more information on Summerlin, visit summerlin.com, call 791-4500 or become a fan of Summerlin on Facebook.

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