Arts lovers will take to the streets of Chesterton to engage in colorful artistic expression this weekend.
The Hooked on Art Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Thomas Centennial Park in Chesterton. Now in its sixth year, the fest draws arts fans with its focus on live street art, kids' activities, live music and food.
"This is a family festival that celebrates prevention and recovery," said Derek Frazier, operations director of Frontline Foundations. Proceeds from the event will benefit Frontline Foundations and its mission of offering affordable substance abuse treatment to those in need in the community.
Frazier said the festival, which started six years ago, has been popular with all generations.
"People have a lot of fun," he said, adding there are various kids' interactive activities as well as a Culinary Kids area. "Kids can create chef's aprons and hats and other things."
One of the highlights of the event is a massive chalk art display in the streets of downtown Chesterton. There are also live street artist displays and vendors showcasing diverse mediums from painting and sculpture to jewelry making and more.
"We're growing as a festival. The first year we only had about a dozen live street artists," Frazier said. This year there are about 80 artists who will be "painting the streets of downtown Chesterton."
Artists from around the Midwest will be showcasing their talents in chalk artistry and also will be competing for cash prizes. There will be a mix of youth and adult artists in competition.
Michigan couple Dave and Shelley Brenner from A Pigment of Your Imagination also will be on hand to create a 20 by 12 interactive, three-dimensional chalk work.
In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to work with various artists in creating tie-dye items to take home, Frazier said.
Musical entertainment will be provided by The Blud Brothers, Chester Brown and Frontline's The Salt Exchange. A "Church Ladies Food Tent" will feature food for sale made by cooks from St. Peter's Church in Portage, Ogden Dunes Community Church and Open Door Fellowship in Kouts.
Frazier said Frontline Foundations is a certified addiction services outpatient treatment provider. Locations are in LaPorte and Chesterton.
The organization states its mission "is to serve as a source of hope to men and women ages 18-38 suffering from alcohol and drug abuse while also providing an effective treatment and recovery support system. We offer vital support through peer-to-peer group sessions, individual treatment and art & music recovery programs which certified substance abuse counselors and program coordinators facilitate."