We ignored the tyrants, and focused on the Patriots and the theme of the 2013 Festival - Valor.
The Art for After Hours team (right to left) of myself, Wendy Stum and Vero Gonzales (also pictured below, from Mexico) worked tirelessly through the street painting of the piece, in the sun and at times, the rain to have the work ready for the crowds at the Festival on Sunday November 18th.
I, as a proud son of a Veteran, my father, who served in the Korean War and Wendy Stum, who had many family members in the Nation's Service including her father in the Navy and sister in the Army.
Sitting at the base of the artwork with pictures of our loved ones who have served...
Wendy and I signed the names of our fathers and some of her family members upon our painted leaves in chalk as a symbol of rememberance and respect for their service and commitment to our country in peace and war.
Remembering my father who served in Korea.
Wendy Stum from Art for After Hours with chalked leaves for her father who served in the Navy and sister who served in the Army.
After Wendy and I signed our loved ones names on the painted leaves, our good friend and the Festival Coordinator for Photography, David Taylor (below), a veteran of the Vietnam War who chalked the following on the leaves on the pavement:
PFC Michael Bloomfield, KIA 5-17-70, Charlie Co, 1st of the 7th, Air Cav.
David Taylor, with C 1/7, referencing Charlie Company, 1st of the 7th Air Cav.
These were incredibly poignant moments, and the beginning of an emotionally moving and draining day.
Then followed veterans and their families remembering friends, parents, brothers, sisters, husbands, and wives who are serving now in Afghanistan and in every war including Iraq, the Gulf, Panama, Grenada, Vietnam, Korea, World War II, and the family member of one veteran who flew in the U.S. Air Corps in World War I and was missing in action.
As one can imagine, this was a continual stream of respect, emotion, rememberance, and honor.
Anthony Cappetto and Wendy Stum are the Founder, internationally regognized 3D 4D Street Artist and Marketing Director (respectively) of Art for After Hours, a professional street painting chalk art company providing 3D illusionary conceptual experiences and installations since 2001. This is Art for After Hours's fourth year designing and creating 3D exhibition pieces for the Sarasota Chalk Festival.