Plain City woman excels in ‘temporary’ art


By Mallory Powell - For The Madison Press



Hilary Frambes at the Old 42 Antiques Hoopla in Plain City.


Contributed photo | Aaron Lewis

Hilary Frambes creates the Plain City rendition of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.


Contributed photo | Aaron Lewis

The Ohio Chalk Art Guild, created at the beginning of this year, is made up of artists who all share a love of chalk art. One of its founding members is Hilary Frambes of Plain City.

Guild members usually enter competitions as solo artists representing the guild.

“I did my first festival 10 years ago. I was really intrigued by the whole process and the outcome of chalk art and especially big public artworks. I was amazed that it is a mural but it’s temporary. I was really interested by the whole thing and decided that I was going to enter in festivals,” Frambes said.

When it comes to the number of festivals Frambes has been in, she said, “I’ve lost count.”

Being an artist takes up a lot of her free time. “The last couple of years I have been super busy in the Spring. I usually have something going on every weekend. If not, it’s weird to have a weekend off. I am either doing a festival, or I am doing an event. Though not everything I do is a festival or a competition. Usually someone hires me, or commissions me to do chalk art at their event,” she said.

Frambes also teaches an after school art program in the Jonathan Alder School District through the federally funded 21st Century Grant Program. She is currently working on painting a mural at the Hilliard Recreation Center preschool classroom, which should be completed over the next few weeks.

Another founding member is Sheryl Lazenby from Columbus. On how the guild was started, she said, “we all met at an art festival and decided to create the guild.”

Lazenby has been in many festivals and competitions and the longest she has ever worked on a chalk painting took multiple days.

“We strive to link Ohio chalk artists with local and national opportunities and events, because we are all passionate about chalk painting,” said Lazenby.

For more information or to keep to date on what Hilary is working on, visit hilaryframbes.com or ‘like’ the Ohio Chalk Art Guild on Facebook.

Hilary Frambes at the Old 42 Antiques Hoopla in Plain City.
http://www.plaincity-advocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2017/09/web1_HilaryFrambeschalkartcol.jpgHilary Frambes at the Old 42 Antiques Hoopla in Plain City. Contributed photo | Aaron Lewis

Hilary Frambes creates the Plain City rendition of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
http://www.plaincity-advocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2017/09/web1_HilaryFrambescol.jpgHilary Frambes creates the Plain City rendition of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Contributed photo | Aaron Lewis

By Mallory Powell

For The Madison Press