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Finished – sort of…?

NaperSettlement

Artist Faire

Naperville, IL

June 26-27, 2020!

That’s right, we’re doing it again! 😃

The rest of this post was from last year and the announcement that I’d be retiring my knees. It’s been nearly 9 months and I have little to no knee pain, so, we will do a few more and see how this goes.

See you soon! – Shaun

June 22,23 2019

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone of you that made it out to help me celebrate 10 years of amazing fun in the sun and chalk art illusions!

It has been an amazing run!

(Warning: lots of talk about me… sorry)

I’ve been featured at all the places I truly wanted to chalk and so many more than I even dreamed, from Chicago (Museums, John Hancock, Navy Pier, McCormick Place, Lollapalooza, State Street, Wrigley Field, the Drake, Michigan Ave, North Beach etc etc) to NYC (west village and Soho) to all the various states and festivals around America, to international, exotic locations like Egypt and Barbados.

I’ve been featured on multiple tv shows (even internationally), many local TV interviews, and on stage in front of nearly a million people at stadiums, theaters, conferences, schools and churches over 20 years.

I have made amazing friends along the way including a minister/art teacher/ chalk artist in the Philippines who I had the great privilege to encourage at a crucial moment in his life.

I have trained many many artists over the 20 years since I first became “accidentally serious” about chalking, including several youth speakers who have used chalk talks or “chalk rock” as an addition to their portfolio, several Chalk festival champions, prophetic worship artists, and a few chalk board artists and painter/muralists too.

Probably my favorite moments were when a young artist would see me working and I’d have a moment to connect with them the way only artists can connect to each other and watch as their eyes would light up with the realization that they aren’t entirely crazy or alone and that the pursuit of art is definitely worth while… even if you don’t get paid. (But best if you can also get paid)

All of that being said, many people will find this announcement troubling or disheartening. The fact is my knees can’t handle the work anymore, my heart is longing for something else, and my Father in Heaven has signaled that is time to move ahead.

Faith and I have discussed this change for a long time (years). We are excited about the change but sad in many ways as well. There may be some opportunities that arise sometime in the not so close future, where I’ll don the kneepads again, chalk in hand, walking in slow motion down a hot asphalt street with a look of determination in my eye… but until that day: June 22 and 23rd was YOUR FINAL OPPORTUNITY to come see me creating LIVE on pavement and get your own super fun, interactive photo with my art.

Btw- Yes I’ll keep posting art online. I just won’t be doing public 3D chalk like this as my job anymore.

I want to assure you once again, you haven’t seen the last of my talent and haven’t seen the best of me either. There is always more beneath the surface than you see of my public postings.. much like the freehand illusions I have created in the last decade.

What creative tool will I wield next? (Something not using my knees so much I hope!)

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Should I really do this?? HALF OFF!

I’m running the craziest special EVER for education K-12 groups:

Half off and even better for up to 3 days of back to back presentations anywhere in the lower 48 US states!

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Call for more info:

(312) 233-2620

Act now! Very limited space on my calendar to do this, so, many will miss out on this once in a lifetime offer!

*includes live chalk artwork for each speech! You keep the final masterpiece(s)!!

*speeches customized for each group after phone consultations – pick your topic(s) and funnel your funds any way you like.

*over 15 years of international speaking experience

*international entertainer and motivational speaker

Call today before I come to my senses! XP

Chicago Chalk Champ, Shaun Hays will be at Adler Planetarium August 21, 2017 creating some amazing pavement masterpieces
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Chicago’s Adler Planetarium Chalk Art Aug 21st 2017

I usually don’t make announcement before an event finalizes the details, but I think you should be notified about this one asap: I am working out details with Adler Planetarium on Chicago’s Lakefront for some amazing Chalk Art Masterpieces!

MONDAY, August 21st will be a very rare Solar Eclipse for us in the U.S. Midwest. We are celebrating with a huge party – so skip work and come on out to enjoy some great music and entertainment that includes the Chicago Chalk Champ, Shaun Hays! I’ll be working on live art throughout the day but Noon will be a great time to get pics of the art.

http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/events/solar-eclipse-08-21-17/

Chicago Chalk Champ, Shaun Hays will be at Adler Planetarium August 21, 2017 creating some amazing pavement masterpieces
Chicago Chalk Champ, Shaun Hays will be at Adler Planetarium August 21, 2017 creating some amazing pavement masterpieces
Chicago Chalk Champ - Shaun Hays on the Lakefront @ Navy Pier - Shedd Aquarium Promo for Earth Day 2017
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June 8th – World Oceans Day – Navy Pier and Shedd team up with Chicago Chalk Champ, Shaun Hays

Navy Pier and Shedd Aquarium Join Forces with Chicago Chalk Champ, Shaun Hays, to celebrate World Oceans Day (June 8th) with a pop-up style Chalk Art Fest in Polk Brothers Park. Patrons tried their hand at sidewalk chalk for free and added their art to the chalk board kiosk when they committed to #sheddthestraw in 2017!

Did you know that single-use plastic straws are a bigger ocean pollutant than disposable water bottles?? I had no idea. I think it is good to take care of our home, so I am pledging to #sheddthestraw, and on April 8th I continued my support of Shedd Aquarium’s efforts by chalking in Polk Brothers Park in front of Navy Pier, Chicago to help Shedd Aquarium spread the word.  (Edit: June 8th at Navy Pier – Again!!)

Thank you to all who came out to help us chalk up the Polk Brothers Park with sea life and love! Kathleen Roling joined #chicagochalkchamp, to render some magnificent animals affected by the plastics in our oceans. I had done this twice already this year: once here at Polk Brothers PArk and a second time between the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum on Earth Day. 

Visitors to each location participated in the chalk artwork and brought their own creativity to help us #sheddthestraw on #earthday (and now, #WorldOceansDay ) with some #chicagopublicart featuring the #chicagochalkchamp. “

A few pictures from our Pop-Up Chalk Festivals on the Lakefront:

Chicago Chalk Champ, Shaun Hays will be chalking amazing sea life pictures for Shedd Aquarium's Earth Day Promotions: April 8, 2017 at Navy Pier and April 22nd between Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium.
Chicago Chalk Champ, Shaun Hays will be chalking amazing sea life pictures for Shedd Aquarium’s Earth Day Promotions: April 8, 2017 at Navy Pier and April 22nd between Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium.
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Midwest School Assemblies with Universal Appeal

Im beginning to create a list of some great school and youth organization presenters I have personally seen and become aquainted with.

I will compile more but this is the guy who truly inspired me to begin promoting other people on my site here:

 

Cicoff – fascinating k-12 presentations – international entertainer – polished performer – all around good guy – Consistent

Juggling Artist
Superior Juggling in the vein of America’s Got Talent 2016 Finalist Viktor Kee who has been an inspiration to Cicoff.

Cicoff (Keek -OV) studied in Europe and US – Educated – Humorous – Thought Provoking – Budget Friendly ($800-$1500 per day) – great for multiple presentations – parent and family events too!

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Hey Chicago Area!

Shaun Hays - Motivational Speaker and Chicago Chalk Champ is actively looking for 6 schools (k-12) who are looking for a truly inspiring, experienced speaker to add an exciting, creative and artistic element to their students experience. Call today!
Shaun Hays – Motivational Speaker and Chicago Chalk Champ is actively looking for 26 schools (k-12) who are looking for a truly inspiring, experienced speaker to add an exciting, creative and artistic element to their students experience. Call today! Shauns calendar is booking up fast!

 

Shaun Hays, Chicago Chalk Champ, has a lifetime of experience with mentoring youth and over 15 years experience with successful, professional student assemblies Nation-wide! His amazing story and skills at chalk artwork has taken him around the globe.

Chicago area schools and Libraries can inquire about an additional 3D chalk demonstration for indoor facilities or public display outdoors.

ShaunHays chalk art + pirateship
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Looking for www.shaunhays.com ??

AAARGH!

Pirates swiped me website! Ah, no matter me matees… we acquired so much treasure we don’t need the domain… 🙂

Now you can find Shaunhays right here on:

http://www.chalkchamp.com

Note: the old emails… shaun@shaunhays.comcontact@shaunhays.cominfo@shaunhays.com etc… are unavailable along with the old http://www.shaunhays.com

 

UPDATE: I have now acquired the old web domain and will again be putting it to use. Stay tuned for more from http://www.chicagochalkchamp.com and http://www.shaunhays.com

 

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CHAMP STICKS – Artist Chalk

For buying CLICK HERE (coming soon)

Before becoming known as the “Champ” and a 3D Chalk Art Master, Shaun Hays was simply an artist with a desire to express his struggles and hopes through unique images made quickly and with great energy. Shaun did this for years in any creative medium he could get his hands on. Then Shaun found his particular love…Champsticks ™ Professional Grade Chalk! He soon found that this chalk was a super fast medium that allowed him to illustrate with the bold color of spray paint and the amazing speed of a sketch artist. He could mimic the bold graphic styles of street artistry as well as the great masters of impressionism etc. …and he could do it all in very reasonable time frames, which made it perfect for live events.

ABOUT 

Champsticks ™ Professional Grade Chalk is perfect for sidewalk advertising, art festivals, and works on a multitude of surfaces.

Shaun Hays – “For 15 years I have used chalk in a professional capacity for: performances of speed painting to large crowds, commissioned portraits, slick presentations, sidewalk advertising, chalk board artistry, wall art, hair dyeing and of course 3D Chalk Art Illusions around the US and around the world. I have used various chalks and soft/hardened pastels, oil based and liquid forms on nearly every surface imaginable…and a few you wouldn’t believe! I have used them in the frozen tundra to the desserts of the middle East/ North Africa – I have learned a few things.

Many years ago, I began gaining a reputation as the Chicago Chalk Champ while creating freehand 3D chalkart Illusions on Chicago’s premier Lakefront Properties and sites all over Northern Illinois. Soon, I was hired to create masterpieces at various locations worldwide. I needed chalk that could handle any surface or extreme situation and give me the boldest colors anywhere. I needed ONE CHALK for smooth blending, bold colors, superb layering and remarkable results on any surface:

It is with this experience behind me I am proud to introduce the world to Champsticks ™ Professional Grade Chalk!

Champ Sticks tm is Premium Street Art Chalk from the Chicago Chalk Champ
Champ Sticks tm is Premium Street Art Chalk from the Chicago Chalk Champ

   

   

  

  

 I will be updating this page with more product info, featured events and art pieces, Testimonials and special offers. Stay posted…more exciting news to come!

Shaun Hays - Chicago Chalk Champ - Chicago Festival - Melrose Park, IL - August 8, 2015
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FIRST ANNUAL CHICAGO CHALK CHAMP SPONSORED CHALK FEST and… YOU!!!

Pleased to announce: Winston Plaza and the Chicago Chalk Champ are teaming up August 8th for FREE PUBLIC CHALK ART FEST!!!

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Shaun Hays, Chicago Chalk Champ news
THIS EVENT IS THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 – this is a final notice!!!

Not only is admission free, but we have gone crazy and made it TOTALLY FREE to enter the contest!!!

Professional ARTISTS are wanted, as well as anyone 7 years and up who simply want to create LOTS of color!!!

$3,000+ in prizes!!

Everyone is welcome to witness up to 50 artists CHALK away at their MASTERPIECES… there will be music, family entertainment, shopping, food and so much more! DO NOT MISS OUT!!!

$3,000+ in prizes!!

Youth Categories:  Prizes will be awarded to the winners of EACH youth category: ages 7-11, ages 12-14, ages 15-18:   First Place: $200; Second Place: $150; Third Place: $100

 Adult Category (18+)  First Place $500  Second Place: $350  Third Place: $200

 People’s Choice Awards; selected by text vote of event attendees  $150 for each age category: ages 7-11; ages 12-14; ages 15-18; age 18+ adults

Best use of Merchant or Shopping Center logo in design;  One $150 prize for all age categories

COMPLETE YOUR FREE ENTRY FORM

AWARDS CEREMONY AT EVENT: First Place Winners receive a WINSTIN PLAZA / CHICAGO CHALK CHAMP trophy, media coverage opportunities, Certificate, plus prize(s) listed above!!

Shaun Hays – Chicago Chalk Champ – will be conducting a series of chalk art seminars ($600 value!!) that are free for any artists who sign up before the event. The seminars will be held on location in Winstin Plaza on two Wednesdays… July 29th and August 5th 2015 at 6-8pm. SPACE IS LIMITED TO 50 ARTISTS – FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!

COMPLETE YOUR FREE ENTRY FORM

Shaun Hays, Chicago Chalk Champ, will be on location creating a huge 3D masterpiece you will NOT want to miss as well as judging artists entries with a team and awarding prizes too!! 

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Shaun Hays, Chicago Chalk Champ demonstrates the illusion he created with chalk on a flat surface.
Shaun Hays stops for a picture mid way thru a work He says shows the amount of knowledge and study required to be great: “it certainly doesn’t all come from books, but listening and gaining from others experience will always lift you higher”, says Shaun

Shaun hays, Chicago Chalk Champ - Sharing Art and Love with the World!
Shaun hays, Chicago Chalk Champ – Sharing Art and Love with the World!

Chicago Chalk Champ Sponsored Event at Winston Plaza, Melrose Park, IL
Chicago Chalk Champ Sponsored Event at Winston Plaza, Melrose Park, IL

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Contact Information For the Chicago Chalk Champ, Shaun Hays

Shaun Hays Contact Information

1.312.233.2620

For text inquiries 1.630.659.8480

shauhaysATrocketmail.com – use @ for AT

 

We are no longer utilizing http://www.shaunhays.com – we will again be using this in the future, but have shifted everything to the following:

http://www.chicagochalkchamp.com

for everything Chicago and Midwest art and artist related events.

 

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