Family Entertainment, General, PUBLIC EVENTS

Naperville ART FAIRE 2019

Come experience the mind bending illusion based artwork of the Chicago Chalk Champ, Shaun Hays, this June 22 & 23. Shaun will be demonstrating his extemporaneous, freehand mastery of the 3D anamorphic drawings that have made him famous! Photos interacting with the illusion are a must for your summer to do list!

The Naperville Woman’s Club host the Naperville Fine Art Artisans’ Faire each year inside Naper Settlement with 130+ artist on display. This year, will mark the 60th year of this fest!!

Stroll through the vendors, see demonstrations and enjoy the beautiful historic landscapes… all while attending the longest running juried art show in Illinois!

Go to Naperville Woman’s Club website

General

Art to help Orphans

This original Art saved lives in Uganda.

This piece is 18″ x 24″. It features a moonlit seashore and a Nautilus shell.

One of my all time favorites inspired by another artist. Much love went into the creation and preservation of this piece.

It sold to a wonderful friend after I posted this:

#chalk and #pastel on #boguspaper a #rework of an #oldpiece from #2003 that #survived the #upheaval that has been #mylife these past 15 years. Gonna #auction it to help my #orphans in #uganda. (needed for basic food and shelter $700 immediately. This is monthly expense but truly need $1600 each month to do what is right for them and change their future… donations are not coming in. So, Art goes on Auction!)

Here I am presenting it to her:

Thank you Kaye for giving this special piece a wonderful home and for helping the cause!

The Ebenezer Orphanage is forever grateful for your contributions.

Chicago Events, Family Entertainment, General, Schools

Now Booking Events – 2018!

2017 was a superior year and 2018 promises to our best yet! 

Chicago Chalk Champ, Shaun Hays, is looking to add 52 clients to the docket in 2018 and you can be one of them!

Past clients include Starbucks, Chipotle, Redbull, Lollapolooza, Macy’s, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Navy Pier, and hundreds more! 

With 52 spaces this year and only a few of those spaces being actively pursued by Gold/Platinum Clients, we have a huge opportunity to expand into your market no matter your budget restrictions. 

Don’t assume anything! Give us a call today with your idea/event info – leave the creativity up to us! We also have several established, champion artists to book in lieu of Shaun if he is unavailable, some with the specific skills you need! 

Chicago Events, General

Starbucks Chinatown Chalk Art

I had the privilege of joining the Deputy Mayor Of Chicago, Chinatown Alderman, Starbucks Staff and Executives, the Jaslin Hotel and the wonderful community around West Cermak for the Grand Opening of the #starbuckschinatown yesterday. Here are some highlights:

Thank you to everyone who came out to make the day very special and especially to Andrew Wang for his conversation and help ensuring my artwork fit the Chinese traditions appropriately and Mark Lewis for making the whole event happen!

#starbuckschinatown #chicagochalkchamp Go ask for a special “CHAI CHAI CHAI”!!!

Big Announcements!, General, Keynotes and Seminars, Schools

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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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

Shaun Hays, Chicago Chalk Champ - unfinished piece - Fish in Space Concept on a canvas...
Chalk Champ Information, Family Entertainment, General, Thoughts From The Champ

Drawing Fish, sea life, shells, etc. and my dream to make a connection.

I collect shells and rocks…always have. My favorite is the Nautilus Shell which I have painted and drawn many times in my public and commissioned works.

Shaun Hays, Chicago Chalk Champ  - "Peace in the Midst of Chaos" this was an early practice piece that was given to a good friend. The original concept came from seeing another artists Painting in my travels, but, I have no idea where I saw it, so i cannot give credit. I think I rendered it close to the original.
Shaun Hays, Chicago Chalk Champ – “Peace in the Midst of Chaos” this was an early practice piece that was given to a good friend. The original concept came from seeing another artists Painting in my travels, but, I have no idea where I saw it, so i cannot give credit. I think I rendered it close to the original.

I’ve always enjoyed being physically by the water, and, close to earth…it just feels right to me. My fantasy life would be to live as a stingray. To live, either gliding through the water like I’m flying, or to cover myself in the sand and silt for a nice meditative nap (and of course wait for my next meal haha). Beyond that, I have always enjoyed looking at underwater sea life and its beauty, so in 2009 when i set out to become the premier chalk artist on the shore of Chicago’s gorgeous Lakefront, there was one place I intended to ultimately work with… you guessed it: the John G. Shedd Aquarium. And believe you me: it’s been quite a journey.

At first, I did the obvious – email and call to introduce myself and hopefully catch a lucky break. I guess I had hoped the idea of chalk art at Shedd would be enough for someone to just say: “WOW, Shaun! No one has ever thought of that before!! You’re hired!” hahaha well, obviously everyone thinks of these ideas and (surprise!) I’m not as industrious, and unique, as I thought. Next: I attended Shedd events and at times just wandered in and handed a card to someone, but, then, I got a bit more determined and began to ask questions about who books events at Shedd and what kind of events are held there. In 2013, after some trial and error, I had a face to face with a wonderful lady who promised to keep my card and consider me for future events. The fact is, I wasn’t too confident leaving there that day, that she would. I kept hope, but i know even if intentions are good, it sometimes just gets lost in the busyness. After all, everyone wants their idea to be the one that makes the cut… and in a city this big, it’s tough to get your shot.

Meanwhile I’ve had several pieces featured at the Museum Of Science and Industry, Navy Pier, John Hancock Place, North Beach, Parades and Races, Lollapalooza (unofficially – long story) up and down Michigan Ave and State Street, Millennium and Grant Park, Major Hotels etc… and become somewhat of a regular at McCormick Place Events and Expos. That’s not to mention the hundreds and hundreds of events all over Chicagoland, the US and International events.

But, Alas, no invitation to my beloved Shedd Aquarium. I began to feel like the creepy guy with a secret crush and too many awkward attempts at conversation.

I don’t know if that meeting and my card was the catalyst or not, but something has finally broken the ice.

In early 2017, the day came that John G. Shedd was actually looking for a chalk artist! YAYA! I wasn’t going to let this one slip by. I told them in no uncertain terms “I want this job”. I repeated that in my emails (which there have been too many to count).

I hope to make an announcement very soon regarding this. Until then, enjoy this picture(s) of (a) Jellyfish I took while at Shedd a couple years back, which I will soon render in chalk for one randomly selected, super lucky fan who likes and comments on any page this is shared on. Who knows… I may choose more than one??? Lets make 2017 amazing!

I will post the finished chalk art as an update to this post

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