Daily Herald: Eagle Mountain Artist Chalks VW Bus at Chalk the Block

Hooray!! Sage Sagers and her amazing mural on the #ChalkBus made the news! Thank you Karissa Neely for doing such a lovely piece in The Daily Herald that so nicely captured the spirit of what she did.

Here’s the text of the original article which can be viewed here.

For many artists, the Chalk the Block event in Provo is less about the destination, and more about the journey.

“You’ve got to enjoy the process, the moment of creating, rather than the finished product. You can’t get attached to it. You get attached to the moment of creation,” said Sage Sagers, a featured artist at the event held in The Shops at Riverwoods.

Despite a short downpour Friday that sent rivers of color washing through the north parking lot, multiple artists created amazing chalk portraits, replicas of fine art and eye-popping cartoons across the asphalt during the three-day event.

Sagers, on the other hand, opted for a different surface. Sagers, 20, chalked a wraparound mural on her uncle Jonathan Sherman’s 1969 Volkswagen Bus. Sherman’s been coming to the Chalk the Block event for years with his chalkboard-painted VW Bus. In previous years, visitors and artists at the event doodled and drew across its panels.

“But I wanted to have someone cover the whole bus. And Sage, she’s always the one I wanted to do this,” Sherman said. “To see it fully wrapped around like this is a dream come true.”

Sagers did a cartoon mural last year on the bus, but for this year’s event, Sagers chose to depict different faces close-up around the panels. This year’s idea came while she was doodling on vacation. She decided to illustrate faces of people in the background of her vacation photos from Disneyland, the Grand Canyon, and others. Her mural was a swoop of colors, reminiscent of Van Gogh, but happier.

“I had to use psychedelic colors because it’s a hippie bus. It has to be tied in, you just can’t have it without those,” she said.

Like all artists’ work at the Chalk the Block event, Sagers mural will wash away over the next few months. But as she and many others will say, this art is meant to be temporary.

“You have to be willing to let it all go,” Sagers said.

Karissa Neely reports on Business and North County events, and can be reached at 801-344-2537 or kneely@heraldextra.com. Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely