Sculpture artist James Phillips is shown with one of his creations.

Tree sculptor to demonstrate art at Chalk Walk May 12

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Sculpture artist James Phillips will be in Friendswood demonstrating how he carves images out of wood. He will join the Chalk Walk Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with his demonstrations.

Phillips is known in the Galveston area for his tree sculptures. His work has been on display in juried art shows and can be seen at The Rene Wiley Gallery in the Strand area in Galveston.

His Galveston tree sculptures started from trees that were removed after Hurricane Ike. He was commissioned to create a public sculpture for City Hall and private orders followed.

His tree sculptures are scattered throughout Texas including Galveston, Houston, El Lago, Missouri City, Calvert, Santa Fe, Richmond, Fulshear, Baytown, College Station, Greenville, Arlington, Humble, Montgomery, Simonton, Tuleta, and Killeen, Beeville, Spring, Nelsonville, Hallettsville, Lake Jackson, and Weimar.

The fourth annual Chalk Walk will be on the sidewalks at Captain Corner’s Shopping Center in Friendswood.

The event involves student and adult artists who create sidewalk masterpieces sponsored by friends, family and local businesses. The sponsor purchases 3 ft. by 3 ft. squares for $100 on the sidewalks at the local shopping spot. The artists use pastels. Those attending can walk the sidewalks and watch the artists at work, watch Phillips’ demonstrations and enjoy food trucks such as Nacho Nachos and 3rd Coast Grillers.

Captain’s Corner Shopping Center is located at the intersection of FM 518 and FM 2351. Over 80 artists were matched with sponsored squares at last year’s event.

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