The idea for the project took root when Sack was dining at Beasley’s and noticed that a large portion of the restaurant’s wall menu, written in chalk, was empty. To Sack, an artist who specializes in mixed media painting, the wall was a blank canvas begging to be embellished. Sack reached out to Beasley’s owner, Ashley Christensen to explore her vision for the empty space.
Christensen was intent on seeing bees, a beehive and a smoker on the wall next to the menu. Sack took Christensen ideas, produced a few sketches and brought the drawings to life on a chalkboard-painted wall in his home. Then, on August 15th, he waited until Beasley’s had closed for the night and spent two hours replicating his work on Beasley’s walls to create his first public chalk drawing.
The chalk drawing is now a permanent fixture in the restaurant, enticing customers to try Beasley’s specialty, chicken and waffles with honey. “Customers have commented that they like the drawing and have asked about the artist,” says Jeff Given, a shift leader at the restaurant. “It has really filled a spot that didn’t have anything. It gives character and it gives people something to talk about.”
The chalk drawings will remain as part of Beasley’s menu and can be viewed during the restaurant’s normal business hours. Artist Pete Sack looks forward to more opportunities to create public chalk drawings and can be contacted via his agent at CapitalHCreative.net.
To learn more about Pete Sack, visit his website www.petesack.com.
Pete Sack is a painter based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has received numerous invitations for collaborative participation with community organizations including the North Carolina Symphony and the Raleigh City Museum. Sack’s work can be found in his studio at Litmus Gallery in downtown Raleigh.