Chalk artist Erika Thurkins turned to the work of J.C. Leyendecker to create own piece for the Perry Chalking Event on Saturday.
Leyendecker was one of the preeminent American illustrators of the early 20th century. He is best known for creating The Arrow Collar Man, and 322 covers for The Saturday Evening Post – or one more than Norman Rockwell.
The festival’s theme was “The Twenties,” and it was one that Thurkins, the festival’s featured artist, embraced.
“I could not resist the urge to reproduce something out of the marvelous and rich culture of the Art Deco movement, and something by artist J.C. Leyendecker was definitely in the forefront of my mind,” she said in an email interview days before the festival.
A piece by Leyendecker “was definitely in the forefront of my mind,” said Thurkins, who due to festival cancellations due to coronavirus concerns has “found the direction of my art coming from much more personal…