How to become an artist at Pastels in the Park

  • Artists must 16 years of age or older with a demonstrated body of work

  • Must confirm with artist coordinator prior to July 1st, 2019 (Space is limited)

  • Please take confirmations seriously, if you don't show, you could be taking away someone else's opportunity to create


Adrianna Harris 

2019 Pastels in the Park Coordinator

(707) 954-7771

What to Expect:

This event starts at 8:00AM before the parade at 10:00AM. When the parade finishes there will be hundreds of people circling the event while you’re working. Many like to talk about your piece, guess what it is, visit, and “vote” for your piece in the nonexistent contest. Most artists educate the crowd regarding the gateway education camp and the sponsors who help make this event possible. Your piece will be near sponsor signs but will not be connected to a specific business/sponsor.

Helpful (Optional) Items to Bring for Yourself:




Blankets (squares are backed up to grass)

Kneepads or gardening knee pad or some sit on a stool over their piece

Baby wipes for your hands

Gloves with leather fingertips (blending)

Paintbrushes (blending)

Yardstick (If your piece has straight lines)

Something to fan loose pastel from your piece

When: July 4th 8AM-4PM

Where: Beachfront Park

Near the gazebo there is a concrete slab where you will find the pastel squares and the gateway education crew set up awaiting your arrival.

1. Check in with volunteers and let them know what number is on the corner of your chosen square.



2. Gateway education provides pastels and basic artistic supplies that are shared amongst the artists such as; broom, sugar water, and paintbrushes.


3. When you are finished with your piece, you will let a volunteer know, and they will then take a picture of it while its fresh. Then please return your supplies and pastels to their colored containers or the remnants container.

  • Pastels are not a chalk or crayola, they are pure color pigment and why the pieces are so bright.

  • It costs $400 a year to provide enough pastels for up to thirty artists.

  • Over a 100 patrons have participated in Pastels in the Park,

  • Over 400 campers have benefited from scholarships generated by Pastels in the Park.

  • Gateway Education's summer camp programs depend 100% on Pastels Funding & camperships.

  • 6 - 8 volunteers are required to make Pastels happen each year.

  • One Pastel painting is matched by one patron's $150 donation, and one artist's commitment.

  • Pastels never has been and never will be a competition.

  • Pastels has been in the newspaper six times in eleven years.

  • It is the only event at the 4th of July that is completely different in appearance each year.

  • It is the only event of its kind in Del Norte County.

  • Some of the artists plan a year in advance for this event.

  • It is the only all day, work-in-progress event in Crescent City's 4th of July repertoire, with visitors returning frequently during the course of the day to view the works.

  • Some visitors come or return to Crescent City's 4th of July specifically for Pastels in the Park.

Gateway Education - 900 Northcrest Drive #105, Crescent City, CA 95531