Chalk artists to go patriotic in Murrieta

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Fred Faldmo of Wildomar painted a stunning Eagle for one of his Field of Honor chalk art paintings.

A sidewalk section in Murrieta’s Town Square Park will turn red, white and blue starting Saturday, Nov. 9, as artists arrive to produce a patriotic chalk art display as part of the 2019 Murrieta Field of Honor.

Visitors will be able to watch on Saturday and Sunday as the artists complete their intricate works, competing for the top prizes while showing their loyalty in the various patriotic scenes they are painting.

The Murrieta Field of Honor, now in its 11th year, is produced by the Rotary Club of Murrieta, in partnership with the City of Murrieta. The display of 2,000 plus flags adjacent to the city’s iconic Veterans Memorials and statuesque Obelisk will dominate the park from Saturday, Nov. 9 until Sunday, Nov. 16. Visitors may purchase a flag to dedicate to their hero and have it fly in the field throughout the week.

The chalk art will be on display through Saturday, Nov. 16.

Cecelia Linayao from San Diego treasures her first chalk painting at the Field of Honor, showing her father, a Navy veteran, along with a nephew who was serving in Afghanistan at the time.

Frank Faldmo, a Wildomar resident and owner of Falkmo Insurance Services, is a repeat participant and former winner of the chalk art display. He calls chalk art a medium of blending colors.

“I started with doing presidents, then eagles and flags,” Faldmo said. “My daughter talked me into doing it, and it was something we could do together.”

His personal favorites of those he has done for the Field of Honor show are one of an eagle and another one of a man saluting.

Another veteran of the chalk art show is Cecelia Linayao, a professional artist and art teacher from San Diego. Visitors to the Field of Honor will see Linayao in her big-brimmed hat decorated with a sunflower and paintbrush.

“The Patriots Chalk Walk is very special and personal to me,” Linayao said. “As an artist, it gives me a chance to express with art, my respect for my father and all family members who have served. It is also an opportunity to thank those who are still serving. Just as importantly, it teaches the next generation that our freedom is paid for by our veterans and current service members.”

The chalk art display will include about 25 artists this year, including several from local high schools. Prizes for the work will be announced at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10.

The Rotary Club of Murrieta was chartered on April 28, 1992. The club is involved in many international and community projects, in cooperation with Rotary International, which has as its theme “Service Above Self.” Club meetings are held Mondays (excepting holidays) at noon at Richie’s Diner, 40651 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, in Murrieta.

For information regarding the club or membership visit www.murrietarotaryclub.org.

Submitted by the Rotary Club of Murrieta