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'Mouse Trap,' by Tracy Lee Stum, measures 65-by-30 feet. It was created for the 2010 Sarasota Chalk Festival in Florida and took Stum and a crew three-and-a-half days to complete. - Michael Moore Photography

Art Along the Rogue, now in 3-D

Tracy Lee Stum won't say exactly what she'll be creating for the 9th annual Art Along the Rogue festival, but she says it's "big and interactive." The internationally known street painter will be the featured artist at the annual street painting and music event, held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, on H Street in downtown Grants Pass.

For the past 13 years, Stum, who hails from Ventura, Calif., has traveled to Europe, India, Japan, Mexico, China, Canada, the Caribbean and all over the United States doing various large-scale street paintings. She recently returned from Sochi, Russia, where she was commissioned to do a piece for the ground-breaking event of a large amusement park.

In 2006, Stum set a Guinness World Record for the largest chalk-art street painting done by an individual. The winning piece, which measured about 34-by-17 feet, was a copy of Leonardo Da Vinci's "Last Supper." Sony Pictures hired Stum to do the piece for a publicity event in New York pending the release of the movie, "The Da Vinci Code."

The theme of this year's Art Along the Rogue chalk-art event is "3-D." Artists are free to depict whatever they wish so long as it is rendered in 3-D.

Stum will be working with a local artist as well as New York's Rod Tryon and California's Sharyn Namnath to create a 3-D image measuring about 16-by-50 feet. (Stum's plot of pavement will be on the corner of Fifth and H streets.)

Lighting, color, shading and geometry all play into the success of the illusion, which is meant to be viewed from a fixed camera, Stum says.

"You have to learn how to trust the distortion and work abstractly," she says.

Besides Stum, nearly 40 regional and student artists will be assigned 8-by-8-foot plots of blacktop canvas where they can create their own chalk masterpieces. This year's local featured artist is Laila Dzene, a native of Latvia, who now lives in Merlin and attends Rogue Community College.

For $5, visitors may purchase pastels and a 2-foot square of pavement.

Live music, a tap walk and doggy art walk also are on the bill for the weekend.

Live music runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday and includes a versatile lineup, including klezmer music by the Bar Misfits, indie rock by the Apple Siders, rock and blues by Mercy, salsa dance music by Salsa Brava!, acoustic music by singer and songwriter Gene Burnett, surf-rock by The After Burners, jump jive by The Mixers and funk by Funktional Fusion. A schedule of performances is available at www.artalongtherogue.com.

At 11 a.m. Sunday, dog owners with an artistic flair will parade their done-up doggies through the festival. Last year's costumes ranged from a boxer dressed as an angel to a West Highland white terrier dressed in Scottish plaid. Prizes will be awarded for the most artistic costumes.

The annual tap walk, featuring Northwest microbrews, is sold out. It will be happening from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The festival is free. See www.artalongtherogue.com or call 541-476-5510.

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