Chalk-a-Lot: Coming to a sidewalk in THDrawing on the sidewalk with chalk isn’t just for children, it’s an art form that can be enjoyed by people of all ages! Taking place at the Thomas Owens Park in Two Harbors, Chalk.a.Lot, a sidewalk chalk festival, includes skilled artists as well as beginners.
By: Claire Hoffert, Lake County News Chronicle
Drawing on the sidewalk with chalk isn’t just for children, it’s an art form that can be enjoyed by people of all ages! Taking place at the Thomas Owens Park in Two Harbors, Chalk.a.Lot, a sidewalk chalk festival, includes skilled artists as well as beginners.
“This is a weekend to experience art as a process rather than a product,” Michelle Ronning, the Chalk.a.Lot coordinator said. “It’s for artists of all ages and abilities.”
According to Ronning, drawing with chalk dates back to the Renaissance period. Artists including Leonardo da Vinci, who developed the use of red chalks, Raphael, and Michelangelo Buonarroti used chalk in their many drawings.
Expecting more people than last year, Ronning said: “They didn’t have an understanding of what it was and now more people are comfortable doing it.”
In registering for Chalk.a.Lot, participants receive their own 5x6 foot sidewalk space, chalk supplies, clinics to learn tips and techniques, and an artist reception. A free chalk area, Somebodies in the Street, is available for anyone.
Registration, at a cost of $15, begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday for those who have not pre-registered. Food, live music, and other art activities, such as face painting and temporary tattoos, will be in the park and on the stage.
Chalk art is only temporary, but can remain longer with a little extra care.
“It’s okay to walk on the art, however walking around it will make it last longer for others to enjoy,” Ronning said.
Especially grateful to the Shopko Foundation, donating $250 to the event, Ronning would like to thank all sponsors. She also appreciates the City of Two Harbors for closing the street, which allows for safer viewing of the art. The event is open to all and offers a range of opportunities for local folks and visitors.
“This is a noncompetitive way to enjoy art,” Ronning said, “It provides another reason to come and enjoy Two Harbors.”
For questions or more information, email email@example.com, or call 218-590-4532. Chalk.a.Lot can also be found on Facebook.