Artists to again use sidewalks as canvas in 2nd ‘Chalk Walk’

Christian Garver (left) and Joshua Matos work on a chalk drawing on the sidewalk outside the Huntington County Courthouse last year during Huntington’s first Chalk Walk. The event returns on Sept. 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Christian Garver (left) and Joshua Matos work on a chalk drawing on the sidewalk outside the Huntington County Courthouse last year during Huntington’s first Chalk Walk. The event returns on Sept. 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. TAB file photo.

The second annual Huntington Chalk Walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Huntington County Courthouse square from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Artists of all ages and ability levels will have the opportunity to adorn small or large sections of sidewalk with their finest chalk art. Chalk will be provided while supplies last. Participants will have from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to work on their art.

Small sections of sidewalk measure five feet by five feet, while large sections measure 10 feet by 10 feet. There is a fee to rent a section. Registrations will be accepted the day of the event and preregistrations are currently being accepted online at www.signup.com/client/in vitation2/secure/2235422/false#/invitation.

That website is also the place to sign up for volunteer opportunities at the event.

Proceeds from the Chalk Walk will go toward a scholarship for art students through the Huntington County Community Foundation.

Four categories will be judged at the event: best of show, mandala, street art and trompe l’oeil. Mandala art consists of a center point from which designs emanate; street art will be either graffiti-inspired or abstract; and trompe l’oeil art will have a three-dimensional component to it. After the judges hand in their verdicts, awards will be given.

In addition to chalk art, the event will feature a face-painting competition. Participants will need to bring their own supplies, tables, chairs and a model. All painting must be done on site. Participants can start working at 8 a.m. and must be finished by 2 p.m.

Winners will be announced around 4:30 p.m., with first, second and third-place prizes given.

The event’s attendees will also have an opportunity to express themselves artistically at a place organizer Pam Burris calls “Footprint Alley.”

“Everybody goes up and traces their footprints and you can decorate them, do whatever you want, and then below you’ll put your name and possibly where you’re from,” she says.

In addition to painting footprints, attendees will have a chance to paint rocks, as Huntington Rocks will be offering a rock-painting area.

While the event will highlight visual art, the artistry of musicians will be on display, too. Music groups Roustabout, The Erie Jazz Band and O’ Sister, Brother will all perform during the event, between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

As attendees take in the art, food will be on hand for them to enjoy. JB’s Cuisine Machine will be selling a variety of culinary offerings. Additionally, there will be a hot dog cart manned by the event’s volunteers.

There is no charge to attend the event. In case of inclement weather, it will be rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 22.

For more information, search for the Huntington Indiana Chalk Walk 2018 event and group on Facebook.

Burris is looking forward to the event and hopes people have as much fun attending it as she did planning it.

“I get a big high out of this,” she says. “Just walking around and people smile and my biggest thing is if someone just comes up and says, ‘Hey, I cannot wait for next year.’”