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Capital Arts Chalk Art Fair on tap Sunday

by Jordan Thornsberry | September 8, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
Rodger Francis entered the professional division of the 2019 Capital Chalk Art Fair not to win, but to make a statement. (News Tribune file photo)

Capital Arts is decorating the park with pastel chalk creations at this year's Chalk Art Fair.

The event will return this weekend from noon-4 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Park, with registration opening at 11 a.m.

Capital Arts already has about 30 more registrations for the event than it did last year, and it is hoping for at least 100 participants in total, ranging from elementary-aged children to those at the professional level.

At registration, artists will receive a bag containing the pastel chalk that is to be used in the sidewalk creations, as well as other handouts.

Participants will have from noon-4 p.m. to fill in at least a 3-by 5-foot square on the sidewalk surrounding the pavilion at Memorial Park.

The public is welcome to walk around and look at the chalk creations as they are being made.

"I helped out with (the event) last year before I was executive director, and I think what was the most exciting was just the amount of creativity and art we were able to get into one space," Capital Arts Executive Director Sarah Scheffer said.

A handful of vendors will be at the event with activities and food. There will be a balloon artist, a few fine artists, crafters, food trucks, live music, creations from Capital Arts on display and more. Chalk art T-shirts will also be for sale.

JC Rocks will be at Memorial Park at the same time, providing supplies to decorate rocks.

"People generally seem to have a really good time," Scheffer said. "Their families come out, they bring picnics and games, and then they just hang out while their friends and family make art."

There will also be some interactive art activity areas, such as a mural that people can work on together, a "messy art" area for participants to spray and throw paint at a large canvas and fun chalk designs drawn on the pavement for photo ops.

When the event ends at 4 p.m., photos will be taken of each chalk art entry for the judges to examine and decide winners based on different categories.

Online registration for the Chalk Art Fair will close Friday, but artists are welcome to register on the day of the event.

Capital Arts is still looking for some volunteers to help at the event, and those interested can email [email protected].

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