Chalking Up Denver

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The annual chalk festival in Denver May 31- June 1 is a great place to view art and compete.

The annual chalk festival in Denver May 31- June 1 is a great place to view art and compete. The artists have the two days to work and spectators can walk around and watch the designs come to life! Two Hundred artists of all ages and ability levels have the opportunity to express their artistic side with pastel chalk on streets of Larimer Square. Some of the really talented artists mentioned that it was their first time trying chalk art. Cindy Vo mentioned “I had never touched chalk in my life!” Twenty areas were set up for school groups and other teens to participate in the Youth Challenge and the winners were given money for their school to purchase art supplies. Categories included Best of Show, Best 3-D, Most Whimsical, Best Reproduction of a Master’s Work and Best Use of Color. The artists used a grid technique to keep their designs in proportion and most of them had a photo or sketch to use as a reference. Young Kids also had the opportunity to create chalk art in the Kid’s Corner. Rio Zamora (age 10) said “This inspired me to do more chalk art and get a chalk set.” The chalk festival had many creative, unique designs such as the octopus with eyeballs for tentacles created by Cierra and Raelena Archuleta. Along with the talent from chalk artists were many talented musicians! The music provided a special touch to the artsy atmosphere. Whether you choose to compete or observe, it’s a memorable experience!