As much as we love to color on Jess’s chalkboard wall, we Wisconsinites have to take advantage of our snow-less months with some outdoor artwork as well! Luckily for us, late last week, downtown Appleton opened its sidewalks to all artists – professional & amateur, young & old – in a sponsored event called “Chalk About Town.” Any willing artist could register to participate in the Chalk Art Masterpiece Contest and a special non-voting area was designated for LittleOnes to practice for their future contest debuts.
Chim Chim Cheree! Aside from my childhood (and ongoing) admiration for Mary Poppins and the infamous ‘leaping into the sidewalk’ scene, our admiration for pavement art began in 2010 while we were spending some time in San Francisco. As a part of the annual North Beach Festival (also known as San Francisco’s “Little Italy”), the festival features intricate 3D sidewalk art displays modeled after Italian Street Painters, or “Arte di Gesso.” Needlesstosay, we were thrilled to hear of a similar such offering in our local area! Albeit smaller-scale, Chalk on the Town did not disappoint and the children’s art area kept the participants in the mood by playing tunes from the Broadway version of Mary Poppins – score!
First we had some fun of our own before exploring the artwork of the talented participants!
Though the finished products are amazing, half of the fun is watching the artists create!
We are looking forward to next year’s event and hoping even more artists hit the pavement!
For more pavement art love, check out my Pinterest board which includes some phenomenal ideas from out there on the World Wide Web, including a tutorial on how to make your own homemade sidewalk chalk! I haven’t yet attempted this myself, but it looks like an adventure from start to finish!