We are republishing this post on the 2014 Dogwoods Arts Chalk Walk since the 2015 event will take place this Saturday, April 11. After you see these fabulous designs in chalk, we know you’ll want to be there on Market Square in Downtown Knoxville to see what the artists produce this year. One of our favorite events at dogwood time!!
It its sixth year at the Dogwood Arts Festival, Chalk Walk has again brought out artists young and old, amateur and professional to create ephemeral art from mere pieces of chalk. Although last year’s Chalk Walk was mostly washed away by heavy rains only an hour or so after completion, this year’s event left lasting impressions in Krutch Park and Market Square downtown. And the crowds loved it! Sidewalks were packed as viewers moved cautiously, elbow-to-elbow, careful not to disturb those carefully shaded areas of the designated, marked-off squares.
Chalk Walk is art. But it’s also an event. And this year’s combined the best: great weather, huge crowd, fabulous art!
Artists at Work
The artists were as much fun to watch as they moved in closely or stood up to get a better idea of how the work was flowing. Sometimes they talked to the crowd; sometimes they worked in silence. We found it fascinating to watch an artist and then return an hour later to check on the progress.
Artists sometimes worked together to share chalk — whether the rainbow shades came in neat boxes or in sacks of leftover pieces like children use on home driveways. Jerry’s Artarama donated some of the chalk, but we have a feeling that there could have been several runs to the store for more as artists wore the pieces down to nubs.
Some of the best entries in the competition came from students. Teams and soloists from area schools gave it their all in the hot sun — and made quite an impression with their creativity and detail.
Of course, any time you go to an event like this, you have some standouts. Here are the ones we remember most . . . just because we like them.
About the only thing I can remember drawing with chalk during my lifetime is a hop-scotch grid, so I’m thinking we just may have to join our granddaughter when she creates something special in our driveway this summer. After all, if you mess up a chalk drawing, so what? It’s not like we could compete with the artists on Market Square. They’re good.
Chalk Walk 2014 was sponsored by Avanti Savoia. Chairing this event were Kathy Slocum and Jim Dodson.
For more information, click here for the Dogwood Arts Festival Website. You can also check out the history of street art as well as the winners in this year’s competition.