Sidewalk Magic: Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk 2015

Artist working at Chalk Walk 2015

Jessie Langley works on her entry for Chalk Walk 2015. Winner: Second Place, College Single Artist.

Because so many people look forward to the Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk each year, we’re republishing this post featuring some of the amazing art from Chalk Walk 2015.  The 2017 event will be held at Market Square Knoxville on Saturday, April 1 — all day!

For the seventh year in a row, artists (professional, novice, and student) turned ordinary sidewalks in Knoxville’s Market Square into magical canvases for Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk 2015.  Arriving mid-morning gets you a view of artists at work.  So you may need another visit after lunch to see finished art. Here’s a little of both.

We began by talking with Michael Gunnels sketching this sassy, bug-eyed cat.

And then watched Curtis Glover capture the Knoxville skyline and Tennessee logo in chalk.

Knoxville collage by Curtis Glover

Knoxville collage by Curtis Glover

Some artists campaigned for votes. Like Blythe Lundberg.  And why not? Cute snail on a quilt-pattern background — all finished by lunchtime.  No small feat, we thought.

Snail design with blue background by Blythe Lundgren. Vote for #16!

Snail design with blue background by Blythe Lundgren. Vote for #16!

It didn’t escape us that young, young people were hunched over these drawings, too.  Like the team from Sequoyah Elementary slamming colorful gumballs into their orange machine. And their reward?  First Place in Elementary division.

This sweet entry done by kids from the Montessori School had something extra: origami birds laid on top.

Montessori School entry -- Chalk Walk 2015

Montessori School entry — Chalk Walk 2015

When we finally looked up, we saw folks on the square in the middle of a party of sorts.  So much going on — musicians, magicians, and kids sketching chalk drawings in their own area reserved for kid spontaneity.

Even furry friends got into the action.  Like this dog belonging to a hard-working artist who kept shushing the dog away from the art only to find the pet smack dab in the middle of the chalk — again.

But I like it here!

But I like it here!

Winners

Best of Show

Drawing the most attention, and for good reason, was Shane Sandberg‘s astronaut. Winning Best of Show for detail and a sense of humor (Space guy’s holding a drink called a Shaneberg), Sandberg’s drawing took chalk art to a new level.  Literally.

Working from a picture, Shane Sandberg adds exquisite detail to his astronaut chalk drawing.

Working from a picture, Shane Sandberg adds exquisite detail to his astronaut chalk drawing.

Astronaut holding a Shaneberg by Shane Sandberg. (Instagram: @theshaneberg)

Astronaut holding a Shaneberg by Shane Sandberg. (Instagram: @theshaneberg)

People’s Choice Award

Who doesn’t like Anna and Elsa?  It took hard work all day by Deirdre Pokrzywa and Sarah Bellah to bring these young ladies — and Olaf — to life in chalk

People's Choice Award from the movie Frozen by Deirdre Pokrzywa and Sarah Bellah

People’s Choice Award from the movie Frozen by Deirdre Pokrzywa and Sarah Bellah

Other Favorites

On the Market Square stage, Jessie Steinberg (2014 Best of Show winner) wowed us with detail: a very friendly dog in a garden setting.  (Winner 2015:  First Place, Adult Division)

Nearby, the girls we featured in a previous post (Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat) were busy free handing a drawing of a girl in a koi pond.  (At least that’s what it looked like to us.) The dreamy effect and the matching koi patterns weren’t lost on us: these two UT Elementary Education majors said they were enjoying the design work as much as the hard work.  (Winner: Second Place, College Collaborative)

After our lunch, we stumbled (literally, since there were so many people in close quarters) upon other notables that struck our fancy.

Old truck by Cody Swaggerty. Winner: Second Place, Adult Single Artist

Old truck by Cody Swaggerty. Winner: Second Place, Adult Single Artist

Diver by the McQuilkin Family. Winner: Second Place, Family Division.

Diver by the McQuilkin Family. Winner: Second Place, Family Division.

Striped figure by Elena Lawson. Winner: First Place, Middle School Single Artist

Striped figure by Elena Lawson. Winner: First Place, Middle School Single Artist

Barry Gibb by Erin Pelicano

Barry Gibb by Erin Pelicano

Lauryn Darby's entry. Winner: First Place, College Single Artist

Lauryn Darby’s entry. Winner: First Place, College Single Artist

Our vote for best detail: Chalk Walk 2015.

Our vote for best detail is this portrait by Sarah and Abigail Gibson.

Great work, don’t you think?  We’re still wondering how artists 1) decide what to draw, 2) select colors and chalks, and 3) stay in the bent-over position for hours.

Mark this on your calendar for 2016.  It’s just one of many artsy events of the Dogwood Arts Festival. See you in Knoxville next year?

Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk 2015

List of winners:  http://www.dogwoodarts.com/chalk-walk/

Sponsors:

Avanti Savoia: http://www.avantisavoia.com/

Jerry’s Artarama: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/

For more information:

“Chalk it up as a great weekend.” The Blue Streak.  http://bluestreak.moxleycarmichael.com/2015/04/16/chalk-it-up-as-a-great-weekend/

 

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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20 Responses to Sidewalk Magic: Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk 2015

  1. This is amazing. Wish we´d have something similar here, in our city too… Thank you for sharing!
    Luiza

    • And thank you for taking a look. We love this event every April. Just when we thought we’d seen it all, artists of all ages surprise us with new creations. It’s a magical day — and elusive. One big rain can take it all away in a moment!

      • It´s the ephemeral mark that makes it so magical, exactly! I definitely love this venturous potential, plus the energy of pushing the imaginative power. Great one!

  2. GP Cox says:

    The astronaut and friendly dog are remarkable!!

  3. Liked this as much the second time around as I did the first time, Rusha. Thanks. –Curt

    • You’re so right. We’ve posted it a couple of times. But it’s kinda like Burning Man. I love looking at old events. I’m not so good at remembering anyway, so the refresher does me good! Hope all is well in Oregon this time of year!

      • I am looking forward to having some new Burning Man photos this year! (grin) Spring has arrived here with a vengeance, Rusha. Sooting stars are blooming in an abundance I have never seen, the tom turkeys are strutting around with feathers in full display, and a flicker is drumming on our roof vents everyday in hopes of attracting a lady love. 🙂 –Curt

  4. My favorites: The dog with the frisbee and the old truck. –Curt

    • We think alike but not surprised. These are crowd faves, too. That old truck had a great deal of shading and variation in color — a real standout. Thanks for looking and commenting. Much appreciated.

  5. This post needs a ‘really like’ button. 🙂

  6. LuAnn says:

    We have encountered these Chalk Walks in a few places where we have traveled. Such creativity and color!

  7. Sue says:

    Most colourful!

  8. Amy says:

    Amazing chalk arts! Magical, indeed. Thank you for this series, Rusha! 🙂

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