Re-birth Day: Knoxville’s Chalk Walk 2022

Sonia Summers' Girl Blowing Bubbles: Chalk Walk 2022

Making a strong comeback on the Knoxville Dogwood Arts scene, Chalk Walk 2022 brought crowds back downtown after a two-year hiatus (Covid, of course!).

Crowds gathering in downtown Knoxville: Chalk Walk 2022

And since John of Journeys with Johnbo created this week’s topic Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #193: They Say It’s Your Birthday, we just figured the rebirth of Chalk Walk was as celebratory as a birthday gets!

So, take a look at some of the sidewalk art turning heads in downtown Knoxville this past Saturday, April 2nd.

Starry sky over Knoxville: Chalk Walk 2022
It was a special day in Knoxville — not a starry, starry night — at Chalk Walk 2022!

With delightful weather, patrons of Knoxville’s Dogwood Arts had no excuses: they returned in droves to the downtown area to see artwork on Market Square, down a few side streets meandering around Krutch Park, and around the East Tennessee History Museum.

Entry from L & N STEM School: Chalk Walk 2022
A mind blown — or so it seems — by students at the L & N STEM School

Adults mostly looked and commented, pointing out the art they loved. But children didn’t hesitate to grab hold of the free chalk furnished by the city and then went to town (literally), creating a patchwork of art anywhere they were allowed.

We loved the shoe/foot/dogwood by our friend Kenny Clayton . . .

Kenny Clayton's Dogwood Foot: Chalk Walk 2022
Dogwood Arts from head to toe!

and the colorful art of Desiderio Manresa Bodipo.

Lady among flowers by Desiderio Manresa Bodipo: Chalk Walk 2022

Elementary school kids from Glenwood Elementary amazed us with their little pictures . . .

Entry from Glenwood Elementary: Chalk Walk 2022
Artwork by students of Glenwood Elementary School.

while other artists created colorful, creative vignettes — all in a morning’s work.

Summer Small's Woman among the Dogwoods: Chalk Walk 2022
A woman among the dogwoods by Summer Small

Two art teachers from Gibbs High and Halls High posed with their lady of the sea while those on a mission to save eagles gathered their whole team to stand by their work.

Although it was difficult to select a favorite since all were excellent in their own way, we marveled at the girl blowing bubbles by artist Sonia Summer shown at the top of this post . . .

and this detailed drawing by Ryne Sandberg, a previous Chalk Walk winner. (Yes, he was wearing those clothes while he painted — a true self-portrait!)

Ryne Sandberg's Self-Portrait: Knoxville's Chalk Walk 2022
Our personal favorite: a self-portrait by Ryne Sandberg

All in all, it was a fun day walking around, looking downward, and wishing we had some of this talent. (We also wished we could still get down on our hands and knees, draw anything, and get back up!)

Hope for Growth: Chalk Walk 2022

A glorious Re-birth Day for Knoxville: the Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk 2022!

Travel to artsy places,

Rusha & Bert

25 thoughts on “Re-birth Day: Knoxville’s Chalk Walk 2022

  1. Tina Schell

    LOL for get down and get back up Rusha!!! The art is amazing, especially considering it was done with chalk. And I love that they have chalk for the kids. What a fun idea.

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