College Avenue is known for its art galleries, though there’s only one Friday each year when Downtown Appleton becomes a gallery unto itself.
Appleton Downtown Inc. held its annual Chalk Walk competition. Artists spent the afternoon adding vibrant colors and detailed imagery to the College Avenue sidewalks.
“We’re having a great time out here,” said Carrie Korb, an artist and instructor at Pinot’s Pallette.
Their team chalked a series of pieces inspired by their paintings and carrying an ever pertinent message of health and safety.
Concrete is a different ballgame than canvas.
The texture creates difficulty. The Pinot’s team found that wetting down the chalk after applying made it easier to work with. It also helps to have artist’s chalk as opposed to the big, inexpensive tubs found in the pharmacy toy aisles, Korb said.
Make no mistake, the competition brought out some true artistry.
The event featured a “Just for Fun” category, which allowed amateurs to show their creative sides. The category will feature first- and second-place People’s Choice Awards of $50. The public is invited to vote for their favorites on Appleton Downtown’s Facebook page on July 20-26.
Artists who registered for the “In It to Win It” category competed for a $500 cash grand prize. The top prize along with second and third place prizes of $250 and $100 will be decided by a panel of judges. A public Facebook vote will choose a $75 people’s choice award.
Make a point to take a walk and see the work before the next rainfall.
For Korb, there’s no disappointment in knowing the works will soon wash away. It was a day in the sunshine. It was a day among people and enjoying conversation — two things most of us have missed dearly over the last several months.
“It’s all about having fun,” she said.