The inaugural Chalk It Up chalk-art festival as part of American Fork's Steel Days was held on Thursday in the parking lot across the street from the Harrington Center for the Arts.
Artists began chalking at 9 a.m. Thursday and had from then until 9 p.m. that night as well as from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and until judging at 11 a.m. Saturday – after the parade – to complete their chalk artwork.
“We have about 30 artists participating, and some of those are in teams,” said Spencer Stevens, festival director of Chalk It Up and vice president of the Harrington Center for the Arts.
Artists are provided a 48-piece chalk palette, baby wipes, gloves and unlimited drinks, and were recommend to bring their own canopies and knee pads for comfort, and other art tools, such as erasers to blend their chalks. The medium is restricted to chalk, in any form. The chalk-art festival features amateur and professional categories, with peoples’ choice, best in show and other awards up for grabs in both divisions. A grant from the American Fork PARC program helped make the event happen. The Harrington Center for the Arts held beginner and amateur classes Wednesday night. The pavement east of the art center is available for “budding” artists who want to experiment with chalk to help create a community mural. Chalk is provided.
- By Isaac Hale, Daily Herald