Artists wanted for Chalk It Up On Main event

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Kathy An­der­son

Lo­cal Ched­dar and Serve Daily are pleased to an­nounce the third an­nual Chalk It Up On Main event, which will be held around the li­brary in Span­ish Fork. Chalk It Up On Main is a two-day side­walk chalk event where more than 100 artists will spend hours creat­ing beau­ti­ful art­work.

This year’s event will take place on June 2 and 3 and will in­clude lo­cal ven­dor booths, food trucks and a fun kids car­ni­val.

Artists of all ages and skill lev­els are in­vited to join in the fun and cre­ate art­work on the side­walks around the li­brary for the thou­sands of spec­ta­tors an­tic­i­pated to at­tend. In the past, there have been artists rang­ing from as young as 8 years old to sea­soned chalk art vet­er­ans.

There will be tro­phies that the artists can win in­clud­ing Artist’s Choice, Peo­ple’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice, Best Young Artist, Best High School Artist and spon­sor awards.

Regis­tra­tion for chalk artists is reg­u­larly $40 per per­son, but artists get a $10 dis­count if they sign up be­fore May 18. Regis­tra­tion in­cludes a fes­ti­val T-shirt, lunch from a lo­cal food truck, a goodie bag and a pack of artist’s chalk. Artists can sign up as in­di­vid­u­als or as a team of up to four peo­ple. Draw­ing will start on Fri­day, June 2, at 3 p.m. and con­tinue un­til Satur­day, June 3, at 4:30 p.m. with an awards cer­e­mony at 5 p.m. Those in­ter­ested can reg­is­ter at www.Lo­calChed­dar.com.

The theme for chalk artists this year is “Your fa­vorite place in Utah!” Draw­ings can be an im­age of your back yard, one of Utah’s ma­jes­tic na­tional parks, your fa­vorite fish­ing hole or even your fa­vorite lo­cal busi­ness to fre­quent as long as it is some­where lo­cated in Utah.

Lo­cal Ched­dar and Serve Daily look for­ward to see­ing many south Utah County res­i­dents, fam­ily and friends at the up­com­ing Chalk It Up On Main event in Span­ish Fork. For ad­di­tional ques­tions, con­tact Kathy An­der­son of Lo­cal Ched­dar by phone at 801-609-8231, on­line at Lo­calChed­dar.com or by email at Lo­calChed­dar@gmail.com, or con­tact Chris Baird of Serve Daily by phone at 801- 477-6845, on­line at ServeDaily.com, or by email at Chris@ServeDaily.com.

In prepa­ra­tion for the event, here is a begin­ner’s guide to chalk­ing a mas­ter­piece:

• Have a small printed im­age of your art­work to ref­er­ence.

• Mask off the bor­der of your chalk block to cre­ate a sharp edges when you are fin­ished.

• Grid off your chalk block with string or chalk lines that match the di­men­sions on your printed sam­ple draw­ing.

• Start from the top of your chalk block and be­gin fill­ing the im­age with the col­ored chalk.

• Lay a foun­da­tion of color us­ing your fin­gers in small ar­eas and a chalk­board eraser for larger ar­eas.

• Wear rub­ber gloves to pro­tect your skin.

• Fill in the de­tails of the im­age us­ing var­i­ous shades of col­ored chalk. Con­tinue to blend colors to gain the right ef­fect. Leave some chalk color un­blended on the sur­face of the con­crete to bring out colors, high­lights and de­tails.

• Work your way down the area of your chalk block.

• Re­move the mask­ing tape to re­veal clean, crisp out­lines.

• Do not blow or fan ex­cess chalk into the air. It will dull your colors, and chalk dust is not good to breathe.

• To get in­tense color, ap­ply the chalk more than once. The first time fills in cracks and crevices; bear down hard. The sec­ond time is to let the chalk pow­der rest on the top of the bumps. Then don’t touch it any­more.

• Sign your work when fin­ished.

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