Art Of The Heel

Sixth Annual Great Jamestown Chalk Walk Scheduled

Jamestown Now will present its sixth annual Great Jamestown Chalk Walk, in conjunction with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and Michaels craft store in Lakewood, on Saturday, Sept. 9, along the Third Street corridor in downtown Jamestown from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Submitted photo

Michael Dykeman and members of Jamestown Now are crossing their fingers for good weather on Saturday, Sept. 9.

That’s when the local volunteer organization aimed at providing uplifting outdoor programming for the Jamestown community will present its sixth annual Great Jamestown Chalk Walk downtown, along the Third Street corridor, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Unfortunately, the weather in recent years has been less than cooperative for the annual artist’s initiative, which is intended to coincide with Infinity Visual and Performing Arts’ annual Local Music Showcase. As such, at least the past three Chalk Walks have been postponed due to rain, and held at a later date.

“The Chalk Walk has proved to be very successful with the community, and anyone can participate,” said Michael Dykeman, Chalk Walk coordinator and Jamestown Now committee member. “It tends to draw a lot of people downtown, and a lot of times you’ll see a lot of people coming down to see the drawings. And that’s our goal: to get people out and walking around town to explore and discover their surroundings.

“The weather, of course, is always a concern as practically every year we’ve been rained out and had to push it back to Sunday. One year we had to postpone it an entire week because it rained all weekend. But we’re hoping for the best this year because it would be great to have an entire day’s worth of activities from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (when the Local Music Showcase wraps up).”

Dykeman said the Chalk Walk usually sees between 40 and 50 individual artists participate, and said nearly 20 have signed up already. There are first- and second-place prizes totaling $1,500 in three separate categories: best famous masterpiece, most creative design and best tribute to Jamestown.

A new “fan favorite” category will be introduced this year, whereby the public will vote on their favorites and the top two artists will receive gift certificates from area restaurants. Additionally, there will be three children’s categories that will be divided by the age ranges of 5-7, 8-12 and 13-16. First- and second-place prizes of Michaels craft store gift bags will be awarded in these categories.

Pastel-colored chalk will be provided to participants courtesy of Michaels, which is also a sponsor of the event; however, participants may bring their own chalk. Dykeman stipulated that the only condition is that participants may not use paint or any other permanent substance in the creation of their art.

Participants must have their work completed by 6 p.m., as judging will begin at about 4 p.m. and the event will conclude with a 6:30 p.m. awards ceremony at the Winter Garden Plaza. Judging will be administered by the three-person judge panel of Andrea Magnuson, William Waite and Greg Rabb, who will have the final say over the winners in each category.

Registration for artists is $10 and is due on the day of the event. Participants can also register on the day of the event. To register in advance, find the event on Facebook and fill out the posted PDF form, or message Jamestown Now on Facebook with the required information.

The annual Great Jamestown Chalk Walk is osted by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and sponsored by Jamestown Now and Michael’s. Members of Jamestown Now include Ali Barry, Heather Felton, Matthew Kindberg, Heather Conroe, Luke Fodor, Stefan Duga, Vanessa Weinert and Brooke Lawson.