Evart residents chalk the town

EVART — From American flags to colorful messages, the sidewalks of Main Street in Evart were filled with color Tuesday as children and adults came together to create unique, temporary masterpieces at the Evart Chalk Festival.

A project of the shop local committee of the Downtown Development Authority, the goal of the event was to bring people to Evart’s downtown for fun and creativity.

Movies N’ More, a movie rental and art supply store in downtown Evart, donated nearly 600 pieces of chalk for the event. Chalk was divided among various “Chalk Cache” stations where artists could select their favorite colors of chalk to create each masterpiece.

“It’s been interesting to see some of the (art),” said Movies N’ More owner Misty Barnette. “We’ve seen a lot of beautiful colors.”

Brendan Brasington, 10, drew three clouds and hot air balloon, while Evart Mayor Eric Schmidt drew Pac-man. Accross the steet, Arthur Aube, 9, chalked a block of cement with music notes and flowers.

“I like roses,” Arthur said, while putting the finishing touches on a pair of blue and green roses.

Along with offering the sidewalks as blank slate for artists, DDA staff facilitated sidewalk games such as hopscotch, snail’s pace, tic-tac-toe and sidewalk baseball. Raffles were held every 30 minutes and children received balloons and cotton candy from local businesses.

“Any business we’ve been (near), we’ve stopped and talked to them,” said Lisa Ryan, as her son, Tanner, 11, drew an American flag. “They really made it fun for the kids.”

The event originally was scheduled for Monday, but was rescheduled due to rain. More than 100 people showed up at the event Tuesday. DDA Director Al Weinberg was pleased with the turnout.

“There are lots of kids and lots of parents out here,” Weinberg said. “Even after (the festival) is over, there will still be traffic on the street because people are looking at all the art.”

Visit the photo gallery to see more photos from the Evart Chalk Festival.