First-ever 'ChalkStock' is Saturday in Spirit Lake
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- Sharpen your chalk and sweep off your sidewalk square, it's time for northwest Iowa's first-ever ChalkStock event.
The sidewalk chalk festival is slated for Saturday at A Piece of Work Inc. in Spirit Lake.
"It coincides with the weekend of Woodstock," explained Gallery Director Haley Isder. "Originally the idea was to have a lot of music and just have it be an awesome street festival. ... It's focused mostly on the sidewalk chalk and the art."
Singer-guitarist Jared Banes of Tama, Iowa, will entertain attendees with original songs throughout the day.
Both ChalkStock drawing competitions kick off at 7 a.m. The Sidewalk Drawing Competition will be on the 4-by-4-foot sidewalk squares closest to the red tile brick, while street parking spaces will be blocked off to accommodate the 8-by-10-foot Street Art Drawing Competition. Attendees will be able to view the artists' works in progress.
At 5:30 p.m., the Peoples Choice and Artists' Choice awards will be presented to the sidewalk/street artists.
Youngsters can get in on the fun, too, with two supervised mural projects for ages 11 and younger. Young artists may participate from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. in the gallery parking lot; there will also be a "designated doodling area."
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 3 to 4:30 p.m., there will be a series of artist "Chalk-off" competitions. Competitors will draw a subject.
"It's a friendly competition -- there's no real prize," Isder said. "It's going to be two artists facing off, and we're going to have 2-foot-by-2-foot squares marked off on the cement right next to each other. It's kind of designed to get the artists to interact a little bit more."
Both artists will depict a subject chosen at random, and the winner will be selected by audience applause.
Isder said the gallery will be accepting applications today and Saturday; the registration fee includes a set of chalk pastels and a reserved place on the pavement -- ChalkStock T-Shirts are no longer guaranteed.
"It's best if people register as soon as possible," she urged. "We only ordered so much chalk."