During Labor Day weekend The Loop hosted the first annual sidewalk chalk art festival, Get Your Chalk On! with over 150 artists that participated. The event attracted artists from all over the Midwest region, and some participants came from as far as Alabama to be part of the festivities.
Beginning at 9am on Saturday morning, artists began lining up for registration by the Chuck Berry Statue to receive their complimentary box of chalk and location of where to begin their sidewalk chalk masterpiece.
Blick Art Materials, located at 6300 Delmar Blvd, sponsored the event and provided an extremely generous donation of over $5,000 of chalk to all of the artists.
University City Patch also helped sponsor the event which made it possible for the Loop Special Business District to provide cash prizes to the winning artists in each category.
To vote for your favorite sidewalk chalk artwork, please visit The Loop's facebook page to see all of the 100-plus entries. The photo with the most “likes” will win the Viewer’s Choice Award. Voting ends September 16th and the winning artists in each category will be featured on The Loop website with pictures of each of the winning artists and their artwork.
Community involvement from over 27 Loop businesses, local volunteers, and various artists made this event a tremendous success. Get Your Chalk On! proved to be another fantastic Loop event and is just one more reason why The Loop has been designated one of the premier entertainment and shopping districts in the America.
A huge thank you to all who participated and made this event possible, we couldn't have done it without you!
Prizes Awarded in the Following Categories:
Best of The Loop Theme- Did you know that The Loop was designated “One of the 10 Great streets in America” by the American Planning Association? What do you like most about The Loop?
Chalk of Fame- Pick someone from the St. Louis Walk of Fame and embody an important aspect of their life or their achievements in your artwork. http://stlouiswalkoffame.org/inductees/
Most Creative- If a picture is worth a 1000 words, express your most creative side and tell us a story through your chalk drawing.