Mindful of health and safety protocols, this year’s juried art competition may have looked a little different but what remained the same was that participants and attendees all enjoyed a day outdoors at Skye Canyon Park filled with colorful chalk art, food, drinks and family fun. Nearly 40 artists ranging in skill levels competed for top honors in three categories including high school student, amateur and professional.
With participating artists safely spread out throughout the perimeter of the park, a designated walking path was created for spectators to view the vibrant and inspiring art works. Attendees voted electronically and images of each piece were uploaded so the public could enjoy the artistic creations and get in on the voting fun too.
This year’s contest theme was “My Happy Place.” The resulting designs were certainly something to smile about as the artists created a variety of works and perfectly interpreted sources of joy, happiness, and the power of uplifting creativity as they vied for top honors and cash prizes.
Amazon gift card prizes were awarded in each category with $250 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. Additionally, $100 Amazon gift card prizes were offered for one winner of Best 3D piece and of Best use of Color. As in previous years, attendees and online voters selected the People’s Choice Winner, for a $300 award.
Congratulations to the Chalk & Cheers Winners:
People’s Choice Caitlin Sparks
Best Use of Color Caitlin Sparks
Best 3D Jaime Okazaki
|1st Place||Joe Christensen||Michael Mogel||Maliyah Williams|
|2nd Place||Jamie Okazaki||Connie Nail||Alana Mogel|
|3rd Place||Gina DeGrechie||Caitlin Sparks||Hailey Roybal|
This year, Chalk & Cheers also featured a specially curated and safely spaced vendor village with local artisans in all sorts of creative mediums showing off and selling their wares. A variety of local food trucks including Alpha Dawg, Maize St. Churros 101 and Local 808 were staged in the parking lot near the exit of the walking tour for attendees to safely enjoy.