Marian Amodeo, director of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, came up with the idea for the Chalk Walk after seeing it done in San Luis Obispo, Calif. when she was on a church mission two years ago.
"On that particular Sunday, they had their chalk art festival," she
"We talked about having a theme," said Amodeo
, who put together a Chalk Walk committee for organizing this event, which she
...Do Bartlett, whom Amodeo described as an artist and a noted judge of competitions in the area, will judge all the works.
The winner will receive $500; second-place will get $200; third will take home $100.The money comes from organizations and vendors who are paying to have booths at the festival as well as the festival's sponsors, according to Amodeo
.Sponsors include the Newington Rotary Club
, the Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library
, the Newington Republicans
and the Newington Chamber of Commerce
The Chalk Walk will take place along Market Square.In addition to the 48 pastels each participant will receive, people can bring their own chalk as long as it is water soluble.
"That's the unique part of this -- it's ephemeral art," Amodeo
A mural is being created for the festival and it will most likely be of Mill Pond Falls and the surrounding area, Amodeo
said.Children can come and color in the mural with chalk.
"Hopefully, they will be able to feel a part of the performance art that day," Amodeo
said."It (the Chalk Walk) wouldn't be an appropriate competition for children because it is just that -- a competition."
The registration form for the Chalk Walk is online at www.newingtonwaterfallfestival.org.Also on that Web site is a gallery of Chalk Walk pieces, so people can become more familiar with the art form.For more information, one can call Amodeo
at the library at (860) 665-8700.