Chalk festival brings out professionals, beginners

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Three different chalk festivals took place throughout the Valley on Saturday, giving professional artists and novices a chance to express themselves outside. By Matthew Seeman Three different chalk festivals took place throughout the Valley on Saturday, giving professional artists and novices a chance to express themselves outside. By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Three different chalk festivals took place throughout the Valley on Saturday, giving professional artists and novices a chance to express themselves outside.

The Chalk Art Festival, organized by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, was held at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix and Tempe Marketplace.

"It’s nice to work outside," said Ettna, a 28-year-old artist from Tucson, as she worked on a spring landscape.

The event was not limited to pros though. People of all ages worked on their own projects.

Paulina Garcia-Lopez, 9, colored some of the squares on the pavement.

"I like when people see my work," Paulina said. "And they look at it and they say 'Oh, that’s cool.'"

Bianca Flowers, 9, came to Tempe Marketplace to paint pottery, but she saw people drawing and made a stop to make chalk art. She filled in squares as well to make a rainbow, and said anyone who doesn’t have an opportunity to draw something should try chalk art.

"My dad’s an artist, and I’ve always liked to draw too," Bianca said. "So it was fun."

Maribel Lopez brought Paulina, Bianca and her family to Tempe Marketplace. The chalk art was a fun outing for the kids, she said.

"The kids get to express themselves, and everybody gets to look at it," Lopez said.

The girls also get to see professional artists working, she added, and that chance can inspire them to join in.

"One of my girls did a mermaid, the 'Little Mermaid' piece in one of the bubbles, so that was pretty cool," Lopez said. "It gets them thinking about things that they can do and color on the sidewalk."

She added: "We’re just out, having a good time. Looks like we picked the right day to be out here at Tempe Marketplace."