Chalk Walk 2020 winners announced

Bay City’s annual Chalk Walk Art Festival moved from the streets of Bay City to the world wide web, drawing 65 artists from 11 states.

To see what they created, search #bcchalkwalk or click here to visit an online artist gallery. The art ranged from nature scenes to abstract drawings. To view the winning works, click here.

“The entries were awesome,” says Studio 23 Executive Director Tara Welch.

Typically, the annual festival takes place in Downtown Bay City. Artists create chalk masterpieces on the streets. Live music has been part of past events. This year, though, the COVID-19 crisis forced organizers to turn the 2020 event into a virtual one, allowing competitors from different parts of the country to enter.

The online aspect was so successful that organizers hope to offer both a virtual and an in-person contest in 2021. The in-person event is scheduled Aug. 14. The virtual event will likely take place in July.

This marked the second online chalk art festival for Welch. In April, when the coronavirus forced Studio 23 to temporarily close its doors, the studio held an online chalk art competition. The event encouraged people to get outside and enjoy some color and creativity while following social distancing guidelines. Read more about the April contest here.

 

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