Sidewalk Chalk Art in Downtown Northampton

Northampton Chalk Art Festival

Many children have used sidewalk chalk to create drawings, make hopscotch boards, or write notes and signs. When fine artists take to the sidewalks with their own ideas, the materials and setting are still very relatable for–and interesting to– kids, even if the products are quite different. The artists of this year’s Northampton Chalk Art Festival on Friday, September 11, everyone is invited to observe as they create new masterpieces on the sidewalks downtown.

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Watching these artists at work provides opportunities to learn about different techniques, perspective, proportion, and expressing ideas through art. 

Drawings will be created from 10am-4pm, awards for the top three creations will be announced at 5pm, and from 5pm-7pm, families may participate in a free draw to decorate the Retrofaire site between Thornes and the parking garage.

The city’s monthly gallery walk runs from 5pm-8pm for those who would like to explore additional works of art, including the opening of twixt & tween, an exhibit of works that explore identity through the lens of popular culture. All events are organized by the Northampton Center for the Arts, are open to everyone, and free!

[Photo credits: (cc) Sienna Wildfield]

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