Story + Photography by Tony Centonze
Billed as “an inspirational day at the park, chalking it up,” the recent Chalk Walk Art Festival at Downtown Commons was a huge success, with thousands in attendance.
Event organizer, Maria Haycraft was very happy with this year's turnout. “I would say it was a blast,” Haycraft said. “We more than doubled last year's attendance. More than 4,000 people came out to enjoy all the creativity. We had several 3D chalk artists from out of state who came in to put their unique 'artistic touch' on Clarksville.”
The family-friendly event, which was free for everyone, featured a variety of chalk artists, live music, artisan vendors, food trucks, and a kid zone where everyone had a chance to try their hand at creating their own sidewalk works of art.
Several artists were creating their artwork live throughout the day. The list includes Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun, Zach Herndon, Jessi Lindsey Queen, Cameron McKnight, the folks from Sacer & Savive, and many more.
Food vendors included Blazin' Soul Food, Not Just Lemonade, Penny's Gourmet Popcorn, and other local favorites.
“We also revealed our Artlink trailer,” Haycraft said. “We will be hosting events at the trailer all summer, and will also be setting up at Downtown @ Sundown, and Clarksville's Downtown Market.”