Applicants Sought For Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk

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LAAC News:

The Los Alamos Arts Council is hosting the 5th annual Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk Saturday, Sept. 13, a festival and celebration of chalk drawing, the artistic process and, of course, all the local, creative, talented individuals who make Los Alamos an unusual and quietly exotic place to call home.


Join us for a celebration of art and community on the sidewalks near Ashley Pond in collaboration with The Los Alamos ScienceFest. Special prizes will be awarded to an entrant in each category selected by the judges. This is definitely an event for all ages, and aspiring chalk-artists are encouraged to apply as individuals, a group or family. Professional artists are also invited to share their talent.


Each square will be “rented” for $5. Pick up an application — full of details about the event — at the LAAC office in Fuller Lodge, where preregistration is ongoing. Or, print out the online application available on our website- Registration the day of the event begins at 10 a.m. Drawings should be completed by 12:30 p.m., at which point artists will surrender their finished squares to the viewing public.


The transient life of a chalk artwork is part of its charm. It doesn’t endure. You can’t see it next year. You have a chance to appreciate it during its fleeting existence, and never again.


While Chalk Walk entries will be judged and prizes will be doled out, the festival is more about appreciating the artistic process than the perfection of the final product. The chalk festival is for anyone who can hold a piece of chalk.


If you haven’t yet seen chalk art, google “chalk art” and see images of what other people do at other festivals. Get inspired, join us and enjoy the art!


Applications for the Chalk Walk can be picked up at the Arts Council office or found online at It will also be possible to fill them out the morning of the event.


A special addition that LAAC is bringing to the Los Alamos ScienceFest for the Chalk Walk, with sponsorship from Los Alamos National  Bank, is 3D Chalk Art. The chalk artist will be Melanie Stimmell from the Los Angeles company We Talk Chalk. She is a talented artist who has done drawings around the world at different festivals. The person for the installation during the ScienceFest will be Lynn Okimura. When you come to the Science Fest be sure to stop by and see what she has created just for Los Alamos. Lynn will be there during the festival to explain the “math behind the 3D effects” and show you where to take the picture that looks “magical.” Don’t forget your camera/cell phone as you will not want to miss this photo op. LANB representatives will be on hand to take your picture. It will be lots of fun!

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