Secundo “Sec” Sandoval is one of the most well-known artists in Los Alamos and around the region. His watercolors can be viewed throughout the town and he has generously donated his works to many local organizations’ fundraisers and events.
It seems fitting to host an event that pays tribute to Sandoval’s contributions to the art world as well as to the local community. As a result, the Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) has sponsored, for the past four years, the Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk event. This year’s event is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 18 on Central Avenue in front of the Downtown Post Office.
Sandoval studied art in Santa Fe. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., and was a technical illustrator for the U.S. Army Aggressor Center. Sandoval’s work has shown in numerous locations in Los Alamos, including the Fuller Lodge Art Center and Los Alamos National Bank.
The event is part of MainStreet’s ScienceFest celebration. Chalk Walk may pay homage to an artist, but participants do not need to be professional artists to enjoy decorating the pavement on Central Avenue. For $5, participants can purchase a square of concrete and buy chalk from LAAC to create their masterpieces.
Judges will evaluate the drawings and prizes will be awarded to all who participate. In addition, Sandoval will attend the event and participants will have the chance to meet the artist who inspired this event.
The theme for this year’s ScienceFest is “Secret City Unlocked” and as a result, the Chalk Walk participants are encouraged to draw something that depicts this theme.
“With all of the 1940s era programs happening it should be fun to think of things to draw from those times,” LAAC Executive Director Marlane Hamilton said. “Several ideas come to mind, such as the picture of the entrance guard gate, old cars, Ashley Pond as it was, Fuller Lodge, Little Theater, badges, portrait of Oppenheimer, etc. It will make the Chalk Walk unique to this year. Of course, people are welcome to draw other things, and children are never at a loss for creative ideas.”
In addition to chalk drawing, LAAC will display its three-dimensional chalk drawing and invites the public to come and take pictures on it.