While most artworks can be displayed on a wall, dozens of local artists will display theirs underfoot as they take part in the 9th annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 20.
As many as 70 artists will compete for $1000 in cash prizes using chalk to craft their personal portrayals on paper taped to the sidewalks of the Second Street district.
To ensure masterpieces won’t be washed away in the event of an autumnal downpour, the event’s sponsors--Justin Rudd’s Community Action Team--will move the art indoors, as they did two years ago.
The contest typically draws an eclectic array of creative types ranging from students to emerging pop artists and classically trained painters who will all use the same tools to render visions as diverse as the people creating them.
All are invited to join in on the day of creativity but only those 18 and over will be permitted to compete in the contest, which will reward the first place winner with $350, second place with $250, third place with $150 and five runners-up with $50 each.
The first 100 artists may register for free to enjoy a starter pack of pastels, a 38” x 50” sheet of premium artist’s paper, snacks and a pizza lunch, according to CAT’s web site. Additional artists and the 17 and younger crowd can participate for a $10 fee.
It is the third year in a row that the contest is being staged in collaboration with the Belmont Shore Art Walk. Those interested in supporting the event through a sponsorship of $25 per artist can email Justin@JustinRudd.com.
To view examples of last year’s art or for more information, click here or visit the event’s facebook page.