Chalk-tastic annual art day arrives


Courtesy photos Amanda Mitchell and mom Jan Mitchell experiment with three-dimensional chalk art.

Tinni Bhattacharyya, summer curatorial assistant for Jason Trimmer at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, helps Danny Mitchell and sister Amanda in the background.

Young artists practiced their skills June 6 at the Oberlin Public Library to prepare for the Oberlin Chalk Walk, which will be held this Saturday in downtown Oberlin (see our bulletin board for details).

Teacher Donna Shurr helped 35 parents and children cover the library’s outside patio with chalk butterflies, dragons, ghosts, Pokemon, and an assortment of other creative art.

Leah Loizos spent the morning drawing with her son, Samuel, and said she looks forward to the chalk festival: “It is a great Oberlin celebration to kick off the summer and a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy interacting with other families. Sam not only created his own drawing but also was naturally drawn to work with other children.”

Four-year-old Danny Mitchell created a giant lollipop while sister Amanda experimented with 3D, drawing a gray wolf climbing out of a hole in the concrete. They got help from Tinni Bhattacharyya, summer curatorial assistant at the Allen Memorial Art Museum.

Also trying a hand at chalk art was Oberlin Public Library director Darren McDonough. He’ll have chalk and supplies ready Saturday at the library for anyone wishing to decorate the library pathways.

Shurr will also be available to assist and encourage any children who want to participate.