All downtown becomes a chalk canvas


Photos by Jason Hawk | Oberlin News-Tribune Augusto Bordelois meticulously adds dimension to his pastel drawing Saturday at the Oberlin Chalk Walk.

Young Sophie Kocsis draws Nyan Cat, the rainbow-colored online meme.

Consuelo Deus starts with a blue palette early Saturday on Rt. 58.

Hannah Holcepl and Alina Deus create a frog, starting with its bright eyes.

Here are some of the neat pieces we discovered downtown.

Here are some of the neat pieces we discovered downtown.

Here are some of the neat pieces we discovered downtown.

Here are some of the neat pieces we discovered downtown.

Here are some of the neat pieces we discovered downtown.

Here are some of the neat pieces we discovered downtown.

Here are some of the neat pieces we discovered downtown.

Here are some of the neat pieces we discovered downtown.

Here are some of the neat pieces we discovered downtown.

Here are some of the neat pieces we discovered downtown.

Here are some of the neat pieces we discovered downtown.

Here are some of the neat pieces we discovered downtown.

We watched in awe as Augusto Bordelois turned an ordinary flagstone Saturday into a shaded pastel masterpiece.

Under the protective cover of a canopy, the master artist smoothed a woman’s features and ram headdress in front of Hall Auditorium at the 10th Annual Oberlin Chalk Walk.

The Cuba native and Cleveland Center for Arts-Inspired Learning instructor has been a fixture at the event the past three years. His creation for 2015 was based on works at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, which sponsored his efforts.

Other master artists to contribute vividly-detailed sidewalk pieces included Robin Van Lear, Wendy Mahon, Dan Cherney, and Hector Castellanos. They were joined by local artists Dana Juliano, Donna Shurr, Tom Shurr, Martin David Tapia, Charlene Wood, and Beth Wolosz.

Experience and skill, with respect to those who have it in spades, isn’t everything.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the chalk walk this year were the young experimenters trying their hands at the medium for the first time or working to better their craft.

They left colorful visions all over the city’s downtown walkways — from cartoon homages to rainbow-hued abstract pieces and dreamy imaginings of unicorns and dragons.

Nearly 1,000 artists took part, braving early morning wet conditions and leaving the protective shelter of the trees and awnings as the sun peeked out.