Cold Weather Doesn’t Slow Chalk Walk Turnout

Cold weather conditions didn’t keep people from coming to downtown Jasper to enjoy the 10th annual Chalk Walk on Saturday.

The community, young, old, and in-between, came out in full force to create their own masterpiece on the sidewalks surrounding the downtown Jasper square. The Chalk Walk event is done through the Jasper Community Arts Center. There were lots of free activities for the community or people could pay $10 for a bag of goodies and chalk to create whatever they liked on a designated square. There were many booths lining the Jasper square for the participants. Anything from face painting to live music were set up for additional entertainment. The Relay for Life team was in attendance with a food booth set up. Pat Gablage, a Jasper native, says the community cares about the kids that come out to express their love for art.

Gablage says the Relay for Life team has been coming out and supporting Chalk Walk since its inauguration ten years ago. Community Canvas, an artistic group in Jasper, made an appearance to show off their chalk skills. They went a little outside the box this year and constructed a drawing that was approximately twenty feet by eight feet that appears three dimensional if you take a picture of it with a cell phone. Jenny Rasche, also a native of Jasper, says art can be fun for everyone:

The event started at 8:30 in the morning on Saturday and lasted into the late afternoon. It was originally scheduled for last Saturday, May 4th, but was rained out.