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Artists chalk the walk at Lansing Public Library

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (September 18, 2021) – It was a perfect autumn morning for sprawling on the broad sidewalk leading up to the second-level doors of the Lansing Public Library. Artists who had pre-registered for the library’s Chalk Our Walk event were given a sidewalk square, a number, and the hours between 9:00am and noon to complete their masterpieces. From noon until 5:00pm the art remained on display, and library visitors were invited to cast votes for their favorite drawings.

Midmorning, a small crowd of participants and onlookers gathered on the concrete walk and engaged in observation and conversation. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Instructions were chalked on the walk. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Ten-year-old Gabi (right) and her 6-year-old brother Samuel took a break from working on their sunset-over-water piece in order to talk to the media. Though they consider themselves experienced chalk artists, this was their first time participating in a contest. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Rachel added coloring and shading to the petals of her flower. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Lou works for a civil engineering company doing topographic drawings, and Chalk Our Walk gave him an opportunity to do the same style of drawing in a different medium. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Grace applied her knowledge of Polish folk art to her entry. She has created similar pieces in paper cut-outs, the traditional medium, and in fabric, but this was her first time experimenting with chalk. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Library staff member David Boomker, who organized the Chalk Our Walk event, created a sample drawing to inspire participants. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Avenue in Lansing, Illinois. People interested in staying informed about events, programs, and classes offered by the library are encouraged to sign up for “Limited Edition,” the library newsletter:

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


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