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Chalk artists needed for event

April 13, 2013
Paul LaPann ( , Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Ken Gilbert is looking for chalk artists - young and old, professional and non-professional. He plans to fill the Market Street pavement from Fifth to Seventh streets with chalk artwork on June 14-16 as part of Parkersburg's celebration of West Virginia's 150th birthday. As of this week, Gilbert, a retired art teacher at Parkersburg High School, had signed up 11 professional artists, 20 elementary school-age children and older students for the downtown chalk festival. Gilbert got the idea for the event after attending last year's Sarasota Chalk Festival in Florida. Students from Parkersburg and Parkersburg South high schools, Williamstown High School, Washington State Community College and West Virginia University at Parkersburg have signed up for the Market Street chalk festival. Artists provide their own ideas for artwork, which doesn't have to be connected to the sesquicentennial. Sponsors are Craft 2000, Parkersburg Art Center and Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. In connection with the celebration, an art show will be set up all week in the West Virginia University at Parkersburg downtown center at 707 Market St., Gilbert said. Interested chalk artists can leave a message at 304-428-2164.



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