2019 Downtown Oshkosh Chalk Walk set for August 3

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The annual downtown event returns for its 6th year

Artists will flood the sidewalks with color when the 6th annual Downtown Oshkosh Chalk Walk returns on Saturday, Aug. 3. The Chalk Walk runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. around Opera House Square.

Registration for artists is open right now on the Downtown Oshkosh Chalk Walk Facebook page or downtownoshkosh.com. Rain date for the event is Sat., Aug. 10.

“This event is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to try a different kind of art,” says Carrie Olson, co-owner of 920 Tattoo and one of the event organizers. “Participants have ranged from professional artists to teens who are getting their first chance to take part in this kind of public art event.”

Artists will begin drawing at 8 a.m. and continue working throughout the day.  “It’s an amazing experience to watch art being created,” says Sandy Prunty, owner of Atomic Katz and one of the event organizers.  “You get the chance to watch the drawings go from basic outlines to full color works of art in a matter of hours.”

There will be a brat fry to benefit the Oshkosh Masonic Lodge #27 Scholarship Fund, live music, face painting, balloon art and other activities in the Square throughout the event. Oshkosh Public Library is sponsoring the Kids’ Area around the sundial, where children can draw free of charge.

To help boost interest among artists statewide, the prize money for this year’s Chalk Walk was increased – $300, $150 and $50 for first through third place in the adult division; $75, $50 and $25 for the top three entries in the youth division. Winners are determined by public voting at the event. The youth category includes kids ages 12-17, with artists age 18 and older competing in the adult category. Registration is $35 for a sidewalk space or $50 for those who want to draw on a 4’ x 4’ board.  Deadline to enter is July 21.

The Downtown Oshkosh Chalk Walk is presented by Community First Credit Union and the Downtown BID Marketing Consortium.  Other sponsors include 920 Tattoo Co., The Varsity Club, Oshkosh Public Library, The Roxy, Fox River Landscape, House of Heroes Comics + Games, American Black Belt Academy, Atomic Katz, Reimer Jewelers, Marissa’s Fit Boutique, Eroding Winds Record Shop, Silver Star Brands and in-kind sponsors including Klassy Kids,  Art Haus and Oshkosh Tattoo & Good Girl Piercing.

Images courtesy of Oshkosh BID and OCVB

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