Due to Hurricane Ian the Chalk Walk has unfortunately been cancelled.
Award winning Main Street Bartow, Inc., the second oldest Main Street program in Florida, announces a returning cultural arts event, with returning event sponsor, Frost Law Firm, presenting “Chalk Walk” Festival – Polk County’s only professional chalk art event. “Chalk Walk” is set for October 1st and 2nd in Polk’s Capital City, Bartow.
Centrally located in Bartow at the crossroads of Broadway Avenue (Hwy. 98) and Main Street at Ft. Blount Park, the second annual Bartow Chalk Walk Festival provides a look at a fascinating art form from 16th Century Italy that was created by those who paid tribute to the “Madonna” icon – drawn profusely upon the sidewalks to honor her.
A new generation of street painters have sprung up, and they travel from city to city, and festival to festival, creating chalk artwork that hardly lasts longer than the handful of days required to create them.
This is a two-day event starting on Saturday morning.
Over the two days, the artists will be blocking, filling in, blending, contouring, shading until their work is complete. Festival goers will vote on their favorites. Awards are Sunday at 3:00 p.m. as the artists will have finished their work starting with the “Sponsor’s Choice,” awarded by presenting sponsor, John & Terry Frost from the Frost Law Firm; followed by the “People’s Choice Award.”
Bartow is extending its famous hometown hospitality to 25+ artists from near and far.