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Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion and 17th Street Art Festival

Published: July 7, 2009
Two fantastic art events will unfold along the beautiful Virginia Beach Oceanfront as the Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion and 17th Street Art Festival take center stage from 10:00am-7:00pm on Saturday, July 25, 2009.  Both events take place in the park and along the boardwalk at 17th Street.

At the Chalk the Walk, participants draw four by four foot chalk drawings right on the boardwalk!  

This year’s theme is "Under the Sea."  All Chalk the Walk participants are encouraged to incorporate the theme in their work!

200 competitors will complete chalk drawings to be evaluated by a panel of judges.  Judges will score the drawings according to criteria such as composition, use of color, adherence to theme, and creativity.  There will be three competitive divisions: Amateur, Professional, and Youth.  The Youth division will be for ages 12-16.  Children 11 and under will be invited to draw for fun in a separate area.  Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for each division.  Winners will be announced at 4:30pm at the registration tent.  The hours for the Chalk the Walk are 10:00am-5:00pm.  All participants must register by 1:00pm to qualify for the competition.  All drawings must be completed by 3:30pm to be eligible for prizes.

Advance registration for Chalk the Walk is not required.  There is no fee to participate, but it is recommended that artists bring their own chalk.

The 17th Street Art Festival will be held simultaneously in the 17th Street Park.  This unique art show is dedicated to local and regional artists.  Approximately 30 artists representing media such as paintings, jewelry, sculpture, and photography set up booths in the park to display and sell their work.  Live entertainment helps create a relaxed, inviting atmosphere for all.

The hours of the 17th Street Art Festival are 10:00pm-7:00pm, and the event is free to the public.

For more information about Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion and 17th Street Art Festival, visit or call 757-491-SUNN.

The Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion is sponsored by The Oceanfront Inn (host hotel for discriminating hermit crabs and their owners!), Pepsi, the City of Virginia Beach, and Integrated Management Group.