City sponsors chalk art event July 9

The city of Blaine is hosting Chalk It Up! Blaine on July 9. Teen artists are being sought to create sidewalk art in downtown Blaine. Artists entering grades 9-12 this fall are encouraged to submit an entry.

The youth art event is free, but participation is limited. Artists should visit the city’s website, cityofblaine.com, to download an entry form and submit it to the community development department for consideration by July 5.

Teen artists will create an art panel on the day of the event based on the theme of “By the Sea.” Cash prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories.

“The chamber of commerce is excited to partner with the city in creating another event to bring Blaine community members downtown, because downtown only works if the community is there,” said Blaine Chamber of Commerce vice president Laura Hedges.

“This is a great opportunity for teen artists to show off their talent because, weather permitting, the art will be on display for weeks, including during the Drayton Harbor Music Festival, which starts the next day,” said community development director Michael Jones.

The event is actively seeking businesses to sponsor art panels to help with the cost of chalk, lunch, and other supplies for the artists. Art panels can be sponsored at $50 per panel. Interested businesses should contact Jones at 360/332-8311.

Also taking place on July 9 as part of Chalk It Up! Blaine will be the creation of a community chalk art wall mural.

Nationally recognized artist and Blaine resident Brian Major will create a “chalk by numbers” mural for completion by community members.

Children and adults are welcome to participate in completing the wall mural on July 9 at the corner of Peace Portal Drive and H Street. Just stop by between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and join in the fun.

Thanks to a grant from the Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee, Chalk It Up! Blaine will be the first of several small events this summer designed to bring community members out to enjoy downtown and parks.

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