Chalk art

Caryn Appler poses with sidewalk art during the 2018 Weiner Week Chalk Art Festival in Pendleton.

PENDLETON — An outdoor art activity offers an opportunity to “Chalk it Up!”

Local artist Peter Bryan, who is the driving force behind the idea, hopes it will inspire unity and community solidarity. The Baha’i Community of Pendleton, with support from Pendleton Center for the Arts, is presenting Chalk it Up! Saturday, Oct. 3, in public sidewalk spaces around the town.

“In a time when much of the news is discouraging, making art can inspire and uplift people, providing fun and fellowship,” Bryan said. “Chalk art is accessible to almost everyone and it gets people outdoors, so it seemed like a perfect fit.”

The group will distribute free chalk sets to kids and families with curbside pickup Thursday, Oct. 1, and Friday, Oct. 2, from 3-6 p.m. at the arts center, 214 N. Main St., Pendleton. Ideas for interactive designs that can engage others in a fun way can be found by searching Pinterest for “interactive chalk art.”

It’s recommended that participants work in open, unoccupied spaces like Brownfield Park or the Riverfront Park on Court Street, as well as neighborhood sidewalks. Event organizers recommend utilizing face coverings and safe distancing while making and viewing the finished art, and as always, consideration for others.

Photos of finished work may be emailed to director@pendletonarts.org for inclusion on the Pendleton Center for the Arts website. For more information, call Ruth Hall at 541-276-9360.

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