Chalk the Walk artists create on concrete

Jul 16, 2015 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

About 100 artists of all ages covered the Riverton Branch Library's sidewalks in colorful art Wednesday night during the Chalk the Walk Festival. Band Gary Small & One Earth played all evening, and at the end of the night, library staff judged the drawings.

Anne Leftbear, of Riverton, brought her daughter Jolynn Alberts, 12, who carefully sketched out a drawing of Mikasa Ackerman, a character from the anime TV show "Attack on Titan." After drawing the outline and filling it she carefully shaded it with foam brushes and blew away loose chalk.

"Since she won last year we thought we'd see if she could win again," Leftbear said of her daughter. "She likes drawing."

Jenelle Reyes, 27, of Riverton, drew a wolf howling at the moon.

She chose the design, "because it's simple, and my family lives wolves," she said.

Scott Wiblemo, of Riverton, brought his daughter Aquinnah, 7, and her friend Emma Eppler, also 7.

Aquinnah Wiblemo drew a picture to depict her friendship with Eppler, showing the two girls holding hands surrounded by a heart. Eppler drew a lion, a cat and a dog, representing the two girls along with Scott Wiblemo, she said.

Exactly what he was drawing was of secondary importance to Scott Wiblemo as he sketched a large, flower with every color of chalk in the set.

"Mine is all about using the rest of the chalk," he joked.

The trio came the year before and ended up with many materials left over, Wiblemo said.

The Riverton Friends of the Library provided all the chalk again this year so the library could give it out for free, Riverton library branch manager Gloria Brodle said.

The event is a celebration for the library's summer reading program, Brodle said, and the library has been doing it for three years.

In total, 39 groups signed up in three categories, family, teen and adult, to participate and color a square of the sidewalk, she said. Library staff awarded first, second and third places and an honorable mention in each division.

Brodle hoped the drawings would not get washed away too quickly so they could adorn the library's sidewalks for a few days.

"The first year, it stayed, but the second year it rained right after we all went to bed. This year we'll see. We try to spray it all with hair spray so it has a change to stick around a little bit," she said.

More than 360 youths are signed up for the library's summer reading program, library assistant Sandi Hussa said. The young people fill up book marks by reading for 20 minutes a day for five days.

The library puts on several events over the summer to celebrate the program and that bring the youths together, Hussa said.