Art meets the sidewalk

By Lillian Bowe

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo There were 47 artists participating in the sidewalk chalk competition, sketching designs under the theme “Dreams and Nightmares.”

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
There were 47 artists participating in the sidewalk chalk competition, sketching designs under the theme “Dreams and Nightmares.”

Staff writer

lbowe@pntonline.com

Dreams and nightmares are what Portales High School senior Kaytlin Driscoll’s sidewalk art was about.

One side — a seemingly innocent girl’s dreams. The other — someone turning her dreams into a nightmare.

“She looks innocent, but she is really not and that is why her dream is turning into a nightmare,” Driscoll said.

Driscoll was one of the 47 participants Saturday at this year’s Eastern New Mexico University Sidewalk Chalk competition. Junior high through college-age students participated in the event.

Eduardo Alvarez, an ENMU art and animation major, decked out in warm clothes, ignored the morning chill while working his art.

“I got a lot of inspiration from the Internet and I wanted to do a 3D art,” said Alvarez, whose art was planets in a dream pool.

Alvarez participated in the event last year and said he loved making his own art. Alvarez finished third place this year.

Jon Burr, president of the Portales arts council, said this event was truly a community gathering.

“We had Roosevelt General Hospital provide the lunches and Portales Mainstreet and Runnels Gallery provided the chalk. The whole community just came out today,” Burr said.

Burr said the event gets more people interested in the arts and it is a lot of fun.

ENMU student Christine Collins was one of those who said she had fun. Walking away with first place didn’t hurt.

“I cannot believe that I won. It is unreal. I thought there were more in-depth works than my own, but I am excited,” said Collins.

“It was a really great year and we just had a lot of fun today,” Burr said.

This was the fourth year of the competition.

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