Chalk artists hit the ground creating

May 7, 2023

MIDDLEBORO — The nondescript pavement at Town Hall became a canvas for colorful creations.

A simple box of chalk and colorful imaginations transformed ordinary parking spaces into works of art during the first Chalk It Up festival outside Town Hall Saturday, May 6.

Bright blue birds and a multi-faceted sun were just two of the designs created on the parking lot during the festival, which was hosted by Hearts in Art, a Middleboro organization that aspires to make art accessible to everyone. 

“It’s been really fun,’’ said Melissa Oddi-Morrison, the founder of Hearts in Art, who said she was pleased with the turnout. “We’ve got quite a few people.’’

She decided to bring the activity to Middleboro after being involved in a similar event years ago in Florida, she said. The goal of both the day, and the organization, is to “bring people together through the arts and empower them.’’

Dawn Gould of Lakeville created a design of “Birds on a Wire,’’ which, as the name suggests, depicts feathered friends sharing a space. 

She is experienced in snow sculptures and sand sculptures but had never worked with chalk before, she said. “I’m kind of crafty,’’ she said. So with the perfect spring skies overhead, “I thought I might as well come out and try it.’’

Andrew Fay and Alecia Preston of Revibed, a downtown business with features including shoe customization, are no strangers to artwork.

“We love art,’’ she said as Fay created chalk designs on a parking space. “We love supporting all the local events.’’

Kaylie Leite of Berkley created a solar image with color and personality.

Its name, she decided, could be “hippie sun.’’

The day’s winners were: Elementary level, Ben River; Middle, Mina Paulin; High School, Ava Morgan; Team, A Team for Revibed; and Heart in Art Award, Azriel Scardino.