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Chalk festival ready to bloom
by Jenniffer Wardell
May 08, 2011 | 3694 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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THERESA Otteson at last year's festival.
BOUNTIFUL — Color is getting ready to spring up all up and down Bountiful’s Main Street.

The Magic on the Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival will start this coming Wednesday, May 11, and run through May 14. The event, which is sponsored by the Joy Foundation, brings professional and amateur artists from all over the area to turn Main Street into a temporary art gallery.

“We’ve got a lot of artists this year,” said Jane Joy, head of the Joy Foundation. “The whole street is going to be full.”

Pre-registered artists of all ages and skill levels will be spaced up and down the street transforming patches of sidewalk. Residents are welcome to come watch the creative process in action, or stroll through after most of the art has been completed.

“I enjoy having people come by to talk to me,” said Theresa Otteson, the festival’s featured artist for 2010. “The kids doing chalk art will come over and ask how I do things.”

For those who end up feeling inspired, there will also be public art areas where visitors can bring their own chalk to create a miniature masterpiece of their own.

The featured artist for this year’s festival will be ejKeyes, who is based in Bountiful. He’ll likely be working next to the post office, where live performers will entertain both artists and visitors Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

Those participating in the festival are reminded to bring tape and plastic to cover their art in case of rain. The festival organizers, however, are keeping their fingers crossed for sunshine.

“If for some reason the weather’s really bad, we’re prepared to call everyone and slide things forward a week,” said Joy. “But we really don’t want to do that.”

She laughed.

“Don’t you think everyone has cabin fever? They just want to get out.”
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