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Laura Thorn uses her hand to spread out the yellow chalk

Laura Thorn uses her hand to spread out the yellow chalk and fill in the bottom banner of her welcoming jackalope chalk art on Saturday as part of the chalk art festival. The jackalope was placed in front of the Chamber of Commerce while a wide variety of other chalk creations were spread around downtown.

Buffalo hosted a weekend chalk art and music festival on Saturday, July 17 as residents and visitors were encouraged to visit downtown and add their own chalk creations in front of stores. Booths were set up in Crazy Woman Square with food and gifts from local businesses and music and dance groups rotated through performances on the stage. 

Wilma Wallace watches the work from her lawn chair

Wilma Wallace watches the work from her lawn chair while her great granddaughter, Cheyenne Mitchell, 16, works on her version of a buffalo on Saturday. Mitchell came to visit her great grandma for the chalk festival because she wanted to try out the new medium.

Chalk grid 1

The chalk artists ranged in skill level from professional to kids adding their own versions of classics, like SpongeBob, or funny faces. Some examples of an apple and orange cones were created in the square to talk about how to create 3D effects.

Vanessa Vogel, left, looks at the image that inspired the chalk art

Vanessa Vogel, left, looks at the image that inspired the chalk art she was working on with Ashley Wojciechowski between customers on Saturday. The image was an Homage a’ Kevin Red Star, a member of the Crow tribe born in Lodgegrass.

Chalk grid 2

Colors — and content — varied in the chalk drawings, but several people chose ocean creatures to decorate the sidewalks. 

Vangie Hansen finishes the edges of her flowery sidewalk square

Vangie Hansen finishes the edges of her flowery sidewalk chalk drawing on Saturday. Hansen was wrapping up her design which she called her own made up flowers.

Chalk Grid 3

The chalk art creations were completed at different paces and different times throughout the weekend. The designs ranged from the size of an entire sidewalk square to small animals or shapes. 

Chalk grid 4

Ranging from people to flowers to animals, the chalk art displays spread around town showed off everyone's artistic skills. Many people walked laps around town to check out the different displays that had been created. 

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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