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Colorful works of art on display at Appleton's Chalk Walk on College Avenue

Posted at 6:48 PM, Jul 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-16 19:48:31-04

APPLETON, Wis. (NBC 26) -- A dry weekend will help downtown Appleton look a little brighter this weekend. On Friday, the city welcomed back artists to chalk up their sidewalks with colorful creations for their annual Chalk Walk event.

Over thirty artists have taken their craft to the streets along College Avenue in downtown Appleton, scribbling out chalk creations that are sure to catch your eye.

"Downtown is a hub for vibrancy with the arts and public art and this is just one of those great events that get you walking throughout the district and gets you exploring the different businesses that are down here, while also just taking in the sheer talent of our local artists," says Lynn Hardy of Appleton Downtown Inc. who organized the event.

Hardy says the event, which offers a handful of prizes for the best pieces of art created, brings a nice draw of out-of-towners to the community. From seasoned artists to youngsters showing off their talent in a public setting for the first time, the temporary display of creativity on the streets tends to create a buzz downtown.

"Because it's something other than just going shopping or just walking down the street. It adds something to the flavor of the city," says artist Booras of Oshkosh.

"I really just do it to see the public and just to get out and experience the communities. But the prize would be nice," adds artist Samantha Wanner of Wausau.