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Chalk And Walk Gives Artists The Chance To Draw On The Ground

Ben Palosaari

This weekend Crown Center hosted the 7th annual Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival showcasing local artists’ artwork drawn on the ground. 

The weather Sunday couldn’t have been better for an outdoor art festival. The temperature topped out at 77 degrees, as dozens of local artists worked on their hands and knees drawing with chalk on the brick plaza.

Married couple Billy and Crystal Peters have been to the Chalk and Walk Festival each year. On Sunday, they worked together in the shade on a five-by-five foot drawing commemorating the 100th anniversary of Union Station.

“I have the logo that they had designed for that hundredth celebration, and I incorporated a train and some of the city background. And it’s all pretty much a monochrome except for the yellow of the logo there," Billy says of the couple's artwork. 

Billy is an illustrator, and says that working in chalk isn’t all that different from more traditional drawing methods, but it requires a little more planning.

"We're getting pretty good and the planning and execution and just staying on-time with it. I feel like we have a good grasp of it," he says.

How important is time management for making chalk art? The couple spent more than 10 hours on the ground drawing this weekend. 

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