Chalk Walk Tampa 2011

The Mourning Dove by Beth Shistle

This weekend was the 3rd annual Chalk Walk in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Tampa, FL. We popped over and had a great time viewing the wide variety of 2-d artwork. There were 60 + artists showing off their stuff. (plus frozen lemonade & a bouncy house - what's not to love?)

Creature from the Black Lagoon by Tim Ritter

Many were creating colorful chalk murals on the sidewalk while others were plein air painters, busy interpreting the sights around them.

Terry Klaaren paints Tim Ritter & his chalk creature

So here are some of our favorites from the show. (On the aside, I think this was the first time my family actually agreed on what pieces we liked the most)

B.K. Lyons and her fun Sea Horse

Thank you to all of the artists who took the time to talk about their work (and for letting me take pics).  For more info on these talented people, click the captions under each photo. You'll be taken to their websites or FaceBook page.

Artist Unknown - awaiting info

Silly me I forgot to get this gent's name. He was out of business cards but has my email. I will be sure to add his info if I hear from him. Aren't these chalk monkeys too cool?

It is truly amazing all that goes into these pieces. Most of the artists were working with small reference photos or drawings. Some made grids on their papers and then enlarged the grids on the ground before getting started. Others just jumped in and free-handed their colorful creations. Remember these murals are all made out of chalk. I did see lots of hairspray canisters for fixing things into place - good thing as it was a bit blustery on Saturday.

So there they are, trying to get their art-groove on. Keep in mind they are dealing with lots of people milling about & asking questions. Plus temps hit the mid 80s this weekend - phew! I have to say I am impressed.

I've been told there is a whole chalk circuit that some of these artists follow, traveling from town to town.  Hmmm ... wouldn't it be fun to talk to one of these guys & find more about this unique art form? I'll have to look into that. 

Well, thanks for coming along. Next weekend is Greenfest & I need to find some new trees to replace the bay & mango that we lost to the freeze. If you are in town, check it out. And if not, pop back here - there are always photos to share!


  1. I would have loved to see the Chalk Walk Art Show. How cool is that!?! I loved the monkeys.

  2. Its great! Thanks for showing it to us.

  3. I loved reading your blog and seeing the Chalk Walk pictures ... wish I could have been there in person. How cool!

  4. I love chalk art--I never get to see it much--but I think it's just amazing what these artists do with some colored pieces of chalk.

  5. Love this, wonder if we have an event like that near us? Such fun!!

  6. How neat! I never even know there was such a thing as a chalk art show! The girls like the movie Mary Poppins, and their favorite part is when Mary takes everyone into a chalk picture for a holiday. I know they would love to go to see a Chalk Walk Art Show!

  7. I always feel a little sad when I see sidewalk chalk art because it is so beautiful and time consuming to make, but will get washed away with the rains. I guess the transience of it is part of its beauty.

  8. that 'em' was me - i got too excited and pressed enter before i was finished!

  9. These are incredible! Thank you for showing us!!!

  10. Looks like some really cool and unique art. I bet your son loved the monkies!!

  11. Tim Ritter is my favorite chalk artist. His work is always so different from the other artists. I'm looking forward to seeing what he does in Safety Harbor this Saturday.