Chalkin' up downtown

PLATTSBURGH - The Crafty Geek Brigade and Cheechako Taco are teaming up to brighten the streets and offer the chance to win free food.

Drawing with chalk is often seen as recreation for children, when in fact there are many artists of all ages creating art with chalk and pastels. Many have seen the amazing work of Julian Beever, viral Internet chalk sensation, and have been in awe of his work. While Beever is not coming to own, there will be some of Plattsburgh's best artists displaying their skills for the city to see at the first ever "Chalk-A-Thon 2010."

Chalk-A-Thon 2010 will be held Saturday, Aug. 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. Cheechako Taco, located at 87 Margaret St., will be providing basic chalk packs to participants who will be allowed to draw within the 3-foot by 3-foot square outside the restaurant. Artists will work diligently on their chalk masterpieces, which are food themed, until 4 p.m. and then the public will be allowed to vote on which pieces they like best. Winners will be announced at 5 p.m. Along with chalk, Cheechako Taco will be providing the prizes - a burrito for first place, a taco for second, and a discount for all participating chalk artists. Artists of all ages wishing to participate must sign up by Saturday, Aug. 14 at Cheechako Taco to reserve their square.

For more information about the Chalk-A-Thon 2010 or Crafty Geek Brigade, contact Kimberly Cummins at 335-2295 or e-mail craftygeekbrigade@gmail.com.

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