An elaborate game of hopscotch, a makeshift court for a game of driveway basketball, even a surprise message of encouragement or business promotion: Sidewalk chalk can transform dull slabs of gray cement into simple, yet vibrant creations.
But how about an entire block face?
Three stores downtown have banded together to accomplish just that by hosting a community sidewalk chalk extravaganza this week, called the “F St. Screever Fest” where members of the community can come and turn 3-foot square sections of cement in front of the storefronts into temporary works of art.
As part of Davis Downtown’s monthlong celebration of art known as ARTober, the free event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday in front of Armadillo Music, 205 F St.; nestware, 207 F St.; and Paulina’s Boutique, 207 F St. Suite A.
All members of the community are invited to come and be screevers for the day. Screever is a British word for street artist.
“(Those participating) could be professional artists or people from the community, kids,” said Nina Gatewood, deputy director of marketing, arts and entertainment for Davis Downtown.
Participants need only to bring themselves, as the three retailers will supply the chalk and all necessary materials. Folks will be assigned different sections of sidewalk in front of the stores on a first-come, first-served basis. The event’s hosts also will serve refreshments.
At the end of the day, the best chalk interpretation will be chosen and its artist will be awarded a gift card. The chalk drawings from Thursday’s event will be photographed and then removed to prepare a new, blank cement canvas for Friday, according to Paulina Sanders, owner of Paulina’s Boutique. (Friday’s creations will be photographed as well.)
In its second year running in Davis, ARTober is a monthlong celebration where every single day of the month, somewhere in Davis, someone is hosting an art-flavored event.
— Reach Tom Sakash at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-747-8057. Follow him on Twitter at @TomSakash