WAC “Chalks the Block” at the Literary Festival
Once again, the Wickenburg Art Club defended its title as the Chalk Masters at the “Chalk the Block” event during this year’s Second Annual Literary Festival. Challenged by the Desert Caballeros Western Museum to see which organization could portray a book cover relating to this year’s theme of “Voices of the Southwest,” it was no contest as to who won (the Museum neglected to send a team). Sue Moehring, Jeanne Craig and Donna Drake joined event chair Lynn Tagge to portray the cover of “In the Canyon,” a story of a girl who lives near the Grand Canyon.
Events were ongoing the entire day, with writers’ talks, presentations by the Coyote Chorus from Hassayampa Elementary School, a craft fair, story-telling, live music, book discussions, kids’ activities and plenty of sidewalk squares for kids to decorate with their interpretations of well-loved book covers. Dozens of people stopped by to say hello, watch the process of developing a sidewalk chalk piece, and take photos. There were writers’ booths in front of where the WAC artists were working, and one writer asked if our WAC artists could draw the front cover of his book. Donna Drake was happy to oblige, and the cover of “The Legacy Letters” materialized right next to “In the Canyon.”
WAC has partnered with the Town of Wickenburg in many projects, but the Chalk the Block section of the Literary Festival is Wickenburg’s Parks and Rec Director Robert Carmona’s favorite. He is already asking us to join in this event next year, perhaps with more WAC chalkers displaying their skills.