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  • Photos by Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Kimee Gerhardt colors in a scene from the Disney movie “Tangled” on Main Street during Saturday's annual Chalk Walk.

  • Elyse Schuler draws a picture of a boxer pup. She was one of dozens of chalk artists gathered in front of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art for the event, part of the Three Rivers Festival.

  • Adam David Hall uses chalk to color in pixels in an image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, July 15, 2018 1:00 am

Street becomes canvas for festival Chalk Walk

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Kaysie Jankowski was literally immersed in her art Saturday.

The 23-year-old was covered in chalk as she knelt near her project, a sugar skull on a white background with blue and pink highlights. The chalk drawing was among dozens on Main Street as part of the Three Rivers Festival Chalk Walk.

“I love sugar skulls,” Jankowski said, referring to the often edible decorations created for the Mexican Day of the Dead. “I love the texture of their designs.”

The annual event takes place in front of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. According to its website, Chalk Walk “entertains, engages and educates” about 40,000 viewers.

Art Saturday included abstract pieces, sports logos, cartoon and video game characters, animals and articles of clothing. The artists kneeled, sat and stretched across their canvases of pavement to finish their creations before rain that had been in the forecast fell.

“Some of them are pretty amazing,” said Riley Zent, 8, who was checking out the art with her parents, Sarah and Eric Zent.

She was photographed with her favorite: A drawing of Winnie the Pooh holding a bunch of balloons.

Kalee McCullar, 20, has created art using chalk since she was 12 and has taken part in several Chalk Walk events at the festival. She was working Saturday afternoon on an ambitious surrealist piece that featured a face, many colors and blue, octopus-like tentacles.

The festival and the chalk art event creates a sense of community, McCullar said.

“It's always so fun to come out and feel the community,” she said. “Everyone's so friendly.”