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Chalk Art organizers thank community

On Sept. 15, the sun was shining, music was in the air and puppets, balloons, magic and more than 430 colorful masterpieces drawn on the sidewalks turned downtown Forest Grove into an enchanting place to be for the 22nd Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.

Great entertainment was provided by Penny’s Puppets, Joe the Balloon Guy, magician Hart Keene, Skip Buhler, Hugh King, The Hartung Brothers and Big Mama Gayle and her Sugar Daddies.

The Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival Committee and Valley Art Association would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for helping to make this year’s event so successful.

Our generous sponsors: Woodfold Mfg., Inc., Pizza Schmizza, Camille Miller, Dave Recek of Edward Jones, Geoffrey Faris, DMD, lawyer Michael Moore, Flanagan Counseling Services, Stecchino’s Bistro, 1910 Main An American Bistro and Izgara Middle Eastern Cuisine.

Thank you to the City of Forest Grove Community Enhancement Project and Public Arts Commission for providing funding through grants.

In-kind contributions came from the United Church of Christ, Miracle Signs, the Epler Family, Pacific University, the News-Times, Forest Grove High School, the City of Forest Grove’s parks and streets departments, Forest Grove Light & Power and Waste Management of Oregon. A special thanks to Maggie’s Buns for the delicious breakfast provided for the 6 a.m. work crew.

Our talented featured artists were Kat Moss, Jean Ramirez, Steve Sill and Doug Anderson. Special thanks to Fran Richards, whose rendition of the Chalk Art festival will adorn one of our public buildings in the near future.

Kudos to my co-chairs, Phillip Thias and Skip Buhler, for the time and energy they contributed to the success of the event and Dana Zurcher, Lynn Magner, Pat and Pete Truax, Jeanne Levy, Jerry Hoerber, Bev Camp, Marcia Alajoki, Cheryl Smith, Carolyn Dau, Carol Dean and Maira Vega who manned the registration tent and Gallery. Hats off to the many volunteers from Forest Grove High School, Valley Art Association, friends, families and the countless community artists who all contributed to making Forest Grove a very special town to visit and live in.

Chalk-on Forest Grove. Chalk-on!

Roylene Read, chairwoman

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival

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