Every year the small town where I live has a Chalk Art Event. Local business owners sponsor an artist who designs a chalk drawing on the sidewalk in front of their stores. The small downtown turns into a great combination of chalk art, live music, food vendors and community engagement. It’s a great way to enjoy a Friday evening meeting friends, grabbing a coffee, food from one of the street venues or stopping in the local cafe.
Artists come early in the day and make their design.
That evening a map is provided with a list of all the drawings with the artists and the business that sponsors their work. Everyone is encouraged to vote for their favorite three entries and the top three with the most votes will receive a prize.
Who would you vote for?
My husband who is an artist and participates in some of the art events around the community had to pass on this one. His arthritic knees would never let him get back up if he sat down on the sidewalk to draw. But we both enjoyed the evening sharing with friends and neighbors the beautiful Friday evening in our small town.
When my husband and I take a trip we love to sometimes get in the car and head out with no particular destination. We just drive until something catches our eye; often we say “I wonder where that road goes” and off we go to find out where it will lead us.
Even when we go on a vacation and have a definite place in mind, we still often take a detour when we see something that looks interesting.
On one trip home from visiting family in North Carolina, we saw a sign by the road that said “Kentucky Folk Art.” So, forgetting our time schedule for the day, we took the next exit and discovered one of Kentucky’s special places.
The Kentucky Folk Art Center (KFAC) is a part of Morehead State University. Housing a permanent collection of nearly 1,400 pieces of self-taught art, we found the pieces to be playful, mischievous and fantastic. These pieces were excellent examples of original folk art.
Two of my favorite pieces were this couple dancing and the guitar player.
If you are ever in the area of Morehead, Kentucky you must check out the KFAC. And while you are on the road, take time to get off the beaten trail.