Chalk Festival Returns To Lockport

Eric Maruscak poses with one of his creations

Eric Maruscak poses with one of his creations

Lockport, NY – The 4th Annual 2016 Sweet Chalk Festival in Lockport is slated for Sat-Sun, July 16 -17, in the municipal parking lots at Pine and Main Streets.

More than 50 artists are expected to participate.

This year there will be chalk recreations of works by Vincent Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Gustav Klimt and Winslow Homer, as well as pop art depictions of Elvis, animals and cartoon superheroes.

According to Festival organizer Ellen Martin, “Over the years this has grown into a tremendous event for people of all ages. It’s just a great way to bring out the community.”

Children are permitted to attempt drawing anything they choose in chalk. Visitors can participate by voting for their ‘Fan Favorite’.

An aerial view of the Sweet Chalk event

An aerial view of the Sweet Chalk event

Artists are encouraged to bring an umbrella/stand (for shade), something to sit/kneel on/knee pads; hat, sunscreen, gloves, eraser, vibrant chalk/artist pastels, chair, broom to sweep area, tempera paint and brush to paint space first, something for helpers to sit, hairspray, yardstick, a one page biography and inspiration piece to put alongside image.

As for what an artist may not chalk out, the event’s website says “No religion/politics/nudity. [unless recreating Renaissance Art]”
This year’s Festival is made possible by a grant from the Grigg Lewis Foundation and Lockside Art Center.

For additional information, please visit or contact Martin directly at 443.418.8720 or email her at


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