BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL — This week, the sidewalks along Bountiful’s Main Street have come to life.
The annual Magic on the Sidewalk chalk art festival, running through Sunday, May 19, will feature more than a hundred artists creating brand-new masterpieces on squares of sidewalk. Residents are welcome to come view the work in progress and ask questions of the artists.
“We’re going to fill the streets,” said Jane Joy, who organized the festival. “We’re trying to expand all the way to Grannie Annie’s.”
Sponsored by the Joy Foundation, the event will include 122 registered artists, a number that doesn’t include participating schools and youth groups.
The artists will work from Wednesday morning to 6 p.m. on Friday, when judging will begin.
“We’re going to add some new categories,” said Joy. “We want to spread the recognition around.”
Though artists need to register in advance and sign in to claim their own square, there is a public art area where anyone can get down and draw.
“We wanted to give kids the chance to be involved,” said Joy. Those using the public area will need to bring their own chalk.
For the second year, both artists and observers will have musical accompaniment. Local musicians will walk up and down the street performing throughout the festival, with the Quackenbush Boys performing Friday at 8 p.m.
The art will remain on display throughout the weekend and into next week. Unless the weather disagrees.
“We’ve been rained out before,” said Joy. “But I hope we get good weather this year.”