The ever popular Bandshell concert series has officially come to a close for 2020 with the performance of widely popular Greg Blake in the closing performance of the summer series. But before Blake hit the stage, Dickinson locals young and old alike tapped into their artistic sides with the annual chalk walk.
Artistic skills that ranged from child to beginners to masters, all ages from babies to grandparents sprawled beneath the light blue sky and left their temporary masterpieces for all to enjoy.
Chalk colored to and fro in seemingly haphazard patterns as much like the thoughts in their minds, children shared their creativity with Dickinson to the sounds of laughter and merriment. While some drew inspiration from the mundane with images of coca-cola bottles, trees and animals, others demonstrated DaVinci-like skill with renditions of the Vitruvian Man, top hat-wearing frog and a cow.
Artist Lando J. Crawford, with the help of some other participants, created the skyline of New York City with classic cartoon favorites Garfield and Odie in the foreground. For Crawford, there was no better way to spend the warm summer afternoon.
“I love it, I love it so much,” Crawford said. “I’d like to do it every year … I’m going to do Trump [next year.]”
While most artists began coloring at 4 p.m. when the event started, Crawford was creating the iconic skyline much earlier.
“It’s a lot of work, I’ve been sitting out here since 1:30 p.m.” he said.
For another artist, Ashley Allen, who started drawing at 4 p.m. being able to creatively draw in the bright sunlight was more of a relaxing time than anything else.
“It’s kinda peaceful,” she said. “It’s more of a time for me to just reflect … I thought it was kind of a nice thing for me to see other local artists’ and stuff like that too, and I also get to have fun.”
Allen expressed what it was like seeing families walk by and seeing children particularly enjoying her progressive artwork that was slowly being engraved through the rocky canvas.
“It’s kind of more fun for me … I like to make people happy when they see my art. I try to make something colorful and bright and my goal is to make people smile,” she said. Art can be whatever you want. Whatever medium, I actually never really used chalk before … a little when I was a kid … but it's a learning experience for everybody.”
Although dark clouds and raindrops did make an appearance shortly after the event was over, those that were in attendance will always cherish and remember the colorful and creative pieces that were made by local artists in Dickinson, N.D.