Some of the artwork was created to support the theme for this year “Peace, love and freedom. ”
Tennessee Christian Preparatory School’s entry completed by Lucy and Laura Trew and Abigail Caines won the interpretive theme award. TCPS was also the school with the most participation.
Each winner received a cash prize.
Other entries held significant meaning to the artists. Karen Bowles and Trevor Ledford teamed up again this year with two squares of art dedicated to the memory of her son. The squares sat near a tree also dedicated in the son’s name.
“He passed away in a car accident, so she wanted me to do a tribute to him,” Ledford said. “He was a guide on the Ocoee.”
One square features the son as a boy, the other him as a guide on the Ocoee. The artwork took approximately two and a half hours to complete.
“This is kind of a new challenge for me, drawing with chalk on the ground. It’s not something that I don’t normally do. But I enjoy looking at all the interpretations of different things,” Ledford said.
The entry was named the adult category best of show winner. It was also selected as the people’s choice award winner.
“I really didn’t think we would win this year. They had some good ones,” Ledford said.
Cleveland High School also took a team approach to their entry. Three representatives worked on their square.
CHS student Nicole Flickner said she wanted to incorporate the theme. The finished work featured a heart and a peace sign with dream catchers and an American flag. The prize money will be going toward the CHS art club.
Junior category best of show winner Ethan Loveday said he chose to draw things he liked.
“I’m surprised I actually won,” Loveday said.
Chalk artist Eryn Baker, who won best of show in the 11 and under category, said she wanted to use a lot of different colors in her design.
“I did it last year and I decided I liked drawing with chalk, so then I looked on the Internet for fun and easy ways to do chalk. So, I came up with this,” Eryn said.
The result was a intricate circular design resembling a mosaic type pattern.
“Last year, they had us all in one instead of groups, so it was really good to have a chance this year,” Eryn said.
Some artists chose to reproduce characters from their favorite cartoons or movies.
A total of 79 squares of sidewalk were converted into works of art during the event.
The Greenway Public Arts Committee hosted the event and had a tent set up collecting donations to bring “Sitting Tall,” also known as the big, yellow chair, back to the Greenway permanently.
Tara Brown of GPAC said she was pleased with the participation in the event. Brown said she also appreciated Greg Glover, Diana Auberry and Lori Calfee serving as judges.
The weather was beautiful on Saturday, promising that the artwork would be preserved until the next rainfall.
As artist Joe McCullough said, the event created “a ribbon of art on the Greenway.”