Spontaneity, adversity, and creativity are just three of the various words that can describe the annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.

Organized and run by volunteers at the Valley Art Association and Gallery, the festival has evolved from taking up two streets in 1990 to hosting artists to draw on over 360 squares last year. Chair for the Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, Roylene Read, said she anticipates an even bigger turnout this year.

Read said since the city tore out the uneven and cracked sidewalk and installed brand new sidewalks in 2001 the festival has grown into a signature event that brings together students, faculty, the Forest Grove community and surrounding communities.

The 23rd annual Chalk Art Festival will welcome a Mariachi Band from Lincoln Elementary School and Boka Marimba to perform.

Read said the weather has always been in favor of the festival, allowing art to last several weeks after the event. She said she is very excited to see the artwork and turnout this year.

The festival is free to spectators and welcome to the public.

Those interested in registering to design a square can register on Sept. 18 from 5-7 pm or on the day of the event. Squares are $7 for members of the Valley Art and $12 for non-members. Registering includes a square and a tray of pastel chalk.

The Chalk Art Festival will be on Sept. 21 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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