Artists create pieces for Chalk Art Fest

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Davenport, IOWA (KWQC) -- Artists took to the streets for this year's first Quad City Arts Chalk Art Fest. The event is part of downtown Davenport's Alternating Currents Festival.

Artists had to register and submit art pieces and about 30 artists were selected to participate in the competition.

"Some of these artists have done chalk and some of these artists have never done a Chalk Fest, so it is actually a new and exciting thing for them to do as well," said Kari Gilson, the Director of Marketing and Sponsorship for Quad City Arts.

Mark Larson worked on a back to school outer space piece. He said the event is also a great way to interact with different artists and learn new techniques.

"I like to do artwork any chance I get and coming out to a Chalk Fest like this is a good opportunity to spend the whole day just focused on, you know, just the artwork and I really enjoy that. It's a lot of fun," said Larson.

Anyone is welcome to come watch these pieces come to life. For 10 dollars, people can participate in the large community art piece by choosing one square to chalk up. People can also vote for their favorite piece, giving an artist the chance to win the People's Choice Award.

"That is the cool thing about it is that the public can actually get involved in this," said Gilson.

The Chalk Art Fest continues tomorrow morning starting at 10 a.m. Works must be completed by 4 p.m. in time for judging. The first place winner will win a five hundred dollar cash prize.