chalk.a.lot 2020

July 18, 2020

Join us for our 9th annual Chalk.a.Lot art festival in historic downtown Two Harbors!  Do you have accessibility needs?  Email us, we'll make sure you can participate! 

Featured Artists

  • Moira Villiard
  • Lauri Olson-Hohman
  • Melissa Gerads


  • 10a-4pm Free art activity booths
  • 10a-4pm Performance artists
  • Live music line up will be announced in the Spring


  • 8am-3pm Louise’s Place: breakfast, coffee and lunch 
  • Na-cho Biznass: lunch

Multi-use wheel lane

  • Wheelchair?  Walker?  Stroller?  We make sure you can view and participate!
  • We understand no one wants chalk all over their wheels- we have a wheel cleaning station for when you're ready to head home.

rules & info


• Registered participants should be age 12 or older.  Artists under age 12 are encouraged to participate in free chalk drawing on the closed street. 

• The art created must be suitable for public and family viewing (no nude, lewd, political or advertisements or business logos).  

• Artist squares will be assigned at registration. 

• If you are reproducing an image originally created by another artist (living or deceased), it is important to credit the original artist and the title. 

• Please sign your art when finished. 

• Please respect the other artists who are working near you. Do not walk on their paintings or have open beverage containers that could spill and destroy someone’s artwork. 

• Since people will be walking around your square, please try to keep your supplies well contained. 

• The event will go on rain or shine. The artists are responsible for protecting their chalk art. Plastic drapes, tape, etc., can be used as needed. 

• Chalk.a.Lot will use photographs to record the event, artist designs and artists. 

• No boom boxes allowed. You may wear portable headsets. 

• All pets must be on leashes. 

• Chalk.a.Lot is a SMOKE FREE event. 

• Chalk.a.Lot volunteers will be around to assist you. 

• As a participant, you agree to assume all risks relating to the event and to release, indemnify, and hold harmless Chalk.a.Lot and Two Harbors Area Arts and Events, their directors, officers, agents, employees and volunteers from and against all expenses, claims, actions, liabilities, attorney’s fees, damages, and losses of any kind whatsoever, actually or allegedly, resulting from or connected with participating in the event.  Chalk.a.Lot shall not be liable for any loss or damage to any personal property, regardless of the cause of such loss or damage.

Suggested Supplies

• We will provide one box of chalk, latex gloves and sponges for all registered squares. 

• If you need additional colors, you may “swap” with other street painters as well.  There is additional chalk available for purchase. 

• You may also supply your own pastel chalk, especially if you are using unusual colors, but it MUST be water-based. 

• Only CHALK can be used for drawings. NO paint, crayon, ink or other non-washable or permanent products. 

• No fixatives may be used on the chalk drawings. 

• Broom or brushes for cleaning the drawing surface before you start. Do not blow dust particles. The City of Two Harbors will be cleaning the sidewalks before we start.

• Umbrellas, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, etc. to guard against the hot sun. 

• Refreshments. Keep open beverage containers away from paintings. There will be a free hydration station, so bring your reusable water bottles! 

• Water and a cloth or sponge to erase unwanted parts of your design- we will provide some sponges and water too.

• Old towels or rags to clean up as necessary. 

• Straight edge, masking tape or “snap” tool for creating sharp borders or geometry. 

• A 2ʼ x 2ʼ piece of heavy fabric, carpet square or cardboard to sit or stand on to avoid smearing your work. 

• A pillow, gardeners pad, knee pads or yoga mat to kneel on.   We'll have some mats available for use.

• A chalkboard eraser, foam, terry cloth or short-cut brushes for blending larger areas of color. 

• Cotton gloves to protect your hands. We will provide latex gloves to protect your fingertips and assist in blending colors. 

Artists Tips

• Make color photocopy of the painting or bring the photo. Make several copies if more than one artist will be working on the piece. 

• If you want your proportions to be correct, you might consider drawing a grid over the photocopies using a ruler and thin marker. You can lay out a corresponding grid on the asphalt. An example is half-inch squares on the picture to 6-inch squares on the asphalt. Mount photocopies on cardboard to make them easier to work with. A carpenter’s chalk line is ideal for this. 

• Use chalk sparingly. Build up your layers, starting with a very light layer on the bottom. Some artist prefer to lay all of their base layer first. Some prefer to work top to bottom. We recommend outlining all of your major elements first. 

• Fill in the details of the image using various shades of colored chalk. Continue to blend colors to gain the right effect. Leave some chalk color unblended on the surface of the concrete to bring out colors, highlights and details. 

• A big chalkboard eraser works great for laying down large areas of color. Moving the eraser in a circular motion works best. 

• Do not blow or fan excess chalk into the air. It will dull your colors, and chalk dust is not good to breathe. 

• To get intense color, apply the chalk more than once (the first time fills in cracks and crevices) and bear down hard. The second time is to let the chalk powder rest on the top of the bumps. Then donʼt touch it anymore! 

• If you’re a first-timer, consider using one object as the focal point of your artwork – a face, a frog, etc. Small details are difficult to manage on a rough surface — so think BIG & DRAMATIC. 

• The more you work with chalk on concrete, the more comfortable you will become. So practice on the driveway at home.


Our Partners


2020 featured artists


Lauri Olson-Hohman

Two Harbors High School Student

Lauri Olson-Hohman

We are very thankful that Lauri has been with Chalk.a.Lot for quite some time!  

Lauri is a full time artist & nature lover! She loves painting, sewing, photography, antler art, digital art, sketching, hiking, biking, jogging, swimming, fishing.


Moira Villiard

Two Harbors High School Student

Lauri Olson-Hohman

Moira Villiard is a dynamic visual artist. Though early in her career, she displays a high degree of proficiency in a variety of artistic genres, including portraiture, illustration, graphic and digital design and as a muralist. She is also a community organizer, curator and passionate arts educator concentrating her efforts around issues of equity and justice including: arts access (giving voice to underrepresented communities within the arts), creative placemaking, environmental sustainability, youth empowerment, and acknowledgement of Indigenous land, culture, and history.

[excerpt from biography written by Amanda McElray Hunter, Curator at Peace Church and Manager of Joseph Nease Gallery]


Two Harbors High School Student

Two Harbors High School Student

Two Harbors High School Student

THHS students!  We will be announcing a contest for one creative THHS student to become a 2020 featured artist!  Thank you to Aspen Huddleston for being our 2019 THHS featured artist!