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Art Students Place Third in Chalk Art Competition

Chalk Art
Last spring, members of the Wayne Trace Jr/Sr High Art Club accepted the invitation to participate in the BG Rotary Club's Chalk Walk as part of the 25th annual Black Swamp Arts Festival held this past weekend in Bowling Green.  Team members had the summer to work on creating a design that promoted peace, and with a clever and original design entitled "Atomically at Peace in a World of Different Elements," their design caught the eye of virtually every passer by.  Many of the spectators asked team members Hannah Wilhelm, Olivia Klinker, Catie Strable, and Gilly Wiseman questions about the concept and details of the artwork which included a peace symbol comprised of different elements of the periodic table that spelled out the artists' initials.  The ladies enjoyed interacting with the crowd which grew as they day went on, but they remained focused on their work too.  Although the team arrived early to watch professional chalk artist Chris Fry work on his piece, the ladies had only four hours in the afternoon to create their 8 foot by 10 foot design.  Thankfully the group had previously met and practiced the design several times, but it still took a great deal of collaboration, compromise, and adaptations to make it work on Main Street in BG.  The group did not have much time to talk to the other competitors, but they did share some chalk and noticed that several of the teams adapted some of the WT tricks to help execute their own pieces.  They also enjoyed getting some tips from Chris who also spoke about the growing sidewalk chalk movement--with so many people looking down at their phones, sidewalk chalk is becoming the new advertising media.  The Wayne Trace team was quite proud of placing third in its first year of competition, and the underclassmen are looking forward to returning next year and applying what they learned from this year's experience to next year's contest theme.

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