A splash of color
By Amy Lavelley Post-Tribune correspondent July 3, 2013 1:48PM
Dewana Hammonds, 16, of Valparaiso, draws gerbera daisies using pastels during the June 22 Chalk the Walk on the square in downtown Valparaiso. | Post-Tribune photo
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Updated: August 5, 2013 6:04PM
The sidewalk around the Porter County Courthouse in Valparaiso got a colorful upgrade on a recent Saturday, when more than 100 artists, pastels in hand, took part in Chalk the Walk, a fund-raiser for the Family and Youth Services Bureau.
The first-time event raised between $15,000 and $20,000 for the agency, said Jackie Gray, its director of development and community relations, and is based on similar community art efforts in other cities.
She expected the artwork to last several days, even if it rained, and also expected the event to take place again next year.
Organizers talked about making the event a competition and offering prizes, but didn’t get that organized, though in a way, that didn’t matter.
“That’s not really the purpose here,” Gray said, adding Chalk the Walk was meant to be for families.
Jodie Hammonds and her daughter, Dewana Hammonds, 16, of Valparaiso, worked side by side, their hands smeared with the brightly colored pastels. Jodie drew the face of a tiger for A&A Manufacturing, her employer and the sponsor of her square.
“I read that they needed artists, and I love art and I love doing art,” Jodie said, adding she does art on the side. She planned on decorating another square with Nemo and Dory from the movie “Finding Nemo.”
Dewana, a junior at Valparaiso High School, drew a floral scene with gerbera daisies in orange, yellow and red, along with the Rittenhouse Senior Living logo, since they sponsored her spot. She contacted them to see what they wanted.
“I was advised to do as much color as possible,” she said, adding the design had to include the facility’s name, logo and the daisies, but the rest was up to her. “I picked the colors and everything.”