Artistic activities to abound during Saturday’s Street Fair

Lauren Williams Staff Writer

October 8, 2013

As the community looks forward to the 27th annual Court Square Street Fair coming up this weekend, the Sampson Arts Council is inviting everyone — both the young and the young at heart — to join the fun on Saturday and leave their creative albeit temporary mark on downtown Clinton by participating in its Chalk It Up! Chalk Art Contest.

Sponsored by the Arts Council for two years now, the Chalk Art Contest will return for its third year Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the “Milling Around” public art piece (lawn and parking lot area), located at 300 East Main St..

“The Sampson Arts Council started the Chalk Art Contest to give children and adults the chance to show off their drawing talents,” shared executive director Kara Donatelli. “We are excited that the contest is in its third year and that every year we have more talented artists participate.”

Kids and adults interested in joining this year’s Chalk Art Contest can pre-register for $5 in person at the Sampson Arts Council office, located at 709 College Street in the Victor R. Small House, or can call 910-596-2533 for more information.

“Space is limited so advance registration is recommended,” Donatelli advised.

Once registered, participating artists will be provided a box of 24 artist-quality pastel chalk and will be assigned to a 4’x4’ square on the street where they will create their own unique masterpieces.

Day-of registration will also be offered Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Sampson Arts Council booth which will also be located near the “Milling Around” public art piece.

“Local children and adult artists are encouraged to enter and show off their drawing talents,” said Donatelli, describing the entire Street Fair experience as “a fun event for the entire family.” “

“We always have great weather for this event, and what a better way to spend a beautiful day than to add a little color and creativity to downtown Clinton,” she added.

Once the contest concludes at 1:30 p.m., judges will choose a winner from each category — 6-10 year olds, 11-15 year olds, and 16 years old and up. Winners will be announced from the courthouse stage that afternoon at 2 p.m.

In addition to bragging rights, “winners in each age category will receive an Arts Council bag filled with art supplies,” noted Donatelli, listing sketchbooks, watercolors, brushes, and colored pencils among the contents. “We like to give art supplies as an award to encourage these talented artists to keep practicing their artistic skills.”

Donatelli hopes that local artists will take advantage of this unique artistic and civic-centered opportunity. “The Chalk Art Contest not only gives artists a chance to show off their drawing talents, but the public enjoys viewing their art and watching the artists in action. We hope both children and adults will come ‘chalk it up’ with us on October 12.”

While downtown, street fair attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy many other — and free — art activities.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday around the “Milling Around” public art piece, youngsters can try their hand at creating thumbprinting art.

“Print your thumb, add lines and details and see what what kind of animal, creature, or design you can create,” explained Donatelli, adding that kids may also find the art of quilling interesting. “They can experiment with a form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs.”

Both children and adults will also enjoy the pottery demonstrations that are scheduled throughout day with Pat Montgomery from Wilson, she added, noting that Montgomery will have her pottery available for sale as well.

And the visual arts will not be the only art forms highlighted during the downtown Street Fair; music and dancing will also be featured.

From 10 to 10:30 a.m. the Coharie Indian tribe will demonstrate Native American drumming and dancing, and from 11 to 11:30 a.m., Latino dancing will be performed for the public to enjoy.

For more information about any of the art events to be featured in Saturday’s Court Square Street Fair, please contact the Sampson Arts Council at 910-596-2533.

Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at