It turns out, a little rain isn’t necessarily a bad thing when you’re creating a chalk masterpiece on the street. At least, that’s what a few chalk artists said Thursday evening as they were finishing up at the Chalk the Block event on the streets near Town Hall.
“It helped blend the colors,” said one artist of the rain. The artistry and strolling went on undeterred.
One of the stroll attractions Thursday was Lightening McQueen, there to raise money to support pediatric cancer research in honor of Dorian Murray, the little boy from Westerly who inspired the world. Dorian died in 2016 at age 8 but his memory lives on through the Dorian J. Murray Foundation. Dorian’s father, Chris Murray, created the ‘Cars’ replica. Lightening McQueen was Dorian’s favorite character.
Here are the Chalk the Block 2018 winners:
Age 4-7 – 1st place Violet Thakuria, 2nd place Emerson Ford
Age 8-11 – 1st place Olivia Saccoccia, 2nd place Jack Bollengier
Age 12-15 – 1st place Katie Huntley, 2nd place Anna Truesdell
Age 16+ – 1st place Sophia Hopkins, 2nd place (tie) Olivia Legault, Kyra Garabedian
Family/Team – 1st place Dana Gee, 2nd place Brianna Lowden
People’s Choice – Ava Scott and Megan Kazmier.
Judges for the event were local artists Ruth Clegg, Jim Barnes and Lynne Moulton. The event was sponsored by the EG Chamber of Commerce and the all-volunteer Main Street Association.
“This really is a wonderful event that could not run without so many people from town pulling together,” said MSA president Jenni Ingersoll. “From Public Works, Parks & Recreation Department, employees of Town Hall, EG Police and the sponsoring Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Association, it really is a team effort.”