Sturgeon Bay - Chalk the Bay (Harvest Festival)


Chalk the Bay 2018



Downtown Sturgeon Bay

Watch the street art being created from 9am-5pm. Free! Bring the family for a fun morning of chalk drawing at the Library and see street art come to life created by professional chalk artists and the community!

Part of Sturgeon Bay’s Harvest Festival on September 15th, Chalk the Bay celebrates its second year embellishing Sturgeon Bay with colorful creations on the streets of 3rd Avenue with two professional Chalk Artists and around the sidewalks of the Library where community members are invited to showcase their best rendition of “Favorite Book Characters.” 

The Miller Art Museum, along with the Boys & Girls Club of Door County, Sturgeon Bay Visitors Center and Door County Library, will be bringing two professional chalk artists. There will also be a selfie-station with a giant Oh-the-Places-You’ll-Go sculpture located in front of the Library and free popcorn from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Chalk the Bay Community Contest

New to the event this year, join in a Community Chalking Contest with four divisions: Youth (8-12), Teen (13-17), Adult (18+), and Family. Starting at 9am with chalk being provided. Awards will be announced at 2pm for each of the categories. Click for more details. 

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.    Community Chalking

2:00 p.m.     Awards

Rules of the Contest 


More about the Professional Artists:

Julie-JilekOne of the professional artists, Julie Jilek, a Wisconsinite, has had her work shown throughout the Midwest and is represented in public and private collections across the country. Committed to the preservation of the arts and the environment, Julie has developed several projects including the Wisconsin State Park Plein Air Project, documenting all 57 State Parks and Forests as well as the recent ‘Art for the Arts’ Project, raising public awareness and funds for the Appleton Public School System through a month-long daily painting event.

For Kitty Dyble Thompson street painting is often an exercise in letting go. “I frequently have to adjust to the unanticipated manhole cover, the pothole, or the road patch which, in their own way, become a part of the final art work.  And of course, there's always the weather! It's sometimes necessary to be able to appreciate the river of color that appears as a downpour sends my painting down the storm drain. Street art can often be a lesson about unpredictability, impermanence, adaptation, and surrender.”

K Dyble Thomspon“Working in the street heightens this sense of surrender which in turn has encouraged me to experiment with anamorphic and 3D images. Working with these illusions expands my technical skills, challenges my creativity, and perhaps best of all results in images that seem to truly excite the people who view them.”

Kitty Dyble Thompson will also be sharing an Interactive Story, perfect for 6-8 year olds, from 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. on the Friday before the chalking competition at the Sturgeon Bay Library Branch of Door County Library.

The events of Chalk the Bay will be going on rain or shine. Come join in the fun!

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     Photos courtesy of Dennis Connolly, Chalk the Bay 2017.


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Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm