Community turns out for chalk walk

Artist Michael Lee was able to create and show others his art creations during the chalk walk.

By Kylie Neel

Lincoln Parish residents flocked to downtown Ruston this past Saturday for the sidewalk chalk walk, which featured interactive experiential art events, pop ups and fun activities.

In the parking lot of Origin Bank, artist Michael Lee was able to create art and introduce people about what creativity means to him.

“I paint canvases so much, and I have been trying to do this full time as well,” Lee said. “Ruston is amazing for holding such an event. Events like these showcase artists in a way to help us expand our resources and benefit us in so many ways. I am so grateful to be a part of this experience because I get to share what I love to do.”

Saber Decouloude, who works for Ruston Artisans, was downtown creating chalk art and said that this event has drawn so many people to come out and enjoy this experience.

“It took the kids a minute to get downtown for the chalk walk, but once they started going it was fantastic,” Decouloude said. 

Multiple booths and artists were featured all over downtown, offering a $500 cash prize at the end of the event. The community got the opportunity to see what the booths and pop ups had to offer, while also voting through a QR code posted on boards under almost every tent.  Also, the downtown shops were able to draw in a crowd for this event as well.

Due to a collaboration, initiated by Ruston Artisans’ owner Judi Null, more art encounters such as the chalk walk are slated in the future, planned for the last Saturday of every month. 

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