Chalk the Walk to support Art on the Rail Trail

 — Photo from the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy

Artists of all ages are invited to Chalk the Walk; the public will vote on favorites.

BETHLEHEM — On Saturday, Oct. 2, Art on the Rail Trail, a committee of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, will hold the fourth annual chalk art contest.

The "Chalk the Walk" event will be held on the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, beginning at the pocket park near Stewart's Shop at 309 Delaware Ave. and spanning the Rail Trail to the intersection at Adams Street.

Chalking starts at 11 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m. Each 3-by-3-foot square costs $10 and may be purchased in advance online at www.mohawkhudson.org/events. Online registration will be available until Thursday, Oct. 3, at 5 p.m.

Squares may be purchased on the day of the event at the registration booth, located on the Rail Trail behind Stewart's Shop in Delmar. Day-of registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and goes until noon.

All proceeds from chalk sales will benefit murals and other artwork on the rail trail and are tax-deductible, as ART is a committee of the not-for-profit Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy.

Chalk designs will be judged by any passerby on the trail during the weekend. Voting for the chalk art creations will be done entirely online, and a link to pictures of each chalk creation and online voting will be posted online.

Follow Art On The Rail Trail on Facebook and Instagram for instructions on how to vote. Voting will take place after the chalk squares are completed on Oct. 2 and continue through the weekend. The top three “popular choice” chalk designs will win prizes donated by local businesses.

In addition to the chalk art contest, art historian Charles Duncan will be on hand to start a public conversation about the murals on the rail trail. Anyone interested in participating should meet Duncan in front of the first ART mural on the corner of Adams Street and Hudson Avenue at noon. He will guide viewers through the imagery of Andrea Hersh's painting, discuss the role of art in public places, and share news of Art on the Rail Trail.

For more information or to volunteer at the event, contact Art on the Rail Trail at . To register for the chalk art contest, go to www.mohawkhudson.org/events.

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