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"Sidewalk Chalk" competition draws Carlsbad residents to local museum

June 8, 2014

By Martha Mauritson, Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M.

June 08--The sidewalk outside the Carlsbad Museum and Arts Center may never be the same after Saturday's "Sidewalk Chalk" competition.

Artists from age 1 to adulthood were assigned to a section of sidewalk and issued a supply of colored chalk in large sticks.

For the young artists like 3-year-old Addison Payton, it was easy to get down close to their work. Addison even signed her effort, with a sprawling but perfectly legible "Addison" across the picture she had drawn.

The event was designed to attract Carlsbad residents to the museum and entertain them while they were there.

"We were brainstorming some programs that could be done while the bat exhibit is up in the temporary gallery," said Cassie Parks, the new assistant director at the museum.

It was decided that a perfect venue would be outdoors in the shade of the wonderful old trees that line the museum's art park.

And in keeping with the bat theme inside the gallery, the artists drew various types of bats, including a large, smiling bat that looked like nothing more than a teddy bear with wings.

Adult artist Mike Campos is well-known for his chalk-on-concrete works -- at least among his Carlsbad neighbors. On his street, he may concentrate on happy birthdays or get well soon wishes. At the museum Saturday, he drew a typical Carlsbad Cavern interior with bats flying through.

He is a self-taught artist.

"I saw a lot of pictures (of chalk drawings) on the internet and decided that I'd give it a try," Campos said.

More entertainment, with a healthy dose of education, came from the long, inflated building inside of which is the reproduction of a cave.

Visitors are led by a flashlight-carrying cave expert who points out the cave formations and other sights.

The cave exhibit was provided by the Bureau of Land Management, Fort Stanton-Snowy River National Conservation Area.


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