The sidewalk in front of the Issaquah Community Center blossomed with a dusty mix of color on Tuesday during the annual Summer Chalk Art Festival presented by the Issaquah Arts Commission.
The warm weather may have inspired many of the young artists, as refreshing water-themed artwork flooded the walkway. Images of mermaids, sea serpents and fish mixed with rainbows and even Sponge Bob Square Pants. By the end of the day, approximately 90 artists had made their mark on their community (albeit a temporary one).
No art festival would be complete without prizes, so at 5 p.m. the judges began evaluating the murals. Given the talent on display, it was a challenging task. Thank you to the judges – Mayor Ava Frisinger, ArtEast Executive Director Karen Abel, Councilmember Eileen Barber, Washington State Board of Education Board Member Connie Fletcher, and Executive Director of Arts Connections Vicki Hoffman – and congratulations to all the amazing artists.
And the winners are…
6 and under:
First Place – Jackson Graham and Connor Curnow
Second Place – Archita Chopra
Third Place – Tanisha Kshirsagar
7 – 11:
First Place – Anumita Chopra
Second Place – Shiven Raina
Third Place – Lilly Smith
12 – 15:
First Place – Olivia Glasgow
Second Place – Lexie Hagget
Thirds Place – Sienna Remeso
16 – adult:
First Place – Rashi Raina
Second Place – Vinaya Gopisetti
Third Place – Beryl Owens-Garson
First Place – Avi Kaul and family
Second Place – Blake and Clark Chin
Third Place – Muskann and Neha Chaudry