On November 14th, Lilibeth Andre returned to Alpine via Amtrak to do a live outdoor sidewalk chalk demonstration along with five area volunteer artists at Brown Dog Gardens located on Historic Murphy Street during this year’s ARTWALK.
Our Board of Directors met with Lilibeth in October after she completed the Alpine High School chalk project to collaborate on a design for the upcoming ARTWALK. We decided to use elements from our town, the railroad, Twin Sisters and a calendar girl to pay homage to our recent murals with calendar girls in them. Lilibeth’s design had a calendar girl with prickly pear and tunas, along with an old locomotive on the tracks with our iconic mountain range, the Twin Sisters, in the background.
Sidewalk Chalk paintings are considered an installation that will eventually get washed away so we had no expectations of it lasting indefinitely. We live in rural west Texas in the Chihuahuan desert where rain is appreciated but not expected this time of year.
Our bringing Lilibeth Andre to Alpine to create and teach our youth at the high school was a real treat for the kids that participated. The students enjoyed getting to know Lilibeth and learning a new medium.
Volunteers masked off a 10′ x 20′ concrete outdoor patio with duct tape with a 2′ x 2′ grid for the design to be transferred. Work began on Thursday with the help of area artists. Friday was a full day of background and the beginning of the details. Saturday morning the artists worked rapidly as there were storm warnings for the late afternoon. The artwork was almost complete when the rain began at 2 PM and washed it away. It was a beautiful journey of creativity that was enjoyed by not only the artists that participated but by those that got to watch the sidewalk painting come to life, we “Chalked it Up” to an artful experience.