Chalk and Chocolate to fill downtown Friday


Photo courtesy of Timothy Wells Photography
A couple walks over a chalk painting by Timothy Wells Householder, who participated in a chalk painting event in Royal Oak similar to the one scheduled for Friday in Wyandotte.

WYANDOTTE – More than a dozen artists will fill the sidewalks of downtown Wyandotte with live chalk art demonstrations on Friday during Chalk + Chocolate.

The Friday After 5 event is sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and will feature professional, emerging and student chalk artists, specials on chocolate dishes and drinks, chocolate giveaways from Downtown businesses and live music.

Chalk artists will be sited throughout Downtown Wyandotte throughout the late afternoon and evening to create works of temporary public art. Staff and volunteers from the Downriver Council for the Arts will be on-hand to create public chalk drawings and chocolate pudding paintings.

Chalk will be provided for those interested in creating their own work of art that evening. Artists from Downriver, Ypsilanti and Ferndale will be featured in the walk. Many of the downtown businesses will be offering a different special on chocolate desserts, drinks or a special chocolate giveaway.

“It’s exciting to see the creativity of our business owners in regards to running specials geared around this event: Salon Mischa will be offering specials on ‘Hair Chalking’ for the evening – a temporary way to add color to your hair, without making the long-term commitment of dying.

Belicoso will be offering specials on chocolate martinis, Total Health will be offering 10 percent off on all chocolate that evening. Michaelangelos will feature a chocolate fountain for passersby.

Wyandotte is a thriving arts community and what better way to show off our local talent than bringing that art to the streets?” Downtown Development Authority Director Natalie Rankine said. “The great deals and chocolate giveaways only help to sweeten the deal.”

Maps of participating businesses and locations of artists will be available at the clock tower (Maple and Biddle Avenue), at participating businesses on the night of the event or online beginning Wednesday.

The event is free for the public and all are encouraged to participate. Call 734-324-7298 or email nrankine@wyan.org to become a participating artist or business.

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