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Lockport hosts chalk art festival this weekend

LOCKPORT – Lockport’s fourth annual Sweet Chalk Festival, an event in which artists use a parking lot as their canvas, is on tap Saturday and Sunday in the city parking lot at Main and Pine streets, sponsored by Lockside Art Center.

Organizer Ellen Martin said artists from all over the country will be on hand, imitating famous art works and creating many of their own.

This year, a portrait of Elvis Presley is expected, in tribute to the live Elvis musical “All Shook Up,” currently running at Lockport’s Historic Palace Theatre. It’s free to watch the chalk artists at work.

“Sweet Chalk is part visual art and part performance art,” Martin said. “Make no mistake, this is a fun event but it is also an unforgettable experience. People come back over and over again to see the progress and to debate which piece is their favorite. It is a great time to make a day in downtown Lockport.”

The work space is beneath the Mural on Main, a mural depicting Erie Canal themes which was painted last year on the wall of a jewelry store bordering the parking lot.