Asphalt comes alive at Springfield's ChalkFest2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Eugene Springfield Art Project debuted its new chalk art festival, Chalk Fest 2014, at noon on Friday, August 8, at Springfield City Hall.

Several volunteers met in the morning to set up refreshment tables and assist artists as they arrived. The 24 participants each received a 6' x 8' parking space in which to work, and a 6-hour time limit.

Various styles and levels of creativity were on display as they competed for a top three spot and a cash prize. ESAP provided a DJ, hula hoopers and a family fun zone in the event.

Residents already in the area for Springfield's Friday Art Walk were encouraged to bring their families over and enjoy the free entertainment. While not all of the 33 artists who originally registered made the trip, ESAP Board President Mija Andrade was pleased with the results.

"We were actually expecting 24 or 25 to show up," she said. "So it's a success for us."

After the time limit, a panel of judges reviewed each piece and selected the three winners at the Eugene Springfield Art Project sponsored event. Artist Bayne Gardner claimed the $500 top prize