Announcing the 2016 Chalk It Up Winners!

A "picture perfect" morning awaited the 150 chalk artists!

5 and under:

Dylan Brown
Ruthy Gessler
Gabriel Harper
Lucas Nelson
Daisy Dirks

6-8 Years Old:

Scarlett Hoots
Kevin Callahan
Deacon Mirich
Olivia Gessler
Kylee Isaacs

9-12 Years Old:

Emma Barber
Aubree Yorra
Aiden Taylor
Marissa Detwiler
Alani Browning


Rachel Malmin
Alice Bloesma
Amber Detwiler
Miles Martin
Eliza Davis

21 and older:

Jonah Isserman
Richard Merritt
Gena Nelson
Leslie Miller
Richard Nelson

Professional Best of Show:

Beverly Russell



Chalk It Up brings colorful, temporary public art to downtown Hendersonville

By Jennifer Saylor
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -- Hendersonville's Main Street had an artistic makeover Saturday morning.Chalk artists...


Artists color Main Street sidewalks

Chalk It Up celebrated its 20th year on Main Street in style Saturday morning, with 150 chalk artists decorating...

Sidewalk art event marking 20th anniversary

Chalk It Up artists render Hendersonville scenes for Garden Jubilee

Times-News Staff Writer
Published: Friday, May 27, 2016 at 2:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 27, 2016 at 2:08 p.m.

The sidewalk art washes away in a matter of hours or days, but that hasn't stopped the Chalk It Up from becoming an annual fixture for 20 straight years on Main Street.

Ten local artists drew a mural with chalk at the front sidewalk of the Henderson County Historic Courthouse Friday morning to celebrate the upcoming 20th anniversary of the annual Chalk It Up in July.


Beverly Russell and nine other artists drew a mural in front of the Historic Courthouse on Main Street Hendersonville Friday morning to celebrate the 20th annual Chalk It Up, which takes place July 16. Patrick Sullivan/Times-News


Want to go?

What: 20th Annual Chalk it Up

When: 9-10:30 a.m. July 16. Registration begins June 7.

Where: Main Street, Hendersonville 

Info: Call Narnia Studios at 828-697-6393 or visit

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They will be finished just in time for visitors to see the completed work during this weekend's Garden Jubilee.

The 20th Annual Chalk It Up is set for July 16, and 150 artists of all ages will cover the sidewalks of Main Street in chalk art. The artists start at 9 a.m. and have a half an hour to draw whatever they want. The art stays on display until the next rain washes it all away, giving them a clean slate for next year.

"It's like it's part of history now, 20 years of being an event is a very long time,” said organizer Barbara Hughes of Narnia Studios. “I think everybody has advanced as far as the artists themselves over the years."

The courthouse mural contains all the elements that make downtown Hendersonville: the courthouse, an American flag, the historic clock, tulips, apples and bears. In the center, it proclaims “20th Annual Chalk It Up Hendersonville, A City with Heart for Art,” the same slogan Hughes used to pitch the idea to the Hendersonville City Council two decades ago.

The mural was conceived by Hughes and designed by Chalk it Up veteran artist Yoriko Russell. Each artist was assigned a piece of the mural to draw, using a rendering for reference. A camera was set up on scaffolding and programmed to take pictures every five seconds. Hughes said they will post a time-lapse video from start to finish on YouTube, where the rain can't wash it away.

Jerry Fitzgerald was one of the artists working on the mural Friday. This will be his first Chalk it Up event, and he volunteered to design 20th anniversary T-shirts to mark the occasion.

“I've never lived in a town that did something like this that brought the community together,” Fitzgerald said. “Ages 8 to 80 can come out here and have a great time as long as you have imagination, just have fun with it.

“I think it's a really cool event, and it's amazing that this has been going on for 20 years. That's pretty cool, and I hope it goes on for another 20,” he added. “It's been a good time. I think it's a cool design that they came up with. I think going to look pretty nice."

Save for a year or two, Racheal Benney has participated in Chalk It Up every time. The Garden Jubilee creation is the third chalk mural the group has drawn up, including one they placed on the tarmac at Asheville Regional Airport. 

"To do this once again has been really fun,” Benney said. “I think we're a lot more organized this time around with everything. It's coming together pretty well, considering the different styles and different artists and stuff."

Signup for Chalk It Up begins June 7. The event is free, and chalk is provided. The contest is broken down into several age groups, including children younger than 5, kids, teens and adults, along with a separate professional category. For more information, call Narnia Studios at 828-697-6393 or visit