Chalk Art at Benton Park

This is last year’s Chalk Art event, this year it happens on Saturday 9/25
with music provided by Blues Judge!
Greetings

Greetings

After a week of bone chilling rain here in St Louis, the clouds parted and we were blessed with a perfect sunny day for the Benton Park Chalk Art Festival. This 11th Annual Chalk Art Exhibit, Competition and Festival in the Benton Park Neighborhood was held in Historic Benton Park at Arsenal Street & Jefferson Avenue on and around the award winning Strolling Bridge. Walter Knoll Florist was pleased to help sponsor the event – Walter Knoll Florist Gift Cards were given to the first 25 paying adults. For $20 each adult entrant got a pair of cotton gloves, a box of brilliant colored chalk and a piece of the sidewalk! Kids were $1 and received free treasure bags. Viewing of course was Free!

Sponsors

Sponsors

Kids are free

Kids are free

Young and old alike got into the act and everyone had a great time.

Even Uncle Rich got into the act - He's just a big kid at heart.

Even Uncle Rich got into the act - He's just a big kid at heart.

Some folks thought out of the box

Some folks thought out of the box

At first glance, flowers, second glance - Dog Paws

At first glance - flowers, second glance - Dog Paws

4th place is this wonderful pyramid image

This one is going to pop out of the sidewalk

This one is going to pop out of the sidewalk

2nd place:

Mike poses with his eye in the sky

Mike poses with his eye in the sky

Image stolen from a TV tray by yours truly

Image stolen from a TV tray by yours truly

This young fellow was enamored with the buildings in drawing 17 - he did a great job

This young fellow was enamored with the buildings in drawing 17 - he did a great job

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First Place was this great jack-o-lantern ghost art

by St Louis' own famous local artist Phil Jarvis

by St Louis' own famous local artis Phil Jarvis

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Lots of picture taking going on

Lots of picture taking going on

And somehow I pulled off winning 3rd place!

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Frogs and Toads!

Do you know the difference between frogs and toads?

Above, with dry, bumpy-warty skin, stubby body and short hind legs is a toad.

Below, with smooth, slimy-moist skin, long legs and webbed feet is a frog.

Personally, I’ll stick with the flower arranging frogs – they’re fun to collect and great to use for flower arranging and all sorts of things.

These pin type frogs are great to stack into architectural designs on the mantle – folks are always intrigued and wonder “what are those”!

My personal favorite frog is this next one, I love it can be “shaped” to fit any dish or vase.

I used to have a showcase at the Treasure Isles Antique Mall over on Big Bend, sold tons of frogs and water sprinklers and my dusty collection of McCoy pottery. Fun place to spend a rainy afternoon! Check it out sometime. Perhaps you’ll find the frog you are looking for!

Of course the point of the flower frogs is to hold stems upright in either a low flat dish or vase. These photos (except for the amphibians) are of vintage and used flower frogs, but many varieties are still available new and can be purchased at most flower shops. Buy why arrange your own flowers when you can get such a great selection at Walter Knoll Florist! Here is an arrangement with rocks used like a flower frog to hold the stems upright Tropical Oasis.