This is last year’s Chalk Art event, this year it happens on Saturday 9/25
with music provided by Blues Judge!
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!
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.
Some folks thought out of the box
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
Mike poses with his eye in the sky
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
First Place was this great jack-o-lantern ghost art
by St Louis' own famous local artis Phil Jarvis
Lots of picture taking going on
And somehow I pulled off winning 3rd place!
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.