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Inaugural Chalk It Up Festival Draws Crowd To Ossining’s Market Square

Ossining Village Manager Richard Leins and Ingrid M. Richards, Manager of Downtown & Economic Development, at the Village of Ossining’s First Annual Chalk It Up! Festival held recently at Market Square.
Ossining Village Manager Richard Leins and Ingrid M. Richards, Manager of Downtown & Economic Development, at the Village of Ossining’s First Annual Chalk It Up! Festival held recently at Market Square. Photo Credit: Michael Lee

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Public art returned to the heart of Downtown Ossining with the Village’s inaugural Chalk It Up Festival on Sunday, Oct. 19 at Market Square.

Families and visitors from throughout Westchester County enjoyed a day of live music, dance, crafts and food alongside amateur and professional artists painting Ossining’s Main and Spring streets sidewalks with chalk pastel.

Sponsored by the Village of Ossining through its Downtown Events Committee, Chalk It Up! featured artists, both student and professional, from Westchester and Putnam counties as well as New York City. Festival attendees were also invited to join in and create their own art with chalk, supplied by the Committee, while enjoying live music from Mike and Miriam Risko, Phil Dollard and Adam Love.

Children's illustrator and Yorktown resident Rose Mary Berlin served as the festival's featured artist and guest judge. An artist all her life, Berlin has illustrated more than forty children's books, including the Itty & Bitty series for McWitty Press. Berlin was joined by fellow judges Ossining Mayor William R. Hanauer and Bradley Morrison, director of Cultural Arts at the Ossining School District and Downtown Events Committee member.

First, second and third place cash prizes were awarded from Chalk It Up vendor and artist fees. Ossining High School students Zoe Supina and Melissa Twomey received a $150 cash award for first place. Second place, $100, went to Mahopac artist Samantha de Graffenried. Daniel Aviles, an Ossining High School graduate now attending art school, came in third with a $75 cash award.

“Chalk one up for the Downtown Events Committee and all the artists and vendors who brought their artistry, foods, and goods to Market Square for Chalk It Up and brought Downtown to life last Sunday,” said Hanauer.

For information on the Village of Ossining, contact the Village Manager’s Office at 914-941-3554 or visit www.villageofossining.org.

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