Chalk the Walk to support art on the rail trail

BETHLEHEM – On Saturday, October 2, Art on the Rail Trail, a committee of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, will host the fourth annual chalk art competition.

The “Chalk the Walk” event will take place on the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, starting at Pocket Park near Stewart’s Shop at 309 Delaware Ave. and extending over the rail trail to the Adams Street intersection.

Chalking begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m. Each 3 by 3 foot square costs $ 10 and can be purchased in advance online at Online registration will be available until Thursday, October 3 at 5 p.m.

Seats can be purchased on the day of the event at the registration kiosk, located on the Rail Trail behind Stewart’s Shop in Delmar. The registration day starts at 10:30 am and continues until noon.

All proceeds from chalk sales will benefit murals and other artwork on the rail trail and are tax deductible, as ART is a committee of the nonprofit Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy.

Chalk drawings will be judged by anyone passing the trail over the weekend. Voting for chalk artwork will be done entirely online, and a link to photos of each chalk artwork and online voting will be posted online.

Follow Art On The Rail Trail on Facebook and Instagram to find out how to vote. Voting will take place after the chalk squares are completed on October 2 and will continue throughout the weekend. The top three “popular choice” chalk designs will win prizes donated by local businesses.

In addition to the chalk art competition, art historian Charles Duncan will be on hand to start a public conversation about the murals on the rail trail. Anyone interested in participating should meet Duncan in front of the first ART mural at the corner of Adams Street and Hudson Avenue at noon. He will guide viewers through the imagery of Andrea Hersh’s painting, discuss the role of art in public places and share news about Art on the Rail Trail.

For more information or to volunteer at the event, contact Art on the Rail Trail at
. To enter the chalk art competition, go to

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