Artists Invited To Chalk It Up! Festival In Ossining

OSSINING, N.Y. – The village of Ossining will host the first Chalk it Up! festival on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will highlight amateur and professional artists who will be painting Ossining’s Main and Spring street sidewalks with chalk pastel. Music, dancing, crafts and food will also be apart of the celebration.

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Children's illustrator Rose Mary Berlin will serve as the festival's featured artist, hosting a free drawing activity for children at 11 a.m and 2 p.m. Berlin has illustrated more than forty children's books, including the “Itty & Bitty” series for McWitty Press. 

The deadline to register as an artist is Oct. 1 Prizes will be awarded at the end of the festival for first, second and third places. Space is also available for food and vendor booths.

“Again the village brings public art to the heart of downtown – a pledge we made at the conclusion of the stupendously successful ‘Ossining in 3D’ celebration,” said Mayor William R. Hanauer.

Chalk It Up! is the first major event sponsored by the newly formed Ossining Downtown Events Committee. Established by the village to promote the downtown area as a lively community, the committee is given the task of running a variety of events and activities at Ossining’s Market Square. 

For more information on Chalk it Up! contact Ingrid M. Richards, manager of Downtown and Economic Development, at 914-941-3554 or send an email to

Applications for artists, craft and food vendors can be accessed here. 

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