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Sidewalk chalk artists sought at W.Va. library

July 30, 1997

MARTINSBURG - Matt Hilliard would like the young and young at heart to join him Thursday to chalk one up for art.

They'll get to chalk up a piece of the pavement around the patio of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library.

"I'm expecting a diversity of people," said the 20-year-old aspiring artist from Kearneysville, W.Va.

He came up with the idea of what will literally be a sidewalk art show beginning at 11 a.m.

Young Adult Librarian Jane Levitan said she hopes it will give people a new perspective of the library as a place to have some fun.

"For our young adults, it's the grand finale of our summer program," Levitan said of the event, adding that it is not limited to the young. Anyone with a desire to decorate the area outside the main entrance is welcome as long as the concrete canvas holds out.

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"If people really get into it and enjoy themselves" the event will go beyond the planned one hour, according to Hilliard. He said participants will be given a lot of creative license.

"It's not a BYOC. We'll have plenty of chalk here," Levitan said. Some of it is being made by the library out of plaster and environmentally friendly powdered paint.

Hilliard said he'll make sure there are plenty of fluorescent colors for everyone to use.

Hilliard has been working at the library part time for about the past year and a half.

The rain date for the sidewalk art at the library is Thursday, Aug. 7.

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