The local community has responded to another community art project provided through the medium of multi-colored chalk and chalkboards placed strategically around Elkin.
Just recently, the Foothills Art Council received good response during a first community collaboration — a “selfies” expo. The small photo format showing drew young and old to respond.
In a gallery gala in the last few weeks, a chalkboard art project was launched calling on the community to express unique ambitions. Foothills Arts Council Executive Director Wright said she got the idea from a project by Candy Chang.
The artist Chang painted abandoned buildings in her city and stenciled “Before I die I want to______.” She left chalk so passers-by would write on the walls.
Wright decided to put a little different twist on the board project and chose the caption, “In my life, I will…”
“I have been overwhelmed and delighted by the response to the boards,” she said.
Wright said there has been some censoring of crude comments along the way, “but not that many.”
Cleaning the boards periodically after a rain is part of of the task, because if not, they look icky, Wright said.
All-in-all, it has proved worth the effort since chalkboard comments have been both positive and inspiring, said Wright.
Some writings that stand out to Wright: “Enjoy the Journey,” “Be a Marine,” “Love Openly,” “Dance more,” “Cure cancer,” “Keep my sense of humor,” “Hug a koala,” “Stay true to myself,” “Travel the world,” “Serve God,” “Love others like Christ loves me.”
One of her favorites from the board at the library location recently read, “Follow what is said on this board not just because it sounds good.”
In addition, Wright shared a funny censorship story, she gleaned from the chalkboart art project.
Wright said on one occasion while cleaning the boards, she found on the front-yard Foothills Arts Council chalkboard that someone had written, “Build a Gundam.”
“As I was erasing a ‘I love Caleb’ or something like that, I also erased that because really, I didn’t know what it was.”
A few days later it was on there again “Build a Gundam,” said Wright.
She was cleaning up after a rain and erased it. Next, Wright said, she went inside and looked up its meaning.
“Some kind of ‘anime’ thing, I think,” said Wright.
A few days later and for a third time, the chalkboard read, “Build a Gundam (it’s a robot).”
Wright said, “So I wrote OK! underneath and left it alone.”
She said it was funny that the person was not going to give up making their goal known and “had to finally educate me.”
Wright said through the experience, she just laughed.
Someone from Dobson asked if they could have one of the chalkboards. Wright said she is considering taking them one.
“I will keep them out as long as people want them (and they stay together).”
FAC had two in the garden for KidsFest on Saturday to serve as “graffiti walls.”
Wright said at least one will be taken to the lobby of the high school for the Foothills Theatre’s production at the end of July.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.