Virginia Aquarium Hosts Chalk the Walk at Oceanfront

The Virginia Aquarium Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion takes over the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hundreds of artists will gather to turn the boardwalk into an impromptu canvas of color.

At Chalk the Walk, participants draw four by four foot chalk drawings for three blocks along the boardwalk.  This year’s theme is ‘Mysteries of the Ocean.’  Mermaids, sea creatures and ocean vessels all serve as ideas for inspiration to artists.

200 competitors will complete chalk drawings to be evaluated by a panel of judges.  Judges will score the drawings according to criteria such as composition, use of color, adherence to theme, and creativity.  There will be three competitive divisions: amateur, professional, and youth.  The Youth division is for ages 12-16. Children 11 and under will be invited to draw for fun in a separate area. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for each division. Winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m. at the registration tent on 17th Street.

Artist registration will be on the boardwalk at 17th Street, and art will be on display between 15th and 17th Streets. All participants must register by 1 p.m. to qualify for the competition. All drawings must be completed by 3:30 p.m. to be eligible for prizes.

There is no fee to participate, but it is recommended that artists bring their own chalk.

For more information about Chalk the Walk, visit or call 757-491-SUNN 7866.

The Virginia Aquarium Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion is sponsored by the Virginia Aquarium, FNV, the Oceanfront Inn, BathFitter, Pepsi, and the City of Virginia Beach.