Chalk It Up Winners Announced

Lisa Del Real
July 18, 2013 • 385 views

The El Monte Community Services Department Parks and Recreation Division held its 11th Annual Chalk It Up! Art Contest at Lambert Park on Tuesday, July 3, 2013.  The 135 eager participants from Arceo, Gibson Mariposa, Lambert, Mt. View and Zamora Parks and Cogswell School were given sidewalk chalk and one hour to create a work of art. In addition to the participants, we had many enthusiasts of the sidewalk art observing the creation of our talented community children.
During this 3-hour event, the participants had an opportunity to get their face painted, get “Parks Make Life Better” tattoos, jump in the free bouncer and do Zumba with instructor Juan Carlos from P & C Dance Studio.  Lambert Park staff provided a great snack bar. The park was full of activities for children and adult spectators…there was something for everyone!
Community volunteers Laura Arechiga, Dolores Haro, Ron Ishigaki, and artist Manuel LeGaspe were judges and assisted in the presentation of awards at this unique event. Winners were awarded a trophy, bucket of sidewalk chalk, a free pizza coupon donated by Shakey’s Pizza Parlor in El Monte, and a Toys ‘R Us gift card.  All artists received a certificate of participation, a tub of colored chalk, a gift certificate for a free single pizza from Shakey’s Pizza Parlor and free watermelon.
7-9 YEAR OLD DIVISION
Best of Show: Lasha Dominguez – (Cat); 1st Place Most Original: Xin Su – (Elephants); 2nd Place Most Original:  Kimberly Flores – Gibson Mariposa Park (Sunset) and 3rd Place Most Original:  Sarah Ruvalcaba – Lambert Park (Summer Fun Experience).

10-12 YEAR OLD DIVISION
Best of Show: Evelyn Servin – (Butterfly Cycle); 1st Place Most Creative: Melanie Melendez – Mt. View Park (Angus from Despicable Me); 2nd Place  Most Creative: Jackie Diaz – Arceo Park – (4th of July Fireworks); and 3rd Place Most Creative: Lisa Zhang – (Unicorn).

13-17 YEAR OLD DIVISION
Best of Show: Blanca Hernandez – Lambert Park (Playground Flowers/Tree); 1st Place Best Design:  Jazlyn Jacobo – Lambert Park (Blue Hair); 2nd Place Best Design:  Rafael Barboza – Mt. View Park (Bomb) and 3rd Place Best Design:  Alexiss Diaz – (Conserve Life).

MOST COLORFUL (open to all ages):
1st Place:  Aleshai Lopez – Gibson Mariposa Park (Butterfly); 2nd Place:  Ashley Villa  – Lambert Park (Cheer/Megaphone) and 3rd Place: Blanca Hernandez – Lambert Park (Playground/Flowers/Tree).

This was truly a marvelous event that showcases the talent of many young artists in the El Monte Community.

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