Chalk It Up Winners Announced!

by Lisa Del Real

El Monte

The El Monte Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department Parks and Recreation Division held its 12TH Annual Chalk It Up Art Contest at Lambert Park on Thursday, July 3, 2014.  The 140 eager participants from Arceo, Gibson Mariposa, Lambert, Mt. View & 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, enjoy free fresh watermelon, jump in the free bouncer and do Zumba with the Recreation Leaders. 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 Affairs Commissioners Carroll Leese and past Parks and Recreation Commissioners Ron Ishigaki, Laura Arechiga and local artist Manuel Legaspè 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 and a Toys ‘R Us gift cards.  All artists received a certificate of participation, a pack 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: Sarah Ruvalcaba- Lambert Park (Mickey Mouse); 1st Place Most Original: Ariel Marquez- Lambert Park (Caterpillar); 2nd Place Most Original:  Ashley Hernandez – Lambert Park (Butterfly) and 3rd Place Most Original:  Jose Luis Menedez – Cogswell School (Owl).
10-12 YEAR OLD DIVISION
Best of Show: Joseph Farrias  – Lambert Park (Peacock); 1st Place Most Creative: Lupita Mejia  – Arceo Park  (Stay Active); 2nd Place  Most Creative: Jesus Carretero– Arceo Park (World Cup Soccer) and 3rd Place Most Creative: Melanie Garcia- Lambert Park (Pac-Man).
13-17 YEAR OLD DIVISION
Best of Show: Star Chacon – Arceo Park (Arceo Park Life Better); 1st Place Best Design:  Jennifer Flores – Lambert Park (Heart, Flower and Soccer Ball); 2nd Place Best Design:  Rafael Barbosa – Mt View Park (Pikachu) and 3rd Place Best Design:   Emily Rodriguez– Lambert Park (Dragon).
MOST COLORFUL (open to all ages):
1st Place:  Sarah Ruvalcaba- Lambert Park (Mickey Mouse); 2nd Place:  Kelly Flores – Lambert Park (Blue Dinosaur) and 3rd Place:  Joseph Farrias – Lambert Park (Peacock).
This was truly a marvelous event that showcases the talent of many young artists in the El Monte Community.

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