Chalk the Bay Returns to Harvest Fest

Chalk the Bay will celebrate its third year of embellishing Sturgeon Bay with colorful creations during Harvest Fest on Sept. 21. This year’s theme is mystery books.

On Third Avenue and Nebraska Street, three professional chalk artists – Shelly Heath of Brookfield, Wisconsin; John Soukup of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Kimberly Wood of Saint Joseph, Michigan – will create chalk masterpieces. The sidewalks of the Door County Library’s Sturgeon Bay branch will also be available for people of all ages to let their inner artist shine. 

In addition, the public may participate in a community chalking contest, 9 am – 2 pm, in four categories: ages 8-12, 13-17, 18-plus and family. Chalk will be provided. Winners will be announced at 2 pm. The event is free, but registration is required to secure a sidewalk square. 

Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, executive director of the Miller Art Museum, said, “This public component featuring the visual arts nicely complements other festival activities and offers an exciting experience to see large-scale, elaborate chalk paintings come to life throughout the day.”

Chalk the Bay will take place rain or shine. Find out more at


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