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Arts Roundup: Chalk It Up, Airport Art, First Thursday
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Chalk It Up is set for Saturday at Amarillo College.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

In this roundup of the latest in arts news, get details on how to watch sidewalk chalk artists at work, and see who's the latest to exhibit at the Amarillo airport.


Chalk It Up

The Oeschger Family Mall on the Washington Street campus of Amarillo College will be packed Saturday with 36 artists creating fantastical visions in chalk.

The first Chalk It Up sidewalk chalk art contest will pit artists against each other for bragging rights and cash prizes. The contest will run 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

"We've mapped it out so that everyone will be able to walk through and see everything," said Kevin Ball, AC vice president of communications and marketing.

Participating artists include professionals and students from both AC and West Texas A&M University, among others. 

"We'll have comical work, fine art and everything in between," Ball said.

A panel of judges representing the local art community and onlookers will decide the winners. Prizes are $500 for first place, $250 for second, $100 for third and $50 for Fan Favorite.

Children can create their own drawings during the event in a special section of the mall, where chalk will be provided.

Call 806-371-5000.


Airport Art

Commercial photographer Jim Livingston is the latest artist selected to hang works at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.

Livingston's works will be on view through mid-November on the large gray wall outside the entrance to the Transportation Security Administration hall at the airport.

The wall is a joint project of the Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council Arts Committee, the airport and the City of Amarillo.

Livingston began working as a professional photographer after time in the legal field and in social work. The images in this exhibition depict scenes from the outdoor musical Texas and views of the Panhandle as it might have looked when the musical was set in the 1800s.

Applications to hang work in the future are available by calling Kashion Smith at 806-342-2023 or emailing her at


First Thursday Art Show

The 806 Coffee + Lounge and Art Collective will celebrate the coffee shop's 10th anniversary at its monthly First Thursday Art Show.

Artists can submit ready-to-hang work in any style Aug. 1 and 2 for the show, which opens Aug. 3 in the shop, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.

A reception runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 3, featuring music by Brian and Dane Wynne.

The group show will be on view for a month.

Call 806-322-1806.


Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.