Mercer St in Princeton, WV was crowded with socially distanced people Saturday. Families, individuals, and businesses came out in the fresh air to “Chalk the Walk.” The goal set by event organizer Randolph Evans of The Bronze Look on Mercer Street was to undertake the biggest art project in West Virginia.
That may well have been achieved.
The sidewalks along both sides of the 16 blocks from Grants Supermarket to the Princeton Railroad Museum were covered with elaborate drawings of flames, suns, rainbows, pumpkins, and numerous works of “abstract” art. Though several areas did not get decorated, there were far more drawings than there were bare spots.
Jimm Norman, a manager at The Bronze Look, stated, “We’re trying to get the community to come out and enjoy a day out in the fresh air; everybody has been cooped up for so long.” Several participants talked about how much fun they were having and many more stated, “We needed this.” Along with the participants, three nonprofit organizations came out to raise awareness about their organizations and to collect donations to further their mission. Child Law, Inc., The Mercer County Historical Society and Tender Mercies Food Pantry will benefit from this year’s event.
Evans was pleased with the turn out and said he felt this would become an annual event.