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Check out the winners of Ocala’s first annual OTrak Chalk Walk

The City of Ocala kicked off its Tuscawilla Art Park Series over the weekend with a live chalk drawing competition featuring professional artists who were vying for a $500 cash prize.

On Saturday, January 27, the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Division hosted the first annual OTrak Chalk Walk from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Tuscawilla Art Park, which is located at 213 NE 5th Street in Ocala.

The theme of the event, “O, The Places We’ll Go,” was inspired by the linear park system known as Osceola Trak, which connects the Art Park and Tuscawilla Park located to the north of downtown with the Ocala Downtown Market located to the south.

Chalk Artist Michael Rodgers (Photo by Ocala Cultural Arts Division)
Chalk Artist Michael Rodgers competing at the OTrak Chalk Walk on January 27, 2024. (Photo: infinityphotos19)

During the day-long competition, attendees watched as the professional artists created their travel-themed artwork on the Art Park’s sidewalks.

Chalk Artist Kinitty Blackwell (Photo by Ocala Cultural Arts Division)
Chalk Artist Kinitty Blackwell competing at the OTrak Chalk Walk on January 27, 2024. (Photo: infinityphotos19)

Once completed, the chalk art was then judged by Lisa Irwin and Geraldo E. Rodriguez of the Lisa Irwin Legacy for Arts & Culture (LILAC) Foundation.

Below are the winners of this year’s OTrak Chalk Walk:

Best in Show ($500 prize)

Chalk Artist Sky Noel Sadler of SNS Studios (Best in Show Award) (Photo by Ocala Cultural Arts Division)
Chalk Artist Sky Noel Sadler of SNS Studios was awarded “Best in Show” and a $500 cash prize. (Photo: infinityphotos19)

Second Place ($250 prize)

Chalk Artist Hilary Frambes won the Second Place Award (Photo: Ocala Cultural Arts Division)
Chalk Artist Hilary Frambes finished in second place and received a $250 cash prize. (Photo: infinityphotos19)

People’s Choice Award ($250 prize)

Chalk Artist Brian Morris of Studio M Art (People's Choice Award) (Photo by Ocala Cultural Arts Division)
People’s Choice Award winner Brian Morris of Studio M Art took home a $250 cash prize. (Photo: infinityphotos19)

In a social media post on Tuesday morning, the Ocala Cultural Arts Division shared additional photos (see below) of the chalk art that was created during the city’s inaugural OTrak Chalk Walk.

Chalk Artist Raul Comenares (Photo by Ocala Cultural Arts Division)
Chalk art created by Raul Comenares. (Photo: infinityphotos19)
Chalk Artist Maria Fegan (Photo by Ocala Cultural Arts Division)
Chalk art created by Maria Fegan. (Photo: infinityphotos19)
Chalk Artist Lillian Hart (Photo by Ocala Cultural Arts Division)
Chalk art created by Lillian Hart. (Photo: infinityphotos19)
Chalk Artist Kelly Cribb of ArtNerd (Photo by Ocala Cultural Arts Division)
Chalk art created by Kelly Cribb of ArtNerd. (Photo: infinityphotos19)
Chalk Artist Elodie Huguet (Photo by Ocala Cultural Arts Division)
Chalk art created by Elodie Huguet. (Photo: infinityphotos19)
Chalk Artist Doug Holubek (Photo by Ocala Cultural Arts Division)
Chalk art created by Doug Holubek. (Photo: infinityphotos19)
Chalk Artist Carla Gonzalez (Photo by Ocala Cultural Arts Division)
Chalk art created by Carla Gonzalez. (Photo: infinityphotos19)

For more information, contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts via phone (352-629-8383) or email (artinfo@ocalafl.gov); or visit the City of Ocala’s Tuscawilla Art Park Series website.