Sidewalk chalk artist coming to Sugar Beet Days!

Allison Olstad posing with one of her chalk drawings
Allison Olstad, the “Chalk Gnome,” with one of her creations

The Renville Museum is excited to host sidewalk chalk artist Allison Olstad of Jordan, MN for a special event as part of Sugar Beet Days. On Friday June 10 starting at 11:00 a.m. the public is invited and encouraged to watch her transform the Bryant Avenue sidewalk near the museum into a fanciful work of art. 

Allison is a sophomore at Jordan High School, and has been chalking for just over five years. She discovered the medium at chalk camp in the summer of 2017, and under the guidance of award-winning muralist Shawn McCann, developed her skills through community festivals and workshops.  She has rightfully earned her whimsical Facebook moniker of Chalk Gnome.

Allison loves the excitement of watching a piece come together and learning something new while spending time with her “chalk family.” She enjoys sharing chalk art with kids at camps and community events like Sugar Beet Days.

When Allison isn’t chalking she can be found at the lake, playing sports, being with family and friends, and listening to or making music.

The Renville Museum is delighted to provide an opportunity for the community to enjoy her skills and talents, and grateful to the Renville Lions Club for sponsoring Allison’s involvement in Sugar Beet Days.

(In the event of rain this event will be rescheduled at a later date. Check the Renville Museum Facebook page for updates)

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