Photos: Chalk.a.Lot in Two Harbors

The festival returned July 18, 2020.

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Zhaina Gizas Smith, 14, puts the finishing touches on Pluto on Saturday afternoon during Chalk.a.Lot at Thomas Owens Park in Two Harbors. Gizas Smith started working with chalk a couple months ago. Mickey Mouse was the first character she drew in the medium; she decided it was only fitting she draw the famous mouse and all his Disney friends for her first Chalk.a.Lot. (Tyler Schank /

Chalk.a.Lot's ninth year in Two Harbors didn't look the way it has in years past. Registration for the event was limited to 20 artists as opposed to its usual 200 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There was no live music or chalking the street but artists created bright works for locals and visitors to enjoy.

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Chalk-a-Lot featured artist Lauri Hohman created a piece she calls "Bee Colorful" for the event in Two Harbors Saturday. Hohman requested a corner spot rather than a single square on the sidewalk to challenge herself into fitting her piece into an irregular shape. "I think that's what we have to do is get back to being more playful and have fun with each other," Hohman said. (Tyler Schank /

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Melissa Gerads uses purple chalk to create meticulous line work for a mandala during Chalk.a.Lot in Two Harbors on Saturday. Gerads wasn't sure what to draw when she started in the morning. She found inspiration from a butterfly mandala made of fabric she gave her mother a while back. (Tyler Schank /


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Kenna Coan uses her fingers to blend colors in a giant hand gesturing the shaka sign or "hang loose" during Chalk.a.Lot in Two Harbors on Saturday afternoon. Kenna's mom Carrie Coan is one of the organizers of the event. Having 20 artists as opposed to 200 allowed them time to create chalk pieces of their own. (Tyler Schank /

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Emily Sweatt (right) works on filling the background of her Scooby-Doo piece with her mom Kelli (left) and sister Claire (not pictured) Saturday during Chalk.a.Lot at Thomas Owens Park in Two Harbors. Emily has created an estimated 40 chalk works of art around Two Harbors to cheer people up during the pandemic. (Tyler Schank /

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Melissa Gerads works on a butterfly mandala during Chalk.a.Lot in Two Harbors on Saturday afternoon. (Tyler Schank /

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