"This year felt like a much more normal event," said Rodney Oien, executive director of NCS. "It's great to have so many returning artists and such strong support from sponsors and business partners." Because of the pandemic, the event was canceled in 2020 and transformed into a physically distanced, two-day event in 2021. This year, artists were scheduled for morning or afternoon times to help spread them out around the plaza sidewalks. This made for an interesting viewing for attendees — by 11 a.m., several art pieces were already done, many were still in progress and several artists hadn't yet started.
"purchased" a sidewalk square or two and found an artist willing to
create an original pastel-chalk artwork on that square. The plaza was closed to
vehicle traffic and the artists were surrounded by the usual farmers market
vendors on the streets. Live music played in the center of the plaza as the crowd
of art lovers wandered the plaza for hours on Saturday and many others visited
on Sunday to check out the very colorful but very temporary works.