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Chalk Artists Add Color to Capital A'Fair

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Today is the first day of the 39th Annual Capital A'Fair in Bismarck.

Amidst the craft, food, and art booths, one activity is turning heads.

Stephanie Scheurer has the details.

Meet Tanya, Mary, Chip, Mel, Cherise, and Paul.

This group is down on their hands and knees hard at work under the sun doing something you might normally see kids doing.

"It's a good chance for artists to do something different," says Paul Noot.

Yes, these talented folks are artists.

But this weekend, they are chalk artists.

With the capital concrete as their canvas, colorful pictures are slowly coming to life.

"It's a bear with two owls," says Liebel.

"Monsters Inc. characters, Sully and Yeti," says Noot.

"I'm doing a beach scene with a little girl and a dog," says Pfaff.

But when you think of chalk and the outdoors, the concern of rain may come to mind.

"People, you know, they say well doesn't it wash away or whatever. It does but I think that's the fun part about it. You know, it is a performance. You basically sit out here or stand out here for two days. If it rains today, we start over so it is a performance. It's kind of like maybe it's our 15 minutes of fame," says Paul Noot.

As all of their vibrant sketches are different and unique, the artists do have one thing in common...

"It's just fun to get out and be with people," says Chip Liebel.

"It's the interaction with people that you get as they walk by and just hearing what they think about your art and it's more of a social art than just being at home and painting on your own," says Cherise Pfaff.

Standup: "Even though the weather will eventually erase the art, the memories and enjoyment of creating their masterpieces will live on for years to come. In Bismarck for KX News, I'm Stephanie Scheurer."

If you'd like to check out the chalk drawings, the artists will be working on their pieces of art all day today and tomorrow.

The final pieces of art will be judged and cash prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place.

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