The Virginia is for Lovers ‘Love Sign’ currently rests at Lake Anne, where residents can visit and pose with the famous sign.
Photo by Ellen Barker/The Connection
Artists lined Lake Anne on Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, for the Chalk on the Water Festival. Children, families, and professionals all came out to contribute to public art and compete for prizes.
Kirsten South, 5, was working on a rainbow in her assigned location. Her brother Thomas was also participating. “I love it,” said their mother, Alexandra South. “It’s a chance to be part of a broader art project.”
Clair Wood’s space was being transformed into a fantasy snail. Wood, who enjoys art, was inspired by “Alice in Wonderland.” This was her second time participating in the festival.
Not all participants create art outside of the festival. Claire Jones, who said she is not usually an artist, is taking part in the Chalk on the Water Festival for the second time. She was introduced to the concept through her girl scout troop.
Sarah Mullery’s older daughter has participated before, but it’s her younger daughter’s first time. “It’s been very fun,” Mullery said. “She’s enjoyed the experience of being out, doing art in the community.”
Some of the art makes use of the surroundings. Charlotte Cottrell wanted to reference the weekend heat by creating an image of a woman sunbathing. Last year, Cottrell came in second place at the Town Center’s similar event.
Participants entered in one of four categories: family/elementary, family/junior and senior high school, amateur artists, and professional artists. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three contestants in each category.
This year, the Virginia is for Lovers sign was displayed in Lake Anne during the Chalk on the Water Festival. Many attending posed in front of the iconic sign.
The chalk art lines the lake at Lake Anne Plaza. Visitors can view the artwork until it is worn or washed away by the elements.