Blacktop canvas

Students from Monte Vista Middle School create art with chalk during the annual Student Chalk Painting Festival. Photos by Richard Gillard

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers HELPPING HAND- Eighth grader Kyla Petty, 14, helps seventh grader Nick Faye, 14, with his chalk painting during the annual Student Chalk Painting Festival at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, May 22.


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HELPPING HAND- Eighth grader Kyla Petty, 14, helps seventh grader Nick Faye, 14, with his chalk painting during the annual Student Chalk Painting Festival at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, May 22.

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers LITTLE BREAK- Eighth grader Brie Morris, 13, takes a little break to look around at some of the other work during the annual Student Chalk Painting Festival at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, May 22.


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LITTLE BREAK- Eighth grader Brie Morris, 13, takes a little break to look around at some of the other work during the annual Student Chalk Painting Festival at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, May 22.

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers FINISHING TOUCHES- Seventh grader Stephen Cramer, 12, puts finishing touches onto his chalk painting during the annual Student Chalk Painting Festival at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, May 22.


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FINISHING TOUCHES- Seventh grader Stephen Cramer, 12, puts finishing touches onto his chalk painting during the annual Student Chalk Painting Festival at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, May 22.

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers LITTLE BLOW- Eighth grader Sam Martin, 14, blows off the extra chalk on her original chalk painting during the annual Student Chalk Painting Festival at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, May 22.


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LITTLE BLOW- Eighth grader Sam Martin, 14, blows off the extra chalk on her original chalk painting during the annual Student Chalk Painting Festival at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, May 22.

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers CHALK TIME- Students from Monte Vista Middle School fill in their squares with wonderful chalk art during the annual Student Chalk Painting Festival at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, May 22.


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CHALK TIME- Students from Monte Vista Middle School fill in their squares with wonderful chalk art during the annual Student Chalk Painting FestivalĀ at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, May 22.

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers DETAILS- Hand rub in chalk adding shading giving depth to the chalk painting during the annual Student Chalk Painting Festival at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, May 22.


RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers
DETAILS- Hand rub in chalk adding shading giving depth to the chalk painting during the annual Student Chalk Painting FestivalĀ at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, May 22.

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers DETAILS- Hand rub in chalk adding shading giving depth to the chalk painting during the annual Student Chalk Painting Festival at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, May 22.


RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers
DETAILS- Hand rub in chalk adding shading giving depth to the chalk painting during the annual Student Chalk Painting Festival at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, May 22.

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers WAITING TO BE COMPLETED- The Disney Frozen character Elsa waits to be completed during the annual Student Chalk Painting Festival at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, May 22.


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WAITING TO BE COMPLETED- The Disney Frozen character Elsa waits to be completed during the annual Student Chalk Painting Festival at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, May 22.

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