Chalk art is popping up in secret locations, and Kettering has the clues to find it

Published: Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 6:00 AM

Each week chalk artist Tiffany Kelly of Chalk N' Awe creates a piece of art in a Kettering Park. Visitors can find a clue to the location of the artwork on the PlayKettering Facebook page and participate in a contest to find them. Chalk It Up to Play is a free summer contest designed to help the community discover Kettering Parks. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Each week chalk artist Tiffany Kelly of Chalk N' Awe creates a piece of art in a Kettering Park. Visitors can find a clue to the location of the artwork on the PlayKettering Facebook page and participate in a contest to find them. Chalk It Up to Play is a free summer contest designed to help the community discover Kettering Parks. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Each week Kettering is creating a new work of art in a secret location — and you only get one clue to figure out where it is. 

Chalk It Up to Play is a free summer contest designed to help the community discover Kettering Parks. 

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Each week chalk artist Tiffany Kelly of Chalk N' Awe creates a piece of art in a Kettering Park. Visitors can find a clue to the location of the artwork on the PlayKettering Facebook page and participate in a contest to find them. Chalk It Up to Play is a free summer contest designed to help the community discover Kettering Parks. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Each week for 10 weeks, Tiffany Kelly, a chalk artist with Chalk N’ Awe, creates a colorful image in one of the city’s 21 parks. A photograph from that park — the only hint — is posted on the PlayKettering Facebook page each Thursday. 

Visitors have a week to find the chalk art and send a selfie to PlayKettering via direct Facebook message.

Directions to register and find rules can be found here

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Pose and post with five chalk drawings to receive a $10 Orange Leaf gift card. Pose with all 10 drawings to be entered to win a $100 PlayKettering gift card. 

Act quickly to see all of them. The first three have already been created, but Kelly, who preserves her artwork with hair spray, said they will last for weeks. 

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“It’s a way of bringing people to different parks they might not have seen on their own,” said Sara Thomas, communications coordinator for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts department. 

Each week chalk artist Tiffany Kelly of Chalk N' Awe creates a piece of art in a Kettering Park. Visitors can find a clue to the location of the artwork on the PlayKettering Facebook page and participate in a contest to find them. Chalk It Up to Play is a free summer contest designed to help the community discover Kettering Parks. LISA POWELL / STAFF

This week, Kelly, who says “chalk art is a performance art,” created a large art piece of Curious George blowing a bubble for visitors to find and to promote the city’s Bubble Fest on Sunday, July 14. 

Thomas said there’s been a great response to the contest. “People have told us, ‘I’ve never seen this park before and now it’s one of our favorites to come to.’”