'Art on the Sidewalk' at Saddle Creek

'Art on the Sidewalk' at Saddle Creek

The 3rd annual Art on the Sidewalk Festival took place at the Shops at Saddle Creek on Saturday, and all proceeds went directly to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The 3rd annual Art on the Sidewalk Festival took place at the Shops at Saddle Creek on Saturday, and all proceeds went directly to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

"I had two patients this morning, neuro patients, they're at the hospital frequently - they made a special point to come out and create art, because art has meant so much to them as they go around the hospital," said Linda Hill, Le Bonheur's Director of Art.

That's what Saturday's Art on the Sidewalk sale was all about - helping the patients at Le Bonheur.

Artist Lisa Williamson told localmemphis.com, "The sidewalk chalk, I had to do it; it's for Le Bonheur!"

It wasn't only artists; store owners at Saddle Creek also got in on the fun.

"I wanted to pay tribute to the kids at Le Bonheur," said Denise Dunn, owner of Seven Lucky Stones.

Creating art on the sidewalk gave artists a chance to stretch their talents.

"For me its almost like performance art," said Williamson, "it acts as a way to get attention for my painting."

Lisa's also a sculptor, but on this day it was all about chalk on the walk

"I'm able to incorporate a lot of fun stuff I do on children's book illustrations," she said, "it's a lot of fun, a different art form, not one I typically do."

Art on the Sidewalk was put together by local businessman Greg Belz.

Hill said, "He's been such a fan of our art collection, our focus on art, I think he wanted to do whatever he could."

All proceeds from Art on the Sidewalk went directly to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, which helps the hospital do what it does best.

"Le Bonheur does whatever it takes for the children," added Hill.

More than three dozen area artists entertained with their chalk creations at this year's event.

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