Rachel Hartman, 7, of Glenville, works on a rainbow at last year s Chalk It Up Hanover event as her grandmother Marian Peppel, of Springfield, and mom,
Rachel Hartman, 7, of Glenville, works on a rainbow at last year s Chalk It Up Hanover event as her grandmother Marian Peppel, of Springfield, and mom, Linda Hartman, of Glenville, stand by as fans. (FLIPSIDE -- FILE)

UPDATE The Chalk It Up event has been postponed until the rain date, May 18.

The Chamber of Commerce will transform the sidewalks of downtown Hanover into colorful works of art Saturday and they want you to help.

Saturdays on Main Street, a sub-committee of Main Street Hanover, will hold their Third Annual Chalk It Up Hanover on May 11 starting at 10 a.m. and artists of all ages are invited to display their skills during this free family event.

This year's theme is “50th Anniversary of the Battle of Hanover” and “250th Anniversary of Hanover.”

World-renowned artist Michael William Kirby, a leading public artist and street painter from Baltimore, will be attending the event.

Kirby has nearly 20 years of experience creating permanent and temporary public art pieces around the world and is known for his 3D street art.

Kirby adapted his 3D technique — which uses sharp angles to adjust the image to the viewers' point of view— while he was creating sets and props for Opera companies, films and television sets in Italy. But, the techniques itself has been used in theater since ancient Greece.

Each participant will be given an assigned square of sidewalk, chalk and time to do their art.

The square sidewalk spaces are about 4-foot by 4-foot in size and more than 130 spaces will be available. Artists may use any or all of the space. Participants will be told their assigned space the morning of the event.

Artists can complete their art anytime between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and judging will be broken into six age groups. Recognition and monetary awards will be announced at 4 p.m., but participants do not need to be present to win.

The event is presented by YWCA of Hanover's Cosmic Project and sponsored by the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce, Panebaker Funeral Home, Furs by Susan and Wal-Mart South.

Pre-registration is strongly recommended, but artists may also sign up the day of the event. ahaney@eveningsun.com; 717-637-3736, ext. 123

If you go

What: Third Annual Chalk It Up, Hanover.
When: May 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date is May 18.
Where: Downtown Hanover.
More information: For sponsorship details and an artist application, call Main Street Hanover at 717-637-6130 or visit www.hanoverchamber.com/downtown.html.