Beautiful chalk art springs up across Twin Cities during pandemic

Across the Twin Cities, beauty is springing from sidewalks and walls as artists of all ages pick up chalk to offer words and images of hope. 

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Alessa DiLorenzo, 12, left, and her brother Leo DiLorenzo, 10, played basketball near the chalk art they created in Edina. "It is fun to do when you're stuck at home and you're done with all of your schoolwork. When I look at it, it reminds me of what I did and accomplished," said Leo.
Sidewalk art in Edina.
A reminder and a pep talk in four words popped up in Edina.
Ella the pup looked down Sibley Street in Hastings on a warm sunny afternoon as her owner Whitney Owen drew chalk hearts, decorations and the hashtag #StrongerApart on her business Border Nutrition in Hastings, Minn.
Leftover chalk sat near a message of thanks near the 4200 block of France Avenue S.
Marielle Meyer, 11, of Lakeville, took a chalk-art vacation.
Charlotte Hannon, 9, decorated her front walk along with others in her neighborhood in Bloomington.
Hearts and starts were themes in Charlotte Hannon's sidewalk creations on her street in Bloomington.
Debra Savitt spotted this uplifting creation by a neighbor in St. Louis Park.
Terri Jackson of Minneapolis' princely life lesson.
Longing for Paris, Marielle Meyer, 11, of Lakeville created the next best thing.
Marielle Meyer, 11, of Lakeville stepped up to the chalk-art challenge.
With a little more time on her hands when she completes her virtual school day, and clearly a flair for creativity, Marielle Meyer, 11, of Lakeville charmed her neighbors with her designs.
Rays of hope from Jaime Chismar Seebacher in St. Louis Park.
Gratitude for the M Health Fairview Northland Medical Center team in Princeton.
Sarah Boehlke Gilbertson of Chaska spread love.
Wendy Kieffer Shragg spotted this sing-along on a walk in Wayzata.
Patrice Kaye of Minneapolis gave neighbors a reason to smile, under their masks, of course.
Joy Summers of St. Paul said her inspiration came from the fact that "I can't grow a garden." But she just did.
Chelle Rutstein-Woolley spotted this on her walk in Bloomington.
A serene moment in Edina with artist Melody Statz, submitted by her mom, Ali Gray.
A reminder to breathe for passersby at Minnehaha Falls near Sea Salt Eatery, created by CeMentalbreaks.com.
Rangers fans from left, Aliza, Akiva, Yonatan and Miryam Olitzky of St. Louis Park.
On the first day of distance learning in Apple Valley, McKenzie Osberg, 12,and her mom, Sara-lynn Nash, merged art and geometry.