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May 23, 2014

Cracks in the sidewalk never looked so good

By Jeanne LaFlore, McAlester News-Capital
CNHI

McAlester — McALESTER, Oklahoma, (CNHI) — It’s called “Crack Art” and it could be covering most of the sidewalks on Choctaw Avenue in McAlester, according to artist Anita Jackson.

Jackson is an artist featured in the Southeastern Oklahoma Fine Arts Art Gallery in downtown McAlester.

She recently created a 3-D-illusion “Crack Art” painting in front of the SOFA Art Gallery at 30 E. Choctaw Ave.

“With Crack Art, we use existing sidewalk cracks to create art,” Jackson said.

The painting features a diving board hanging over a lake that appears to be at the bottom of a canyon.

The idea was conceived by Anne Parrott of the Downtown Merchants Association, Jackson said.

“Our goal is to bring art to downtown and we are doing this by having artists paint the sidewalks,” Jackson said.

“Mine is the first one but we hope to have many more.”

She said it took her about 12 hours over two days, sitting, kneeling and standing, to complete the painting.

Jeanne LeFlore is a staff writer at the McAlester News-Capital. Contact LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.