I met the delightful Chalk Twins a couple of years ago at a convention in Orlando, and I vowed I’d figure out a way to get them to Oakland and to Children’s Fairyland.

It took a while, but as I write this, Devon and Lexi Fulmer are driving across country, and will arrive at Fairyland this weekend, when they’ll create an original work of fairytale-themed chalk art for our guests of all ages. In the process, they’ll demonstrate the creative potential of the humble limestone sticks that have been used for drawing since the Stone Age.

Twenty-six-year-old Devon and Lexi grew up in Orlando, where there are a lot of street art festivals. While they were still in high school, one of their teachers suggested that they enter a sidewalk chalk-drawing competition. They won, and they fell in love with the medium. Devon says that the ability to easily blend vibrant colors is the sisters’ favorite part of being professional chalk artists.

Because Orlando boasts one of the largest and most popular convention centers in the country, Devon and Lexi are able to promote their interactive art performances to businesses and industries that pass through. They’ve also worked with some of the major amusement parks in the tourist mecca. Since 2012, they’ve also run chalk-art camps for kids age 7 to 16.

The twins contacted me when they were commissioned to perform this month in San Jose at FanimeCon, the popular celebration of Japanese anime and popular culture, and we brainstormed about how to get them to Oakland. We brought on another partner/client — the Oakland Marriott City Center — which will feature the twins creating art pieces that depict our beautiful city.  After spending time researching Oakland images for the project, Devon says she’s looking forward to finally seeing Lake Merritt and the city’s other beautiful places in person.

Fairyland is where Devon and Lexi will get the most interaction with young children, and that’s just fine with them. “Kids are naturally attracted to what we do,” Devon told me. “We’re on their level, and we love seeing their little feet coming up to us.”

I asked Devon whether she’d heard about residents of a Denver suburb who wanted to prohibit sidewalk chalk scribbling in their neighborhood. “It’s ridiculous!” she said. “That’s just stifling kids’ creativity and playtime.” In schools, she told me, kids are encouraged to color inside the lines; at the twins’ camp, there are no lines, and chalk is seen as a “really freeing medium.”

When the twins perform at Fairyland this weekend, we’ll encourage kids to draw with chalk on our plaza. Devon and Lexi endorse Fairyland’s imagination-driven, non-electronic, get-outside-and-play philosophy. “Give kids the chance to get messy,” Devon advises. “That’s where creativity lies: in the mess.”

With summer just around the corner, here’s what we want to tell you about sidewalk chalk: It’s inexpensive, it’s portable, it holds a child’s attention and it’s easier to clean up than markers or crayons.

And I guarantee you, when you see the quality of work created by the charming and talented Chalk Twins, you’ll never see the medium in quite the same way again.

“We never grew up,” Devon says, laughing. “We’re still kids on the sidewalk.”

The Chalk Twins will be at Fairyland Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17. To learn more about them, go to chalktwins.com.

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