Aliso Viejo, California
Chalk art by Aydé Juárez from Guadalajara, Mexico, who took 1st place in the 2016 Christmas Chalk Walk adult category; Photo courtesy of Kristin Kamerman
Chalk art by Ever Galvez from Santa Barbara, California; Photo courtesy of Kristin Kamerman
For three years, the Laguna Niguel Stake in Aliso Viejo, California, has put on a Christmas Chalk Walk that has grown from 35 participating artists to 150. In fact, the 2016 event saw such success—with 5-year-olds to professional artists from all over the world participating and over 3,000 visitors attending the two-night event—that the city of Aliso Viejo decided to team up with the stake in creating and promoting the 2017 Chalk Walk.
But Kristen Kamerman, the event organizer for the past two years, knows that the success of the event lies not just in the talent of the artists but in creating inspiration and drawing others closer to the Savior. “I [have] witnessed endless faith-building opportunities, tender mercies, personal revelations, unity, and more. The Spirit [is] present at all times. We all help light the world at this very special time of year,” she says.
The event helps those from all faiths celebrate their beliefs and a shared love of Jesus Christ. In 2015, a professional artist named Gabriela from Guadalajara, Mexico, created a breathtaking image of an eye with the temple reflected in it. Kamerman remembers the surprise she felt when she learned Gabriela was not a member of the Church.Mexico, created a breathtaking image of an eye with the temple reflected in it. Kamerman remembers the surprise she felt when she learned Gabriela was not a member of the Church.
“I asked, ‘What made you decide to do the eye with the reflection of the temple?’” Kamerman recalls. “[Gabriela] said, ‘I’m doing that for you. I’m doing it for all of you.’” Around the picture, Gabriela wrote a quote from Elder Gary E. Stevenson, “You are never lost when you can see the temple.”