REDWOOD CITY, CA — What began as a way to beat back boredom amid the early days of quarantine has turned a Redwood City grandmother into a neighborhood cult hero, NBC Bay Area reports.
Mary Kay Mitchell’s journey to becoming “The Chalk Granny” started with her sketching out colorful drawings in her driveway in March of last year shortly after shelter-in-place orders went into effect, the report said.
Here's a little #SomethingGood.Say hello to Mary Kay Mitchell, aka "The Chalk Granny." Her colorful chalk creations are bringing joy to a Redwood City neighborhood. https://t.co/8oQcewPGGi pic.twitter.com/5483pAIViC
— Brendan Weber (@BrendanNWeber) January 11, 2021
She quickly got hooked.
The 68-year-old now creates three to four drawings a week, bringing cheer to her neighbors amid dark times.
Mitchell also takes request for custom projects for a small fee according to the report, donating the proceeds to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
One #RedwoodCity woman has turned her whimsical pursuit of chalk art into a side career "to cheer people up" during the #COVID_19 pandemic. https://t.co/mgXWUmQJEx
— Palo Alto Weekly (@paloaltoweekly) January 9, 2021
"I got my grandson's chalk and I came out front and I started drawing a hopscotch," Mitchell told the television station.
"And then I drew a heart that said, 'When this is all over, what will you remember?'" Then I thought about it, 'What will I remember?' And so then every single week, I would draw something new."
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