The 500 block of Main Street has been getting plenty of attention lately. An eye-catching new mural by a trio of street artists on the side of Main Street Studios (515 Main St.) was recently completed, and the neighborhood hosted a flurry of events during the 2012 Infringement Festival. The activity will continue this weekend as Main Street Studios hosts a sidewalk chalk art festival along with the opening of its exhibition "Seeing Black and White."

From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, chalk artists (including the nationally known Michael Macauley) will decorate the Main Street sidewalk. The ChalkFest will also feature "street dancers, live storybooks with WGRZ, hopscotch tournaments, food and art vendors, SPCA adoption services, caricature artists and an adult-only beer tent and live music."

At 6 p.m Saturday, after ChalkFest winds down for the day, Main Street Studios will host the opening of "Seeing Black and White." The show features colorless work by Shasti O'Leary Soudant, Fotini Galanes, Rich Tomasello, Amy Greenan, Gerald Mead and many other well-known Western New York artists. For more information, call 866-6603 or visit

-- Colin Dabkowski