PLEASANTON -- There were colorfully painted pianos placed temptingly on sidewalks, inviting the public to play them. There were chalk artists remaking the downtown streets into canvases for the weekend and traditional art works on display and for sale. Above, professional chalk artist Cecelia Linayao, of San Diego, works on a 20-by-8.5-foot chalk mural for the Big Draw event Friday. In a celebration of the arts, The Big Draw came to Pleasanton on Friday and Saturday, bringing a fun-loving touch of the culture and creativity. Sponsored by the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council, the community celebration of the arts also included dancing, improv, music and crafts. All the weekend's proceeds benefit the council's Arts in Schools Grant program.

Professional chalk artist Cecelia Linayao, of San Diego, works on a 20-foot by 8.5 foot chalk mural she is creating for the Pleasanton Cultural Arts
Professional chalk artist Cecelia Linayao, of San Diego, works on a 20-foot by 8.5 foot chalk mural she is creating for the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council's Big Draw event, along Division Street in Pleasanton, Calif., on Friday, May 10, 2013. The community celebration of the arts will feature painted pianos, dancing, improv, music, crafts and art work for sale and street chalk art on May 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the council's Arts in Schools Grant program. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)
-- Kelly Gust, Staff