Chalk Drawings Bring Weekly Work Of Art To Central Ohio Restaurant


Although his name is Grey, his world is anything but colorless.

As a child, Bryan Grey would get into trouble for drawing on his desk. For him, it was about art – and it still is.

Grey works on a ladder at the Red Brick Tap and Grill. He’s their Michael Angelo.

“I just come here every Monday and rock out the board,” said Grey.

He doesn’t use a brush or paint. Chalk is his tool of the trade.

“I love drawing, and I think I love drawing really big,” he says.
His task over the last six weeks has been to create a picture around menu items and sometimes a theme. This week he is melding March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day.

“I'm going to do fun 70's basketball player, and he's going to be hanging on the court with some Leprechauns.”

His time is limited, starting at 9 a.m. and finishing by 11:30 a.m. When the chalk dust settles, his vision has taken shape.

Customers have taken notice, and Red Brick owner George Stefanidis is a fan.

“He does well. I give it a nine or ten,” said Stefanidis.

If the artist, who likes to call himself the "chalk dust dude", has a worry - it's that people keep responding to his work.

He says the best compliment he’s gotten was when a person told him it was “badass.”

“Columbus does need a lot more local artists inserting themselves in permanent and temporary spaces,” added customer Megan Dulaney.

It just so happens that Red Brick doesn't have the only chalk master in town.

“There are some other chalk board artists in the city, (an) awesome one at Yellow Brick Pizza… some of his work is pretty awesome,” admits Bryan.

It's the kind of competition that fuels creativity, but sometimes the weekly boards are tough to erase, so that's why Bryan preserves them in pictures.

“At least that moment was there - art can be temporary and still be appreciated and still be good,” said Megan.

As for saving the boards…“That would be too expensive,” said Bryan with a laugh.

Bryan has also done boards for other restaurants in town, and he says of anything he does, the words on the board are the most difficult - not the pictures.