3d chalk art melts before your eyes! Freshly back from lovely south Florida where I just participated in the 17th Annual Lake Worth Street Painting Festival. I’ve been supporting this event for years in response to former festival director Maryanne Webber’s gracious support of my work. With the primary objective of raising funding for scholastic grants to support local aspiring young artists, this non-profit event attracts upwards of 100,000 visitors each year and they certainly know how to put on a quality show!
It was going to be Halloween weekend. Add a street painting festival to the equation and what do you get? Spirited artists, incredible street paintings and a whole lot of fun!
I’ve recently had an opportunity to participate as a guest street painter in the Lincoln City Visitors Bureau sponsored Lincoln City Art Festival, held in the Taft area of town, near the beach. It was a small festival geared mostly for children, with loads of hands on free projects for them to partake of – tessellation projects, a magic castle made from recycled cardboard, street painting (of course), face painting and a variety of other art related activities. Local artisans came out in the questionable weather to ply their goods – jewelry, pottery and glass, which Lincoln City is most known for.
Another year has come and gone and I find myself with a little case of post festival blues after completing my 12th year at the Santa Barbara I Madonnari Street Painting Festival. The festival celebrated 23 years this past weekend and the public support could not have been better. In the wake of the terrible fires that have decimated much of the local community, Santa Barbara came out in force to support this unique event.
2009 Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, Florida
What an amazing weekend we had at the Lake Worth Festival this year! Celebrating it’s 15th year as south Florida’s premier street painting event, this festival is arguably the largest in the country, featuring over 280 artists this year and attracting approximately 100,000 attendees over 2 days.
This year I was invited back to charming Grant’s Pass, Oregon to participate in the 6th annual Art Along the Rogue Street Painting Festival. I had last participated in 2006 and was looking forward to seeing my Oregonian friends for another weekend of great art and great music. This festival is spearheaded by Jeff Jones, a musician and art lover, along with the community of Grant’s Pass; they always do a great job at making us ‘out of towners’ feel welcome.
This year the festival had a theme – classical reproductions. Renaissance, Baroque, Pre-Raphaelite, Neo-Classical, Impressionism – anything by a great master. Jeff asked me if I could participate in
Greetings from Louisville, Kentucky – the home of the ‘Hot Brown’ (no Chicago, this is it’s true home!), Woodford Reserve bourbon and of course, horse racings’ crown jewel, the Kentucky Derby. I traveled to Louisville to create a 3d anamorphic street painting for the Champions 4 Her Festival, sponsored by a Who’s Who of Louisville’s finest
Are you interested in finding street painting festivals in the US and abroad? These are some of my favorites:
Festival Bella Via, Monterey, Mexico – This large street painting festival has been an annual event in the ‘Barrio Antigua’ of Monterey since 2004. Boasting international participants and hundreds of national artists, this quality arts event attracts