Murals, Street & Sidewalk Art
Sidewalk “chalk” & Street art is bringing creative artwork out into the life, on the bigger scale and at our feet. Enjoy these expressions of art from a whole new perspective.
The I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival at the Old Mission Santa Barbara
presented by Children’s Creative Project
The Children’s Creative Project is the first to bring this romantic Italian festival to the western hemisphere from their sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy. The Santa Barbara I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival is an annual, three-day festival held on the Memorial Day Weekend at the Old Mission Santa Barbara.
Street painting probably began in Italy during the 16th century and has a long tradition in cities in Western Europe. Artists began street painting by traveling to Catholic religious and folk festivals where they drew images of the Madonna using chalk on the street. These artists became known as “Madonnari” or street painters. Their images are called street paintings because when well drawn they resemble paintings. These artists lived and still live from the viewers’ coins thrown onto the street paintings in appreciation for the work.
First of many stamps to come in my passport, November 12, 2011 Puerto Vallarta! We were fortunate enough to stay with friends in “Casa De Romance” which was just as picturesque as it sounds. We experienced the insane beauty of the coast, gourmet dining, and swimming with crocodiles all in the short week. It is insanely beautiful there, I just recommend staying away from swimming in river run off areas infested with crocodiles. Luckily we can say we are proud survivors and spent the next three days painting on the Malecon. After two years in a row painting the Church of Guadalupe in Santa Barbara, this time could have just looked up for reference as we were painting directly in front of the Church.
Here is our finished street painting for you to enjoy.
Collaboration in 3 Dimensions
I’ve had the great fortune of working with world famous 3D sidewalk chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum on projects around the country and contributed my tiny piece to her book Art of Chalk. See more of her amazing work.
Tracy Lee Stum
3D Chalk Artist
Called a “visionary and master in the chalk art world.” Tracy Lee Stum is an internationally recognized American street painter and author who specializes in spectacular, interactive 3D chalk art street paintings.
“Street painting is absolutely the most joyful form of creative expression I have engaged in”