The event is literally a museum without walls. Artworks range from classical to contemporary, whimsical to fantastic, inspirational to socially relevant. Participating artists work alone or in teams. Most are practicing professionals and many represent creative companies, animation studios, colleges, arts and cultural groups, and even artist families. Consequently, the artists of Pasadena Chalk comprise an incredibly diverse group, speak over 25 languages and span all ages.
Street painting goes back to 16th century Italy, when artists were first named “Madonnari.” Often, soldiers returning home from battle would give homage to the Madonna by painting at the steps of village churches and cathedrals. Over the years, prestigious cultural festivals in Europe, North America and South American have become popular attractions for artists, arts lovers and people from all walks of life. Many variations of ‘dry painting’ and painting with sand on the ground or similar art forms go back to Navajo, Latin American and Tibetan traditions, just to name a few.
At the festival’s conclusion, participating artists will select the outstanding murals from among their peers. Awards include first, second and third place Best of Show, Best Technique, Best Use of Color, Best Original Design, Rendering of a Masterpiece and more. Festival visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for the “Paseo Colorado People’s Choice” award. Ballots will be available on Sunday at the information booth.
The Pasadena Chalk Festival benefits the community arts programs of Light Bringer Project, a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1990. In alignment with its mission to build communities through the power of the arts and education, the organization places an emphasis on youth development, providing innovative arts programs that unite schools, industry and community resources throughout Los Angeles County. For more information on Light Bringer Project programs and partnerships, visit www.lightbringerproject.com.
Paseo Colorado is located at 280 E. Colorado Blvd. (between Marengo and Los Robles Avenues) in the heart of Pasadena’s historic downtown Civic Center. Plenty of convenient parking is available. For festival information call (626) 795-8891 or visit www.pasadenachalkfestival.com.