This was the weekend of the beautiful I Madonnari Italian street art festival in San Luis Obispo. Using chalk, artists create works of art on the blacktop streets around the San Luis Mission. The festival is a charity event (see link) which supports children’s art. Nice to see someone is. I hear they don’t have a fill-in-the-bubble test about the arts as part of the No Child Left Behind Act. Too bad, it might help protect arts education in our schools.
The festival featured everything from Farside cartoons to Diego Rivera. It was a windy day and every so often a cloud of multicolored chalkdust would waft over the onlookers. I went on Saturday and Sunday to watch the artists work and then to see the finished projects.
My personal favorite was hosted by the local PFLAG chapter and was a celebration of all things rainbow. It was so joyful and such an amazing use of color. Here is a series of shots of one of the images as it developed over the two days. Bellissima!