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Palo Alto Festival of the Arts – Italian Street Painting

Italian Street Painting Expo

Is it a bird, a plane, or superman? Don’t look up, look down, or you’ll miss the exciting chalk paintings along Tasso. Each masterpiece is carefully choreographed through numerous hours of painstaking preparation as these artists slowly reveal their artistic creations on the pavement. The anticipation alone brings visitors back both days to watch these talented artists from start to finish, as they use pastels to create images ranging from 4ft. to 12ft.

Chalk painting was introduced in Italy in the 16th century and has since flourished throughout the Europe and the United States bringing many more innovative artists to the scene to try their hand at chalk painting.

This year, the Italian Street Painting Expo hosts a variety of subject matter which reflects each artists’ passion of this unique art form. Replicas of work from “old masters” to “anamorphic” styles, (whereby the artwork appears 3-dimensional from a distance or through the camera lens) will cover the pavement from Lytton to University Avenue.

Canvases have taken on a new meaning if you're a street painter. In fact, this art form is created on the street's pavement using chalk pastels and will only exist as temporary art throughout the weekend. The paintings on Tasso can be seen where the sidewalk ends and the chalk begins. More than sixty artists look beyond the ordinary to create something extraordinary.

Presented by the Palo Alto Weekly, sponsorship proceeds will benefit local non-profit, Youth Community Service.

Jolene Rose Russell is this year's featured artist from Sacramento. Returning for her 7th year to create another memorable eye-catching image for all to see.

As a multimedia artist, her work can be seen throughout the Bay Area and hopes to have public murals in Sacramento and St. Paul, MN. Her many accomplishments involve various mediums, but she specializes mainly in large-scale images. However, when it comes to street painting, portraits are one of her favorite themes.

"I love working with portraits, chalk is an excellent medium because they blend so well, and you can create lovely skin tones. I love making art outside surrounded by so many other artists. I appreciate that spectators not only enjoyed the work when it was finished, but where able to witness the process as it was happening," says Russell.

Visit her website, to learn more.

Don't miss this temporary art exhibit at "ground level" where a burst of color, design, and awe-inspiring creations are made by chalk.

Lasting memories and a new level of art appreciation will occur after witnessing these performing artists down ‘n’ dirty on their hands and knees, creating magnificent art between the lines.

If you would like to request an application to be a participant in the 2022 Italian Street Painting Expo, please submit an Italian Street Painting Appication Request.

Thank you Sponsors!

Thanks to the generosity of these 2019 sponsors, proceeds support Youth Community Service leadership and service-learning programs during the summer and school year. Particular thanks go to University Art for help with artists' chalk, Grocery Outlet for artists' snacks, and Hassett Ace Hardware for supplies.

We also thank the Avis Family, the Blanchard Family, DLA Piper LLP, Environmental Volunteers, Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, the Godfrey Family, Gunn @ Your Service parents, the Hahn Family, Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto, Michael & Barbara Sih Klausner, Palantir Technologies, Palo Alto Community Child Care, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto University Rotary, Presidio Bank, Project Safety Net, Candice Reimers, Wayne Renshaw Architect, Rotary Club of Palo Alto, Al & Joanne Russell, Sahdev DDS, Shinnyo-en, Amanda Martin State Farm Insurance, TNT CPA Inc., Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation and Woodland Park Communities Foundation.

Participating Artists

Check back in July for a list of 2022 Italian Street Painting Artists.

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