Artists take to the streets for the 13th year, as the Italian Street Painting Expo returns to delight and amaze festival visitors.
Presented by the Palo Alto Weekly, this popular event features more than 60 artists from throughout California, creating works of art in chalk on the pavement along Tasso. Participants begin sketching early Saturday morning and complete their pieces at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Festival-goers gather all weekend to watch this fascinating live-art demonstration. Street painting's long and rich history originated in 16th-century Italy. It soon spread across Europe and by 1890, some 500 Londoners were fulltime pavement artists.
The festival's chalk-paintings range in size from 4-by-6 feet to 12-by-12 feet, with subjects varying from familiar classical masterpieces and dazzling 3D art to original abstract designs. Past street paintings have included high-tech subjects, Botticelli angels and Maurice Sendak illustrations.
Sponsorship sales of the spaces benefit Youth Community Service. Proceeds raised from this fundraising effort help to bring awareness to programs such as leadership opportunities for young people and service-learning projects throughout the Bay Area.
A kids' chalk-a-lot area also gives children under the age of 12 the chance to participate in the street-painting event by creating their own 2-by-2-foot artwork for a minimal fee.
Don’t miss these fantastic street canvases before they're washed away Sunday night!
If you would like request an application to be a participant in next year's Italian Street Painting Expo, click Italian Street Painting application.
Thank you 2015 Sponsors!
Thanks to the generosity of these sponsors, proceeds will support Youth Community Service leadership and service-learning programs during the summer and school year. Particular thanks go to Stanford Shopping Center for the Chalk-a-Lot event, University Art and Crayola for artists' chalk, Whole Foods Market for artists' lunches, Grocery Outlet for artists' snacks, Hassett Ace Hardware for supplies.
We also thank Al & Joanne Russell, Anne & Greg Avis, Barb & Fred Mitchell, Barbara Sih Klausner, Camille Townsend, Cheryl Renshaw Landscape Design, Cindy & Peter Ziebelman, Crayola, Edenbridge Homes, Elaine & Eric Hahn, Environmental Volunteers, Gunn@Your Service parents, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, Milk Pail Market, Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, Palo Alto Community Child Care, Palo Alto Developmental Assets Initiative, Palo Alto Kiwanis Club, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto University Rotary, PNC Bank, Presidio Bank, Shinnyo-en, Spot a Pizza Place, The Blanchard Family, TNT Inc. CPA's, Wayne Renshaw Architect, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation.
This Year's Participating Artists
Ely Aguayo • Ray Aguayo • Ray Akamatsu • Lori-Antoinette • Erin Tajime Castelan • Madison Clell • Charles Woodruff Coates • Ninh Dam • Michelia Dam • Jacque Keith Dubois • Mark Edwards • Jessica Fowler • Michelle Fowler • Matthew Gallelli • Everado Galvez • Samantha Garrido • Antonia Garza Darin Hoagland • Ariana Hoyt • Marc Judson • Maya Kratzer • Marisa Landicho • Jeannie Llewellyn • Mim Lennig • Cecelia Linayao • Calene Luczo • Anh-Thu Luu • Mercedes Molloy • Eddie Moreno • Hien Nguyen • Vivian Nguyen • Lury Norris • Lynn Okimura • Will Parks • Christine Pasadis • Diniana Piekutowski • Cheryl Renshaw • Wayne Renshaw • Shawn Reese • Chelsea Richtman • Vicki Richtman • Jolene Russell • Holly Lynn Schineller • Hunter Schineller • David Sebastian • Sherry Smith • Corazon Tablada • Christopher Van Coops • Vici Varghese • Marlon Yanes • William Zin
Participating Artists' Assistants
Ray Aguayo • Michelia Dam • Jacque Keith Dubois • Jessica Fowler • Michelle Fowler • Samantha Garrido • Darin Hoagland • Marc Judson • Lynn Okimura • Maya Kratzer • Will Parks • Chelsea Richtman • Sherry Smith • Christopher Van Coops • Vici Varghese • Maurice Wang