Artists take to the streets for the 15th 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 this year's Italian Street Painting Expo, click Italian Street Painting App Request.
Thank you Sponsors!
Thanks to the generosity of these 2016 sponsors, proceeds supported Youth Community Service leadership and service-learning programs during the summer and school year. Particular thanks go to University Art for artists' chalk, Grocery Outlet for artists' snacks, Hassett Ace Hardware for supplies.
We also thank Al & Joanne Russell, Anne & Greg Avis, DeLeon Reality, Elaine & Eric Hahn, Epiphany Hotel, Gunn @ Your Service parents, Michael & Barbara Sih Klausner, Palantir Technologies, Palo Alto Kiwanis Club, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto University Rotary, Presidio Bank, The Blanchard Family and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation.
2016 Participating Artists (listed in order by first name)
Participating Artists' Assistants
• CHELSEA RICHTMAN: Vicki Richtman & Will Parks
• EKO PAYNE: Monette Payne
• EVER GALVEZ: Lynn Okimura
• HIEN NGUYEN: Darin Hoagland
• HOLLY LYNN SCHINELLER: Syklar Schineller
• LORI ANTOINETTE: Jacque Dubois
• MOMO CHA: Naomi Duben, Sindy Smart
• NINH DAM: Michelia Dam
• RAY AKAMATSU: Amanda Yee
• RENLE CHU: Maurice Wang
• SHARYN CHAN: Andrea Johnston
• TONIE GARZA: Rafael Garza