The Italian Street Painting Expo, presented by the Palo Alto Weekly will celebrate its 16th year featuring more than 60 artists along Tasso between University and Lytton Avenues. These artists will showcase their chalk paintings on asphalt canvases.
Ever Galvez, resident of Fullerton, CA will be traveling to the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts to create a 13ft. by 13ft. chalk painting for the Italian Street Painting Expo.
Galvez, a recent newlywed, is an award-winning chalk artist and known for his vibrant colors and vivid works both nationally and internationally. As a fine art artist, he’s been classically trained in painting, drawing, sculpture and traditional animation.
"The true colors of an object is the interpretation of our own experiences in life. My surroundings made me achieve those experiences through the years. Through art, I can capture a moment in time and transform and express it for everyone to see," says Galvez.
Over 80 percent of this year’s participating artists live in cities 2-8 hours away. Many come from either Northern or Southern California; while some are from Tampa, Florida; Montreal, Canada; Tempe, Arizona; Anchorage, Alaska; as well as San Jose, Santa Clara and Palo Alto.
Preparation for these squares prior to the event take numerous hours; whether it be spent replicating an image or creating an original—and let's not forget the travel time involved. Once at the festival, it takes kneeling on the ground for endless hours each day to produce these masterpieces. Doing this on a voluntary basis demonstrates a true passion for the arts.
Youth Community Service, beneficiary of this extraordinary exhibition, raises funds through sponsorship sales. Monies raised benefit young people through various programs throughout the Bay Area.
Be sure to stop by and view this temporary performance art exhibition both Saturday and Sunday.
Children under the age of 12 can also participate at the Kids’ Chalk-A-Lot area for a minimal fee.
If you would like request an application to be a participant in next year's Italian Street Painting Expo, click Italian Street Painting App Request.
Thank you Sponsors!
Thanks to the generosity of these 2017 sponsors, proceeds support 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, and Hassett Ace Hardware for supplies.
We also thank Anne & Greg Avis, the Blanchard Family, DeLeon Realty, DLA Piper LLP, Epiphany Hotel, the Godfrey Family, Gunn @ Your Service parents, Elaine & Eric Hahn, 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, Wayne Renshaw Architect, Al & Joanne Russell, Shinnyo-en, Amanda Martin State Farm Insurance, Michael & Rebecca Teutschel, Camille Townsend, Vino Locale Wine Bar & Bistro, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation.
Participating Artists (listed in order by first name)
Participating Artists' Assistants
Andrea Johnston: Miya Johnston
Anh-Thu Luu: Mai-anh Tran
Brandy Lee Snowden: Travis Pippin
Eliana Aguayo: Christian Lopez
Gus Moran: Lisa Ayala
Holly Lynn Schineller: Skylar Jay Schineller
Joe Mandrick: Arnold Galano
Lori Antoinette: Jacque Keith Dubois
Pam Stalker: Olivia Stalker
Maria Corazon Tablada: Deepti
Ninh Dam: Michelia Dam
Renle Chu: Maurice Wang
Tonie Garza: Rafael Garza