The Knitting Nurse

Rambles and Travels

Madonnari – A Santa Barbara Mission Street Painting Festival


Look what I stumbled upon!

The Mission, so beautiful, (haven’t been in it yet) with a skirt of drawings

at her feet:

A benefit festival was underway. From the Festival’s website:

“Madonnari, or street painters, transform the Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large-scale images. We are proud to be the first to bring this romantic festival to the western hemisphere from our sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy. The festival benefits theChildren’s Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office. The Project serves 50,000 children in more than 100 schools with visual and performing arts workshops and performances throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.”

Donors sponsor squares (or individual artists).

Some were drawn by children:

Some followed a religious theme:

Humor infused some:

The colors of this one captivated me:

Like the popular kid at school, people flocked to this one.  The 3-D quality of it was grand:

A lucky find, indeed!  My apologies for not having the artists names on all of them.

3 thoughts on “Madonnari – A Santa Barbara Mission Street Painting Festival

  1. That is AMAZING!!!! I love finding fun stuff along the way:)

  2. Those are gorgeous street paintings!! Thanks for sharing!

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