Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival

Italian Street Painting has been a tradition in Europe since the 16th Century and a tradition in State College since 1999. The Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival, which is located in the 100 block of Hiester Street, will once again feature street painters of national and regional significance, in addition to a Young Artists Alley. This year, street painters are adding something new to their repertoire.

The Evening stroll, or passeggiata is a feature of Italian urban life.  It’s not a power walk in exercise gear, it’s a see-and-be-seen event, a leisurely walk in smart clothes.  La passeggiata includes frequent stops to chat and window shop, in addition to pauses to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells that makes Italian cities so enchanting.  The Downtown State College Italian Street Painters invite you to their own Friday evening passeggiata.  There will be Italian music, smartly dressed street painters, and the best street painting docents this side of Firenze (as in Florence).

At least 30 smaller works measuring 6’ by 4’ will be drawn by a variety of local visual artists, State College Area High School art students and Penn State art majors.  To apply to be one of our street painters please email Holly Foy at hollyfoy@gmail.com or call (814) 237-3682.

Finally, our Young Artists Alley provides artists of any age and ability with the opportunity to add to the festival! For a $5 fee, you get a beautiful box of pastels, a 14″x 14″ square to draw on and the opportunity to create a masterpiece!

Street painters will be on-site from Thursday, July 14 to Saturday, July 16 between the hours of 10:00 am and 8:00 pm, and Sunday, July 17, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, weather permitting.

Downtown State College Improvement District

Downtown State College is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the Festival’s Italian Street Painting Festival again in 2016.