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. In Renaissance Europe, underemployed artists would draw on the streets as a form of advertising their skill. In America today artists make street masterpieces for the joy of creating and for the entertainment of appreciative crowds.
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. Painters use special pastels that give their work a rich and luminous quality. Street painters will be on-site from Thursday, July 9 to Saturday, July 11 between the hours of 10:00 am and 8:00 pm, and Sunday, July 12, from noon to 5:00 pm, weather permitting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!