Final preparations are underway for the Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival this weekend, which is going to be huge! Nearly 100 artists and street painters are scheduled to show-off their best between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 14 and 15, along a four block stretch of San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia Boulevard and Olive Avenue in downtown. More than 25,000 people are expected to attend. The event is free and open to the public.
Artists will be displaying thousands of paintings, sculptures, and photographs as well as handmade jewelry, fine glass, ceramics, and woodwork. Also, featured will be eight of Southern California’s most talented street painters who, “bring art to life on on asphalt and concrete.” The way it works is the street artist creates “… “…visual art on paved urban surfaces using non-permanent materials such as chalk and soft pastels. Sometimes called Madonarii, it is an art form dating to the Italian Renaissance when itinerant artists often created images of the Madonna. Today’s street painters treat a variety of subjects, from classical paintings to abstract art and their own creations,” according to a press release from the Downtown Burbank Partnership.
This is a biannual event put on by the Downtown Burbank Partnership, a nonprofit corporation that manages the downtown area, and the West Coast Artists. For more information, click over to the Downtown Burbank Partnership website.