Over the weekend, Little Italy celebrated Italian Heritage Month with a parade, live music, fine Italian food and wine, a 5K run, a bocce tournament, and more. A folk tradition dating back centuries was the celebration’s key event.
In olden days, itinerant artists traveled from one village festival to the next to earn their keep. They were known as madonnari because they portrayed saints and religious themes in their artwork. Carrying on this centuries-old tradition visual artists nowadays use chalk to create magnificent artwork right on the surface of the street.
Well-known street artists from the four corners of the earth traveled to Little Italy to compete in this arts festival. Andrea Starinieri, Anthony Cappetto, Barbara Epstein Gruber, Carlos Alberto Garcia, Daniel Heifetz, Flavio Coppola, Michael Kirby, Reed Bmore, Tomoteru “ToMo” Saito, Toven, Vera Bugatti and others battled rain Friday and Saturday. On Sunday Mother Nature provided sunny skies, so the artists were able to delight festival goers with a dazzling showcase of artwork. As you can see, a number of the artists created an intriguing three-dimensional effect through their use of color, shape, and perspective.
Charm City Streets highly recommends you attend this annual art festival next year.
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