TEMECULA – Painters and muralists are encouraged to enter the 14th Annual Old Town Temecula Street Painting Festival June 20-22. Temecula’s Street Painting Festival draws thousands of visitors a year and is part of the City of Temecula Arts Festival. The Ralph Love Plein Air Festival, now in its seventh year, will begin on Monday, June 16 this year with artists painting Old Town Temecula scenes through Sunday, June 22.
Street painters begin their creations on Friday, June 20 at 5 p.m. Over 100 muralists and artists create giant pastel murals on Main Street and Mercedes in Old Town Temecula during the event. Families, children, and beginners join in the creative endeavor in the family section where more than 1,800 smaller squares are blocked out for participants to paint with pastels on the asphalt.
A workshop with last year’s Best of Show winner, Gayle DuRivage, is scheduled for Sunday, May 18 on Main Street at Town Square Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The workshop is free and will include chalk to work with, tips on how to complete a mural in two days, blending, gridding the artwork and how to work with the pastels.
Reservations are not required. Chalk is provided and participants are encouraged to wear sunscreen, a hat, and bring some form of knee pad.
Street Painting and Plein Air Festival Competition applications are available at the City of Temecula as well as online at www.temeculacalifornia.com. Interested artists may also call Melody at (951) 678-1456 to have an application mailed.
Yarn Splash will be on display at Sam Hick Monument Park in Old Town. Yarn artists will decorate trees, the gazebo, light posts, fences, trash cans and benches to create a vibrant and radiant atmosphere from Monday, June 16 through the Saturday, June 21.
The Civic Center Quad will have fine art exhibits as part of the Temecula Arts Festival and a youth art competition will also be on exhibit. The art festival booths are available through the City of Temecula, visit www.temeculaevents.org for an application. For more information call Gail Zigler at (951) 694-6480.
Street Painter Best of Show winners receive a $500 cash prize and are honored the following year as the featured artist. Additional prizes are awarded for People’s Choice, Best Monochromatic, Best Theme and Best Youth with two categories. This year’s theme is “Be the Dream.” Blick Art Materials, with several store locations in Southern California, will be providing gift cards to street painting winners.
The Ralph Love Plein Air Festival offers a $500 purchase award from the City of Temecula. First place award is $200, second place award is $100. Top three award winners will also receive a plein air artist Aqua Tote from Melody’s Ad Works, Inc. An event within the event, plein air artists paint on location on canvas.