Artists brave the heat for Temecula Art and Street Painting Festival

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Loretta works on the details of her wine country scene at the Temecula Art and Street Painting Festival Sunday, June 9, 2019. Jeff Pack photo

The hottest day so far in 2019 coincided with the second and final day of the Temecula Art and Street Painting Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, in front of Temecula City Hall.

Considering the artists participating in the chalk mural competition spend the majority of their time on their hands and knees adding intricate details to the temporary murals on the street asphalt, the jump in temperature added a bit of adversity to the process.

But that didn’t dampen the spirits of the artists themselves. Even as the sun hung high on Sunday, with temperatures reaching 97 degrees, young and old, the artists kept plugging away to create a mural that would compete for the $100 Best of Show prize.

As of press time, the results of the contest were not known.

This year, all of the spots for the chalk murals were sold out well ahead of the event.

Adjacent to the artists, attendees who weren’t watching the artists create were able to browse from more than 30 local artisans, selling their work which ranged from photography to woodworking to painting and multimedia creations.

The event featured art demonstrations and live music as well.

Inspired by the art that surrounded them, youngsters indulged in the craft- and art-making booths, jump houses and activities, all provided by the city of Temecula, which sponsored the event.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.