Temecula’s annual Art and Street Painting Festival takes a spin onto a virtual platform this year

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An artist creates a painting during the 2019 Temecula Art and Street Painting Festival. This year’s festival will be held online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will take place from June 1-7. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

Temecula’s annual Art and Street Painting Festival will be held online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will take place from June 1-7.

“Most artists, creatives and makers have an online presence, so they have been able to establish patron relationships to develop and encourage sales throughout the year,” Wilhe Augustine, the coordinator for the event, said.

While this is the first year they’ve done this, the event will still highlight artists, jewelry designers, cartoonists, woodcrafters, ceramicists and photographers selling their products in a virtual format.

“Last year we had 60 art exhibitors and 30 chalk artists. This year we have about half that number registered for the virtual event so far,” Augustine said.

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A young girl creates street art during the 2019 Temecula Art and Street Painting Festival. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

Chalk artists will create and compete in their backyards, while families are being asked to create their own works of art with chalk at home and post them with the hashtag #TemeculaFUNatHome to social media platforms.

The Street Painting Competition judging will take place online as well.

“Chalk artists will email images of their finished work by noon Sunday, June 7, 2020, and the Best of Show winner will be announced online by 4 p.m.,” Augustine said.

Temecula Mayor James “Stew” Stewart said in a statement how important it is to show support during this time.

“By participating in Temecula’s Virtual Art and Street Painting Festival, you are directly supporting artists in our community,” Stewart said. “Many artisans and makers depend on festivals to sell their artworks and create new connections.”

Stewart added that while this year’s festival is online, he hopes it will be seen as a new avenue for artists.

For more information on the event, visit http://TemeculaCA.gov and click “Classes, Programs & Events” and “Virtual Temecula Art & Street Painting Festival.”

“Although we expected a smaller group of participants, we still plan to spread hope and share the beauty of Temecula with our community in a big way,” Augustine said.

Lexington Howe can be reached by email at valleystaff@reedermedia.com.