Sticks of colored chalk, a large expanse of flat stone, and smudged hands blending, softening, darkening, and tinting, created a feast of art in the Plaza Civica in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico this weekend.
Artists sprawled on the walkways, each with a picture, a vision, or a sketch of what they were going to illustrate on their square of concrete pallet.
As each painting came to life, fingers added hints of blues, touches of greens, dashes of golds, streaks of reds, and perhaps tinges of purples.
It was art in progress and as colors burst from the ground, spectators gasped, marveled, and watched in awe as each artists’ masterpieces were completed.
San Miguel’s first Madonnari Chalk Art Show had come to town to showcase Mexican chalk artists’ talent and creativity.
People spoke in respectful whispers, dropped pesos in small buckets located at the edge of each artist’s space, and snapped photos, attempting to capture the beauty that would soon be walked on, swept away, and forgotten.
A Madonnari is a public art event where artists using chalk or charcoal paint usually on sidewalks or walkways. This event was sponsored by a non-profit organization as part of a celebration for San Miguel being designated as the 2019 American Capital of Culture by the International Bureau of Cultural Capitals.
participating artists captured the theme for the festival, “Children in Mexico and their cultural diversity”, in each painting.
Below are pictures taken during the painting process and near the end of the two-day ‘working’ exhibit. Twenty-five artists from Mexico brought crowds and art appreciation to the plaza in order to build interest in art to youth in the area.
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