Mission Viejo (in South Orange County California) hosted a Street Painting Festival and Celebrations of the Arts event this weekend.
Street Painting - using chalk as the medium, is an Italian tradition dating back to the 16th Century, when painters known as "Madonnari" would transform village squares into colorful temporary galleries. Today the tradition lives on in the village of Grazie de Curtatone, Italy, at its International Street Painting Festival.
I braved the 96.6 degree heat today and drove the 6 miles over to M.V. to see this event. And OMG! I am soooooo glad I did. The artwork there was really something to see. These are some photos I took.