I Madonnari 2016 – Day One

The Santa Barbara Mission, home to the I Madonnari Festival
The Santa Barbara Mission, home to the I Madonnari Festival

Welcome to images from the 30th I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival. This annual event, sponsored by The Children’s Creative Project is a Santa Barbara and Tom Buhl favorite.

Held over Memorial Day weekend, I have been an artist for twenty-five of those thirty years. Last year was my “official” retirement as a participant. Titanium knees and shoulders do not lend themselves to this activity. I miss being a part of it.

IMG_9834It is inspiring to wander the Mission setting without chalk smears all over my face and clothes. I like to take photos all three days to see the art as it develops. Some artists finish on the first day, but many will be at working well into Monday.

Today, I enjoyed talking to my artistic friends as well as others, like me, who bask in the swirl of art, food, music and community.

Tomorrow is another day, and perhaps a few more images to share. Enjoy.

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