Thursday, February 18, 2016

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival 2016

On Saturday and Sunday over 600 artists will turn Lake Worth’s Lake and Lucerne avenues into their personal canvas for the 22nd Annual Street Painting Festival, proclaimed as the world’s biggest by coordinators. It’s approximated more than 100,000 people will attend, a far cry from the 7,000 people who came to the first festival in 1994 that was held on J, K, L and M streets.All paintings are made of chalk. There will be 260 of them this year! The paintings, of course, are temporary, with tires acting as giant erasers or the rain washing them away. The festival is produced by Street Painting Festival Inc., a local nonprofit. It’s free and starts at 10 a.m. There’s also music at the Cultural Plaza and several food courts.
Art work ranges from masterpieces to cartoon characters. No commercial or political statements are allowed, with artists required to submit what they plan to create with their application.
 Bessenroth Builders, a West Palm Beach construction company, is also bringing in two, 20-foot shipping containers that will be wrapped in plywood for selected artists to create murals. 
 To make the festive stream better, organizers have also spaced out the artwork, with more works being shifted to K Street. In order to get close to the artists at work.

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