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Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival

Including 90 Artists and Street Painters

April 14th and 15th

Streets will be filled to capacity with artists, street painters and more than 25,000 attendees during the four-block Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival outdoors on San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia Boulevard and Olive Avenue, April 14 and 15 from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. The Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival is free and open to public.

Featured will be eight of Southern California's most talented street painters bringing art to life on asphalt and concrete. Street painting is the act of creating visual art on paved urban surfaces using non-permanent materials such as chalk and soft pastels. Sometimes called Madonarii, it is an art form dating to the Italian Renaissance when itinerant artists often created images of the Madonna. Today's street painters treat a variety of subjects, from classical paintings to abstract art and their own creations.

Participating artists include Chris Brake, Gus Moran, Juan Manuel Ramal, Lury Norris, Nick Gonzalez, Randall Williams, Ruth Villa and Theresa Knopf Morgan.

They will be working all weekend creating ephemeral masterpieces, and the finished 10 by 10 paintings will be ready for viewing Sunday afternoon (April 15).

It is an inspiring and enlightening experience to watch these artists painstakingly apply layers of color to create works of art on the ground. The public is invited to pause and enjoy this ancient tradition at any point during the festival.

In addition, there will be 90 regional artists displaying thousands of paintings, sculptures and photographs as well as an astonishing array of jewelry, fine glass, ceramics and woodwork -- with everything made by hand.

Founded by Downtown Burbank Partnership in 2003, the Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival is a biannual event produced in partnership with West Coast Artists. The fall show occurs November 3 and 4.

For more information the public is asked to please call 818.238.5180 or visit www.downtown-burbank.org

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