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Lake Worth Street Painting Festival to chalk up 600 artists

The Lake Worth Street Painting Festival featuring chalk paintings of scenes from The Godfather and Avatar.

Photo by No Derog

The Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, the biggest street painting festival in the United States, is expected to draw more than 600 artists Feb. 26 and 27.

The annual festival typically attracts up to 100,000 people.

The styles of art on asphalt vary from the Renaissance to postmodern to graffiti, and many of the artists chat with passers-by.

Over 200 of the street paintings are sponsored by businesses, other organizations, families and individuals.

The festival also offers food and live music.

Street painting, a phenomenon that dates to the 16th century, involves original art and replicas. Artists use chalk, and their pieces are often complex and extraordinary.

This event has a Young Artists Studio to showcase elementary, middle and high school students and their artwork. The participating schools include Woodlands Middle School, Park Vista High School and Suncoast Community High School.

Teenagers participating in the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival using chalk to make drawings.

Photo by Jodi Jacobson

The Children’s Meadow enables children under the age of 12 to participate like professional artists.

The festival is free to attend and runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.


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