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Meguel Sumlin works details into his piece during the Temecula Street Painting Festival on Sat. June 21, 2014.
Meguel Sumlin works details into his piece during the Temecula Street Painting Festival on Sat. June 21, 2014.
First time street painting participant Mek Roberts shields herself from the sun as she lays bright colors on the asphalt in front of the Temecula Civic Center on Sat. June 21, 2014.
First time street painting participant Mek Roberts shields herself from the sun as she lays bright colors on the asphalt in front of the Temecula Civi...
Completed street painting titled ‘Maleficent’ by artist Shawndell Smith (2014 People’s Choice winner).
Completed street painting titled ‘Maleficent’ by artist Shawndell Smith (2014 People’s Choice winner).
Completed street painting by artists Gayle and Dan DuRivage.
Completed street painting by artists Gayle and Dan DuRivage.
Candice Landsberg, works on her chiropractor inspired creation during the Temecula Street Painting Festival on Sat. June 21, 2014.
Candice Landsberg, works on her chiropractor inspired creation during the Temecula Street Painting Festival on Sat. June 21, 2014.
Marc Alvarez uses a stick with chalk secured at the end to make working on his creation easier during the 2014 Temecula Street Painting Festival.
Marc Alvarez uses a stick with chalk secured at the end to make working on his creation easier during the 2014 Temecula Street Painting Festival.
People’s Choice winner Shawndell Smith works in details on her ‘Maleficent’ inspired piece during the Temecula Street Painting Festival on Sat. June 21, 2014.
People’s Choice winner Shawndell Smith works in details on her ‘Maleficent’ inspired piece during the Temecula Street Painting Festival on Sat. June 2...
Intensity All Stars Lithium and C4 squad cheerleaders from left: Trevor Knott, Annalise Valenzuela and Allison Arnold, work on their cheerleading inspired street painting in Old Town Temecula on Sat. June 21, 2014.
Intensity All Stars Lithium and C4 squad cheerleaders from left: Trevor Knott, Annalise Valenzuela and Allison Arnold, work on their cheerleading insp...
Allison Arnold, 14, shows her chalky blue palms during the Temecula Street Painting Festival
Allison Arnold, 14, shows her chalky blue palms during the Temecula Street Painting Festival
2014 best of show winner Lisa Owen-Lynch works details into her Princess Leia inspired street painting on Sat. June 21, 2014.
2014 best of show winner Lisa Owen-Lynch works details into her Princess Leia inspired street painting on Sat. June 21, 2014.
Aaron Wheeler lays bold vibrant colors into his surf inspired street painting on Sat. June 21, 2014.
Aaron Wheeler lays bold vibrant colors into his surf inspired street painting on Sat. June 21, 2014.
Completed street painting titled ‘Two Hearts, One Dream’ by artist Maddie Meyer 15, (2014 Best Youth 14-18 winner and Best Theme winner).
Completed street painting titled ‘Two Hearts, One Dream’ by artist Maddie Meyer 15, (2014 Best Youth 14-18 winner and Best Theme winner).
Completed street painting by artist Meguel Sumlin.
Completed street painting by artist Meguel Sumlin.
Completed street painting titled ‘Dream with Eyes Open’ by artist Cecelia Linayao (2014 Honorable Mention).
Completed street painting titled ‘Dream with Eyes Open’ by artist Cecelia Linayao (2014 Honorable Mention).

Old Town gets splashed with color in diverse, eclectic arts weekend


Friday, June 27th, 2014
Issue 26, Volume 18.
Tim O'Leary
Staff Writer


Thousands of area residents looked on or participated in a string of eclectic arts events that unfolded last weekend in Old Town Temecula.

The blast of art bathed several Old Town streets and a cluster of civic buildings in a sea of color. The colors were cast in chalk, charcoal, ink, yarn, watercolors, oil and acrylics by artists and amateurs from 15-months-old to 87 years.

"I love this event. It’s my passion," Melody Brunsting, a Temecula special events contractor, said as a group of stooped chalk artists scrambled to finish their large-scale pieces on a closed city street. "We have so many talented Inland artists. It’s such a community, a family."

With city support, Brunsting launched the Annual Street Painting Festival 14 years ago. It annually attracts scores of serious competitors and designates more than 1,700 squares for anyone to decorate with city-purchased chalk.

The chalk art event has grown steadily over the years. This year, more than 100 fine art pieces by youth and adult participants splashed the pavement with nearly every imaginable theme, animal and animated character. There were sharks and submarines, babes and bulldogs, Mickey Mouse and Maleficent. There were also depictions of the Madonna and a scene ripped from the Bible moments after Christ’s crucifixion.

A city count noted that about 1,200 visitors per hour were weaving their way through the event as the Sunday afternoon deadline approached in the chalk art competition.

About seven after years after the Street Painting Festival was launched the city expanded the offerings by adding the Ralph Love Plein Art Contest.

When translated from French, "en plein air" Advertisement
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means "in open air." During such competitions, judges rate paintings done outside in a local setting. Love was a landscape painter and teacher who became nationally known. In the mid-1950s, Love opened the Art Shack in Temecula, a studio where he taught, painted and made a mark as the region’s best known artist prior to his May 1992 death at 85- years-old.

Other activities were added as time passed, and the city last year expanded the event and renamed it the Temecula Art Festival. This year’s event also featured vendor booths, free youth drawing and painting lessons, a high school art show and an Inland Valley Photography Club contest.

For the first time, a three-hour "Yarn Splash" unfolded at Sam Hicks Monument Park. Park benches, lamp posts, a gazebo and other fixtures were decorated with knitted and tied creations crafted out of yarn donated by members of the Temecula Valley Woman’s Club.

Sunday marked the fifth year in a row that Colin Moyer, a 20-year-old art student who has moved from Murrieta to Anaheim, had created a chalk piece. This year, in thanks for his sister’s recent delivery of a premature daughter, Moyer opted to recreate a 17th century painting of the Madonna and Child.

"It was kind of a miracle to us," Moyer explained of the baby, who was born 10 weeks early and will soon be leaving the hospital. "Her name is Madeline."

Moyer said it is the event’s friendship and fun that brings him back year after year.

"It’s a cool event," he said. "Everybody smiles. People here are so nice. It’s almost like family."


 

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Comment Profile ImageMarc Alvarez
Comment #1 | Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm
I look forward to this event every year! It's kinda like a family reunion. You look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Already looking forward to next year! :P

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