the north face zermatt Artists paint Elmira’s streets for ninth year
Event this weekend also includes music, vendors and kids’ activities
KELLY GAMPEL / Staff Photo Crystal Parks begins working on the face of her chalk subject Saturday, July 18, at the Elmira Street Painting Festival. The Erin resident won first place overall for her original piece, which portrays a woman laying in a boat. Crystal Parks begins working on the face of her chalk subject Saturday, July 18, at the Elmira Street Painting Festival. The Erin resident won first place overall for her original piece, which portrays a woman laying in a boat.(Photo: KELLY GAMPEL / Staff Photo)Buy PhotoThousands of people are expected to fill the streets of downtown Elmira this weekend for the ninth annual Elmira Street Painting Festival.
The two day free celebration of art will showcase local and regional artists, who will display their diverse talents on the asphalt using only chalk pastels. About 75 seasoned artists and 70 child artists willl transform the pavement of West Water Street and North Main Street into a gallery of art.
Eleven awards will be handed out, including best of show, second place, third place, honorable mention, most original, youth award, youth honorable mention and team. The awards total over $2,500.
Visitors are encouraged to come Saturday morning to see the early start of the artist’s work and return Sunday to see the final work. About 4,000 people are expected downtown to see the art, which will include pop culture, historical figures, portraits and landscapes.
The Elmira Street Painting Festival began in July 2008 with the mission of showcasing the positive transformation of downtown Elmira and the artistic creativity of residents and visitors to the community.
This year, the festival will feature more than 20 local food and art vendors, live music, dance, a caricaturist and a craft show. A children’s booth also will be available, allowing kids to participate in chalk art, face painting, spin art, Zumba dancing and more.