Festival celebrates Italian street art, beautifies Marketplace

Via Arte invites local and visiting artists

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Student and professional artists are creating chalk masterpieces for patrons of the Marketplace to enjoy.

The Bakersfield Museum of Art is hosting the 15th annual Via ArteĀ Italian Street Painting Festival.

In addition to art, there are a number of bands performing Saturday and Sunday.

Using the asphalt as canvas, watch as professional and student artists unlock their imaginations and turn the parking lot into a gallery of amazing chalk masterpieces.

Children can join in for $15 and create their own masterpiece, chalk included.

Artists apply to participate in the festival.

The murals are power washed Monday night.

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