Via Colori® the Italian Street Painting Festival, debuted in Scottsdale, Ariz. on
Saturday, October 18 and 19, 2008 in Scottsdale’s historic Downtown Arts District. Via Colori® is the modern-day practice
of a centuries-old tradition of street painting. Originally popularized by Italian war veterans
of the early Renaissance who painted religious icons on the courtyards of the great
cathedrals, today it is practiced in festivals throughout the world.
In its inaugural year in Scottsdale, hundreds of artists came together to create
dozens of large-scale chalk masterpieces on the pavement.
Free to the public, visitors saw more than 150 large
scale masterpieces being created by volunteer artists of varying ability and equal passion.
Last year's event featured Guest Artist Melanie Stimmel, an internationally known prolific
Established as a celebration of creativity, Via Colori® was first held in Naples, Florida
and has been an annual draw there and in other cities since the early 1990s.
For more information, please visit www. ViaColori. com.