Italian Street Painting Marin Celebrates the Summer of Love in San Rafael

June 20, 2017

Italian Street Painting Marin

Over 100 madonnari, or street painters, come to downtown San Rafael on June 24 and 25 to show off their talents at the 2016 Italian Street Painting Marin's Ciao Bella Roma. This year's theme celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. This event features amazing artwork by the participating madonnari, as well as great live music, children's activities, food and drink, and more.

Highlights of this year's festival include artwork that pays homage to the Summer of Love theme and a chance to meet legendary artist Stanley Mouse from 2 to 4 pm each day. A selection of his iconic rock and roll posters will be on view, and you can even purchase posters for him to sign for a small fee.

Italian Street Painting Marin

Live entertainment will feature songs from the summer of 1967 performed by acts like San Francisco Airship, the Sugarloafers, Moonlight Rodeo, Shakey Zimmerman, and Aquarius.

Kids ages 2 to 12 can create their own street paintings at the "Flower" Children's Avenue. 2x2-foot squares and chalk are available for purchase ($10) so kids can get creative and become madonnari themselves!

Street painting with chalk is an Italian tradition dating back to the 1500s. Street painters became know as madonnari for their practice of creating the image of the Madonna on public squares and streets. The tradition was revived in Italy in the 1970s, and came to California in 1987.

Italian Street Painting Marin

Italian Street Painting Marin takes place in downtown San Rafael at Fifth Avenue and A Street on Saturday, June 24 from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday, June 25 from 10 am to 6 pm. Tickets are $10 per person or $15 for a two-day pass; children 12 and under are free. You can also get a Flower Children's Avenue and adult admission for $15. Order advance tickets online; tickets at the event are cash only.

For more information, visit www.italinstreetpaintingmarin.org.

Photos: Italian Street Painting Marin