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Madonnari Chalk artists coming to Tallahassee’s Italian Festival

Published January 11, 2012
Madonnari Chalk Artist

Jennifer Chaparro, professional madonnari

Madonnari Sidewalk Chalk artists coming to Tallahassee’s Italian Festival in February

Witness modern-day masters of Madonnari, or street painters originated in 16th century Renaissance Italy when artists began transforming asphalt into canvas using chalk. The artists were called “madonnari”, after their customary practice of recreating chalk paintings of the Madonna. This 400 year old Italian tradition will be a new highlight at the Italian Family Festival in Tallahassee on February 18th, 2012.

Preregistered chalk artists will compete in the Italian -themed chalk competition in three categories: professional madonnari, amateur and a nonjuried “mini madonnari” kids section. Children need not register. This one day street painting contest is free of charge to preregistered artists! Cash prizes will be awarded on the main stage of the festival Saturday evening. Exact cash amount will be determined closer to the Festa. To register download the 2012 Chalk Application

Jennifer Chaparro, professional madonnari will be the Italian Festa’s featured artist, throughout the weekend.

Location and additional information:

  • Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 12-5 pm
  • $5.00 per person; 12 and under FREE
  • armband allows for reentry throughout the day
  • please no pets allowed
  • bring lawn chairs & blankets for the fireworks! 

5100 Terrebone Drive
(adjacent to Southwood)
Tallahassee FL 32311 USA