With support from the St. George Convention and Tourism Office and DOCUTAH, the Festival will present the film screening Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m., at the Kayenta Outdoor Theater. The following two days, artists will take to the asphalt creating masterpiece murals from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Considered a global art movement, street painting surfaced in 1973 and is known for taking the urban world by storm in the last 10 years. “GESSO” introduces some of the world’s most renowned, dedicated and talented street painters including two artists who will be present and featured at the 2014 Kayenta Street Painting Festival: Adry Del Rocio of Mexico, and Valentina Sforzini of Italy.
“We are very honored to be one of the first locations to screen this film,” said Aimee Bonham, founder of Kayenta Street Painting Festival. “With two of the artists featured in the film attending our festival this year, we are thrilled to be offering a screening – what a treat for our community.”
Bonham says she has been waiting with excitement and anticipation to view the documentary. “It is very exciting to have two of the artists featured in the film coming to southern Utah,” she said. “The worldwide street painting community has been anxiously awaiting the release of ‘GESSO’ and how it will help viewers understand what draws artists to street painting and what compels them to dedicate their lives to this unique art form.”
In addition, opening night will also include a reception honoring Bonham, the southern Utah artist who brought the Kayenta Street Painting Festival to life four years ago. “It was really at the encouragement of my family that made me want to do this,” she said. “It felt like street painting would be a perfect fit in our arts and culture-oriented community.”
Each spring, KSPF brings students and professional artists together for a full weekend of creating colorful, chalk-art expositions. Using asphalt for a canvas and chalk as a medium, large painted murals unfold at the hands of artists over the course of two days and right at the feet of thousands of spectators. Last year, KSPF attendance reached approximately 4,000 visitors representing 18 Utah counties, 31 states, and eight foreign countries.
“This is a great opportunity for artists and spectators in our community,” Bonham said. “Each year, the event brings business, community, artists and students together for an amazing collaborative event. It has been neat to see the festival take off as it has and it is such a great event to be a part of.”
This year’s featured artist will be Delphine Anaya, an artist and street painter from Santa Barbara, Calif. Anaya works as a digital and visual arts teacher at Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara. Anaya is an accomplished artist whose street painting work is often figurative and religious.
Kayenta Street Painting Festival is a program of Kayenta Arts Foundation, a Utah non-profit corporation. This year, the festival will provide asphalt squares to youth interested in participating with a personal set of pastels for $5. There will also be a sprawling doodle that is free for anyone interested in participating.
Kayenta Street Painting Festival is a program of Kayenta Arts Foundation, a Utah non-profit corporation.
Kayenta Art Village is located at 875 Coyote Gulch Court in Ivins, Utah. For more information about the festival, go to kayentastreetpainting.org. Admission to the festival is free. Admission to the April 25 screening of “GESSO” is $5.