GESSO is the first documentary film project about the worldwide street painting scene that has been growing in popularity since its emergence 40 years ago in Italy. International street painters featured in the film including Valentina Sforzini (Italy), and Adry del Rocio (Mexico) will attend this year as guest artists.
“We wanted to screen this documentary because of the story that it shares from the perspective of street painters,” said KSPF founder Aimee Bonham. “In the past we have not invited international artists to our festival. With the documentary screening, we thought it would be wonderful to invite a few of the artists featured in the film to add something new and exciting to the festival.”
Also this year, the Kayenta Arts Foundation will honor Bonham, the southern Utah artist who created Kayenta Street Painting Festival in 2011. Growing each year in popularity and size, the Kayenta community welcomed approximately 4,000 visitors representing 18 Utah counties, 31 states, and eight foreign countries in 2013.
According to Bonham, “I would love to see the festival continue to grow in popularity to the point where families plan getaways to our wonderful community around this very special event.”
Designed to highlight the local community, “This festival brings us all together,” Bonham said. “With most paintings being sponsored by local businesses, and by involving local schools, there is much community involvement and pride in the work that is created here. Our student competition is actually more involved than any other street painting festival I have been to.”
As a professional street painter, Bonham has traveled to several festivals in locations throughout the world including Owensboro, Ky., Seattle, Wash., Denver, Col., Gilbert, Ariz., Pomona, Calif., Provo, Utah, and Thailand.
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. Prior positions include lead artist, concept artist, background painter, and digital artist working for Disney Interactive, Mattel Toys, Hasbro Interactive, Universal/Vivendi, and Sony.
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 Art Village is located at 875 Coyote Gulch Court in Ivins, Utah. For more information, or for artist or student team applications, go to kayentastreetpainting.org.