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  • 2014 Kayenta Street Painting Festival Kicks Off This Friday
    by Melynda Thorpe Burt
    Published - 04/23/14 - 12:28 PM | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The Kayenta Street Painting Festival
    The Kayenta Street Painting Festival
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    (IVINS, Utah) - The fourth annual Kayenta Street Painting Festival kicks off this Friday evening, April 25, with a screening of the much-anticipated documentary film, “GESSO: The Art of Street Painting” at the Kayenta Outdoor Theater. Additionally, Kayenta Arts Foundation will host an opening night reception to honor festival founder Aimee Bonham, the southern Utah artist and visionary who brought the Kayenta Street Painting Festival to life four years ago.

    Each spring, Kayenta Street Painting Festival 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. Growing at an unprecedented rate, last year, KSPF attendance reached approximately 4,000 visitors representing 18 Utah counties, 31 states, and eight foreign countries. Even more visitors are expected to attend this year.

    “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. Also attending this year will be professional street painters from Italy and Mexico who are featured in the documentary film, “Gesso.” All will be present at the Friday film screening and reception.

    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.

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