It was another great Via Arte celebration of the arts this year. Last weekend the annual event took place courtesy of the Bakersfield Museum of Art. There were lots of wonderful artists converging in one area for the sake of raising money for the museum and sharing our talents with so many visitors to the event. The festival takes place at a local open air marketplace. A wide expanse of parking lot is blocked off and artists are assigned squares to work on. The size of my area was 8 x 8. I arrived at 8:00am Saturday morning. Worked on my piece until 6pm and then back again on Sunday morning for 6 more hours, finishing around 2:30pm. During those hours I had a chance to talk with lots of other artists as well as so many wonderful, admiring spectators. It was a fabulous day in every way.
Many of the people I had a chance to talk with truly felt sad to know that just 24 hours later all of the artwork would be washed off and once again,the parking lot would be nothing more than a parking lot.
The whole experience is a lesson in embracing and letting go, passion for anything needs to be embraced by the heart and soul but nothing tangible is ever permanent...and so until next year...
|8:00 Saturday morning|
|1:00pm - time for a break|
|3:30pm Saturday - sporting the Nevada Wolf Pack Hat (my alma mater) and of course wearing as much chalk as I'm laying on the pavement :)|
|Back to it on Sunday|
|I can't resist stopping to talk with art lovers.|
|Yeah! Made Sunday's Paper|
|Mosaic Sunflower - DONE !|
|Overview of the festival|
Quote of the Day: "The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go." ~ Steve Maraboli