During Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, 600 Chalk Artists Will Create Eye-Popping Artwork

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by Lyssa Goldberg Feb 22, 2017 05:02 PM

The streets of downtown Lake Worth will become a giant canvas this weekend as local and national chalk artists create ephemeral works of art during the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival.

Set to take place Feb. 25 to 26, the festival will span Lake and Lucerne avenues between Dixie and Federal highways. Painting starts at 10 a.m. each day, and admission is free. All you have to do is walk down the street and admire the outdoor artwork.

"This year's festival will be a feast for the eyes," Street Painting Festival Executive Director Maryanne Webber said.

Guests can expect to see various works, like a three-dimensional octopus and a larger-than-life portrait of the Golden Girls, created for the festival by some of the more than 600 artists who will be on site throughout the weekend, including featured local artists from Boynton Beach to Palm Jupiter and others from California to the East Coast. 

World renowned 3-D street artist Tracy Lee Stum will be among them, and she will be signing her new book, "The Art of Chalk," on Saturday (2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Cultural Council of Palm Beach County) and Sunday (1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Bruce Webber Gallery).

The weekend will also include musical artists performing at the Main Stage at the Cultural Plaza and The Satellite Bistro on Lucerne Avenue each day, but otherwise the entertainment lies primarily in the art.

"The festival is all about the street paintings and showcasing downtown Lake Worth," Webber said.

If you can't make it out to the festival—an estimated 45,000 people per day will—and the rain washes all the artwork away before you've seen it, a photography exhibit of some of the festival's street paintings over the years will be on display at the Cultural Council building until March 4.

(Street painting by Hector Diaz and Ken Mullen, The Chalk Guys. Photo by Craig Houdeshell)

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