You can go to the I Madonnari festival in Santa Barbara this
Memorial Day weekend.
The I Madonnari Festival is a fundraiser for the Children’s Creative
Project which sponsors art workshops in 150 schools. The main aspect
of this festival is chalk paintings. About 200 large scale paintings
will be created on the ground at the steps of the Santa Barbara
Mission. Many of these paintings are carefully done by important
artists from the area. It is popular to reproduce the work of famous
renaissance painters. I am sponsoring a space for drawing at the
festival for church members and it just occurred to me to invite
Ganoksin members too. You can participate even when nobody else from
my group are there, just bring your own chalk.
Below is a copy of my original invitation: I am pleased to invite the
church and friends to participate in an art project. It will happen
at the I Madonnari Festival in Santa Barbara this May 26 to 28.
The art project that I am inviting you to is part of this festival,
but involves a chalk painting that is radically different from the
others. We have a designated 4 by 6 foot space for our painting. You
will easily locate it because it will have the title, “United Church
of Christ, Simi Valley”. The theme of our painting is, “There is room
at the table.” I invite you to come to Santa Barbara during the long
weekend and draw something in our space. You may draw a self
portrait, or perhaps an object that will illustrate something about
yourself. Draw a picture of your pet or a personal possession. If
your pet can draw, invite them to draw too. I invite children and
adults to draw in this space. Feel free to build on what others have
drawn before, just don’t obscure it. It is not important that you
draw with great skill. It is good to see contrast with different
skill levels and different styles. After you have drawn, take a
picture of the 4 by 6 foot space. I will collect the pictures to make
a collage showing how the image grew with time.
I will be there Saturday morning and will give chalk to anybody who
meets me there. If someone plans to go at other times, please let me
know. I will give them chalk ahead of time. We need others who can
hand out chalk to those they see there. I will return on Monday and
if there is a lot of unused space, I will leave chalk on the ground
so passersby can draw if they choose.
There is no way to predict what our final chalk painting will look
like. Later we can look at a picture of the final image to see how we
all fit together at the table. Depending on the weather and traffic,
the paintings may stay at the foot of the Santa Barbara Mission for a
couple of weeks.