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I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival at the Santa Barbara Mission

A full calendar of events, complemented by the temperate climate, attracts visitors all year long. In Santa Barbara, the challenge isn’t finding something to do; it’s choosing from a dazzling array of activities. Memorial Day brings I Madonnari, an inspired chalk-painting festival held on the grounds of the Old Mission.

More than 200 artists get down on their hands and knees to create colorful chalk masterpieces on the asphalt in front of the Santa Barbara Mission. Spectators stroll the courtyard at their leisure, then walk down the lawn where an Italian marketplace features food, booths and entertainment. An Italian tradition since the 16th Century, the I Madonnari Street Painting Festival has been a part of Santa Barbara culture for nearly 30 years.

For the Santa Barbara photo of the week, we dig into the View Vault for this 3D/ Virtual Reality look from 2012 by Bill Heller.

“Just check back and look for highlighted links overlaid on the image to move around to other locations.” -Bill Heller

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11 Responses to “I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival at the Santa Barbara Mission”

  1. Full screen and I feel like I was there! To watch since I am not an artist like these amazing people. Thanks Bill!

    • Thanks Bob! Be sure to look closely for the flashing circles in the image now too. You can move around the tour to see other points of view and get a real experience!

    • Anonymous

      Good reminder about the full screen view!

  2. SB Seashells

    Love this event & 3d photo! Definitely feel like I’m there! :-)

  3. There is something new in the image that you might not have noticed. As you look around you should see flashing circles in the image. If you click on them you will be transported to that location to see a different point of view. The white circles are from Saturday afternoon, blue are Sunday. And there will be more to come.

  4. SBBeachcomber

    Wow you are awesome! Thanks for the great view around.
    All the sites without all the crowds.
    Love clicking the blinking circles, that’s amazing.

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