Formerly known as “Arts in the Park”, the event has a new name this year. According to founder and Executive Director Barbara Hinton, the festival began in a park in Ventura in 2009. Street painting was added four years ago, so the new name better reflects the nature of the event and its location.
Sculptor Arline Tepper has been selected as this year’s Featured Artist. Arline, a California native, pursued artistic endeavors from an early age, but didn’t begin sculpting until she was forty-eight. Since then, she has shown her sculptures in many juried shows from Santa Barbara to Thousand Oaks and earned quite a few award ribbons.
Tepper says that each sculpture she creates is one of a kind because each stone is unique. She describes her style as somewhat minimalist: the more colorful the stone, the less detailed her sculpture. She prefers to use hand tools and says that it is really her job just to enhance the beauty of the stone, because ultimately, “the stone is the star.” As she has done in past festivals, Arline will be sculpting at her booth.
Ventura born artist Dawn Reily, who has a studio at Bell Arts in Ventura, will be among the 35 street painters who will be transforming some of the sidewalks at the Harbor into works of art. She has been creating street paintings for about twenty years--since she was 16. In fact, she ticked an item off of her bucket list several years ago when she went to Florence, Italy to do a street painting where the tradition started. Reily has participated as a street painter in the festival since street painting was added in 2011. Recently, she has been doing some street painting at the Pacific View Mall’s Food Truck Friday event. She will also have a booth at the festival.
A limited number of chalk art squares are available for sponsorship by companies or individuals and will feature the sponsor’s name. Sponsorships can be purchased through FOOD SHARE.
Admission to the event is free. For questions or sponsorship information, please contact Suzy Cummings at FOOD Share at (805) 983-7100 ext. 119.
About FOOD Share:
More than 35 years ago, eight citizens performed a good deed by distributing food to those who were in need underneath a Ventura bridge. The early philanthropic movement quickly formed into what is now Ventura County’s regional food bank, FOOD Share, which has grown from serving a few hundred hungry people per month to 74,500 people. Today, staff and volunteers distribute more than 10 million pounds of food annually from two warehouses; more than 180 partner agencies, which include neighborhood and church food distributions and soup kitchens; as well as hunger assistance programs. FOOD Share’s programs provide healthy nutrition and education to children, families and seniors, which include: Kids’ Farmers Market, SENIOR Share, Nutrition Education, Community Market, SoCal Gas CARE Program, ART Share and more. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, FOOD Share is a member of the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. For more information about FOOD Share, visit www.foodshare.com. Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/