Street art festival covers walking paths in color

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IVINS -- Tigers, astronauts and even Tom Petty covered the normally black pavement of the Kayenta Community this weekend.

The colorful drawings, drawn right onto the walking paths using chalks, were part of the Kayenta Street Painting Festival in Ivins. Described as a "performance art event," it hosted dozens of artists, students and professional street painters who competed against each other. Businesses sponsored the artists' spaces, and viewers were able to get up close to the pictures. Artists said it was nice to know art, particularly theirs, was appreciated in all its forms.

2011 Kayenta Street Painting Festival

"There aren't a lot of events like this where you can actually come and watch people create art," St. George artist Rod Peterson said. "When we're doing stuff, it's like a walking gallery, you know?"

The two-day festival was accompanied by good weather, and no water threatened the pictures on the pavement.

The event is in its second year at the Coyote Gulch Art Village in the Kayenta Community, and is open to the public.


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