My Sister, the Artist
When my sister Marty, who lives in Missouri, comes to Florida in February, she is looking for sun and beach time to thaw out. In addition, the last few years, she came to be an artist in the annual Lake Worth Street Painting Festival.
This year, Marty is recovering from shoulder surgery, and crawling around on the pavement for two days while drawing with chalk is not conducive to healing. Hopefully, she will be back next year.
What She Missed
This morning, I wandered the streets that had been closed to traffic for the festival. Artists began their projects on Saturday and were completing them today. It was sunny and hot, but no matter, the streets were crowded with spectators.
This is the 20th year of the festival, and the theme was the movies. I am amazed at the talent of the artists. It has to be really difficult to draw flawless portraits on shell rock and asphalt with nothing but chalk.
Artists, Spectators, Kids and Dogs
The festival is spectator, children and dog friendly. There are always lots of dogs, and today they all had something in common. They were panting and would head for the shade at every opportunity. I think doggie drinking fountains under the trees would have been a huge hit.
One city block is set aside for children to have their own area to create chalk paintings.
The special area is laid out with child-sized sections, and chalk is provided so they can create their own street paintings.
A Few ‘Bests’ of the Day
The artwork isn’t the only thing I enjoy when I go to this festival. People watching is always good. People with their animals are even better.
Besides the sunhats on the little girls in the picture, there were a couple of other things that caught my eye for no particular reason except that I liked them. Tattoos were everywhere, but the one that grabbed my attention was the lion on this artist’s shoulder. It was stunning.
There are many places to get good food along Lucerne and Lake Avenue in Lake Worth. Also, there were food and drink vendors of all kinds on the streets during the festival. This ‘soup of the day’ sign definitely knew the mood of the day.
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