With 24 peices of art and over 15 artists, the Emerald Coast Street Painting Festival (aka Madonnaro 2008) held at Pier Park in Panama city Beach this weekend was a huge success. There were artists from as far as California, but most were local to our area.
Signature artist, Tracy Stum returned this year to share her interactive talent with the crowds that often surrounded her performance. I say performance, because all weekend, the artists could be viewed creating their work. I have to say, it was one of the coolest events I’ve been to all year. The energy of being outside, with beautiful weather all weekend, with all the people was amazing.
This was her second year to come to Bay County for this event. Last year she did a painting of the Dalai Lama that actually looked like she was sitting next to him. This year, she did a Alice in Wonderland piece where it actually looked like there was a huge hole in the ground with colorful cartoon mushrooms planted in the bottom. The caps looked as though they were level with the pavement, it was amazing.
Jeanie Burns did a painting of a scene from Jack and the Beanstalk. The detail was amazing, regardless of the rough and pitted surface. The colors were vivid and the effect was amazing.
Ellen Killough, from the Visual Arts Center, painted a recreation of Lord Frederic Leighton’s Fisherman and the Siren. The detail was amazing, the colors perfect, and the size was actually quite enormous.
Other paintings included an excavation site, beautiful parrots with an azalea, a portrait of Edgar Allen Poe, and the logo from the Panama City Beach Seafood Wine and Music Festival just to name a few.