Via Colori® Fredericksburg continues Sept. 22. The annual street painting fundraising festival closed early Saturday, due to the rain. Artists covered their chalk and pastel masterpieces with plastic to preserve them for day two. "We'll freshen them up in the morning, then continue," one artist said.
The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday along Charlotte Street from Caroline to Sophia, and on Sophia Street from Wolfe to Hanover. Vendors are set-up in Riverfront Park.
"There are no winners or losers...just the collected creative expression of artists working together to support a cause," the website said.
Street painting is first recorded in 16th century Italy, when artists would paint icons in the courtyards of Italian cathedrals. Festivals again became popular in Europe in about 1980. The first U.S. festival was held in 1986 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
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