By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
If you want to be mesmerized by local artists transforming the asphalt of The Marketplace parking lots into colorful creations, don't miss this weekend's Via Arte Italian Street Painting Festival.
"It's one of the best art festivals that I've ever been to and been a part of," local instructor and artist Art Sherwyn said Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
Artists get to choose the dimension of their canvas, and they range from 12-by-12 feet to the 6-by-4 feet.
The festival has been in Bakersfield for 15 years, but Sherwyn remembers the first year and the struggle many artists expressed.
"People were complaining about how uncomfortable they were painting on the concrete or they'd complain about being outdoors in general," Sherwyn said.
But that all changed, and now local and out-of-town artists embrace the event.
Simulcast host Scott Cox said he enjoys going to see the finished artwork on Sunday instead of Saturday when the artists are still working.
"This stuff just blows my mind," Cox said. "It's on a crazy scale and the dimensions are fantastic."
Visit Via Arte at The Marketplace located at 9000 Ming Ave. It's an all-day event for both days.