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Amateurs, students and professionals came out to create beautiful artwork at Via Arte at The Marketplace.

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A wide variety of artists came out to this year's Via Arte held at The Marketplace.

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Artists used a variety of colorful chalk to create their masterpieces at Via Arte at The Marketplace on Saturday.

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Amateurs, students and professionals came out to create masterpieces at this year's Via Arte at The Marketplace.

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An artist blends chalk for shading of the colors at Via Arte.

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Onlookers watch as the artists do their magic with chalk at Via Arte at The Marketplace.

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From left to right, Bryan Rogers, Brooke Cummings, Emma Rogers and Sam Rogers came out to have fun while they showed off their artistic skills drawing a pumpkin at Via Arte at The Marketplace.

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An artist finishes some detail work at Via Arte at The Marketplace.

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Even the umbrellas are an art form. They're almost the same colors as the chalk artwork at Via Arte.

Professional, amateur and student artists took to the asphalt of the grounds of The Marketplace on Saturday to create masterpieces as part of the 15th year of the Via Arte Italian Street Painting Festival.

The community event presented by the Bakersfield Museum of Art brings artists together to use simple chalk to draw beautiful art. More than 150 pieces are created.

Photographer Rod Thornburg was at the event Saturday to catpure the artists at work. You can still see the masterpieces all day Sunday. It's free to view the artwork, and there's music too.