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Call to artists for this year's Via Arte

Calling all artists: The Via Arte Italian Street Painting Festival returns to The Marketplace on Oct. 16 and 17.

The Bakersfield Museum of Art is now accepting applications for those who want to participate in creating temporary works of art for the annual event.

This year's festival will feature an option of three different square sizes: 4-by-6-feet (vertical), 7-by-7-feet or 8-by-12 feet (vertical).

Artists may submit up to three images they are interested in recreating with the committee having final say. Recreation of a masterwork is encouraged but artists can submit an original piece of their own art or one from a contemporary artist (with verified permission from the original creator).

Participants must be 18 or older and in good physical health to take part in the festival. 

Safety protocols put in place last year will remain in effect including having artists maintain a distance of 6 feet from other artists, museum staff and attendees.

Submissions must be submitted by Sept. 26. Forms are available at

Those selected to participate will be notified by Oct. 4.

Returning this year are student artists and Via Bambino squares for budding creatives.

Up to six high school students can work on one 7-by-7-foot square. Students or teachers can visit to register their school group.

And families can get in on the fun by purchasing a Via Bambino square for their child. For $20, the young artist will receive a 12-piece of box of professional artists chalk and a designated 2-by-2-foot square. Additional squares can be purchased to increase the work space.

Via Bambino squares, which are limited, must be purchased on site during the festival, and squares and chalk will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Event sponsorships, which start at $250, are available now. Head to for more details.

All proceeds support the Bakersfield Museum of Art.

The festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 16 and 17 at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave.

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Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

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