Artists from around the globe converged in downtown San Rafael last weekend, transforming the streets with fantastic chalk murals as part of Italian Street Painting Marin’s Carnevale di Venezia. The landmark event was created in 1994 by longtime Mill Valley resident and arts teacher Sue Carlomagno, who received a Milley Award in 2011.

Thousands of event attendees were treated to amazing works of art that were largely centered around the Venetian theme. Many in the crowd were in agreement that this year’s artwork was some of the best ever in the history of the event, Carlomagno said.

Crowds also gathered in awed silence several times a day as models paraded over the mock Rialto Bridge in front of the Mission wearing intricately designed Venetian costumes created by Cynthia Carlomagno that were paired with the stunning Venetian mask creations of Veronica DeMartini.

Local bands also excited the crowds at this great community event, including Beso Negro, Moonalice, Bautista, Midnight North, The Abe Train, Ken Emerson, and Corinne West, Good Karma Jazz, and Lorin Rowan.

Italian Street Painting Marin will once again return to the streets of San Rafael Saturday and Sunday, June 25 & 26, 2016. For information on how to get involved as a sponsor, artist, or volunteer for the 2016 event, contact Italian Street Painting Marin now, planning begins in August —

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