A Modern Madonnara

Street Painting originated in the Renaissance, when artists would paint images of the Madonna outside of cathedrals.  The term given to these artists- "madonnari"-is still used today by Street Artists.  Modern madonnara Erika Thurkins is a Buffalo, NY area professional portraitist and chalk artist who creates dynamic street art for festivals, businesses, and events in WNY--and travels for venues in other states.

If you are planning an event or own a business and are interested in booking a chalk piece, please refer to the below schedule for seasonal availability and send an email to ehthurkins@gmail.com.

Footage courtesies of WNY Photography (Brian Fose)

Time-lapse from Downtown Canadaigua Arts & Music Festival 2018, courtesies of artist Larry Moss of Airigami.

2019 Schedule

Spring Rail Trail Festival Shippensburg, PA -- April 27

Paint the Pavement St Charles, MI -- May 25-26

EA Music Fest East Aurora, NY -- June 8

Storyland Adventure Park Glen, NH June 29-30

Sweet Chalk Festival Lockport, NY - July 12 & 14

Perry NY Chalk Fest Perry, NY July 13

Elmira Chalk Festival (tbd) Elmira, NY July 20-21

Sounds + Sights Festival ChalkArt (tbd) Chelsea, MI - July 26-28

iMadonnari Festival Little Italy, Baltimore MD -- Sep 7-8

Buffalo Chalkfest Buffalo Riverworks, NY - Sep 14-15

Grove Fest Grove City, PA - October 5

Chalktoberfest Marietta, GA Oct 11-13

Sarasota International Chalk Festival Venice, FL -- Nov 15-17

Chalk A Lot at Tempe Festival of the Arts Tempe, AZ - Nov 29-Dec1

**Check back often for updates**

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