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 Lalita Thurkins is a Pittsburgh-area professional portraitist and national award-winning chalk artist who creates dynamic street art for regional and national festivals, businesses, and events.

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

Please consider donating to help furnish chalk re-stocks so I can keep the art coming during the current Covid-19 crisis.  Stay safe, I miss you, and keep smiling.

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

Footage courtesy of WNY Photography (Brian Fose)

2021 Schedule

Chalktoberfest Marietta, GA Oct 9-11
Chalk the Block  Easton, OH Oct 2-3
Mansfield Arts Festival  Mansfield, OH - Sept 18th
Village Fest Slippery Rock, PA Sept 17

Madonnari Arts Festival Little Italy, Baltimore MD -- (Sep 10-12) --cancelled (covid)
Buffalo Chalkfest Buffalo Riverworks, NY - Aug 28-29
Perry NY Chalk Fest Perry, NY July 10 2021

**Check back often for updates**

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