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

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

Footage courtesy of WNY Photography (Brian Fose)

2022 Schedule

Uptown Chalk the Block Somerset, PA July 23 & 24
Sounds & Sights Festival Chelsea, MI July 29 & 30
Cortland Arts Festival Cortland, NY Aug 6
Marietta, GA Oct 8 & 9
Chalk the Block  Easton, OH Oct 1 & 2

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