The arts will collide in Old Town Temecula as the Ralph Love Plein Air Festival and the 12th Annual Temecula Street Painting Festival take over from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 22-24 in Old Town Temecula.
The 2011 Best of Show artist and muralist Cecelia Linayao will return as 2012’s featured artist of the Street Painting Festival.
“Cecelia travels around the world as a commissioned street painter so we are always honored when she joins us. She was commissioned by the Chinese Olympics to do street painting commemorating the Olympics and has painted in South America, Montreal and Mexico City,” said Melody Brunsting of Old Town Temecula Events in a statement.
Thousands are expected to attend the event that will take place in front of Temecula’s City Hall. All are welcome to come observe artists at work, and even participate during the street painting festival.
Spectators can view over 100 enormous asphalt murals creations. The Best in Show award will again be an invitation to participate as featured artist in 2013, along with a $500 cash prize.
Among the street painting muralists participating are: Lee Rupp, 85-year-old Colleen Baker-Huber, Gayle DuRivage, Rebecca Hayes, Jen Hauser, Phillip Hauser Jr., Frank Faldmo, and Sydney Marquez.
Described as “an event within the event,” the 5th Annual Ralph Love Plein Air Festival draws artists who will spread out around Old Town Temecula, painting Friday night, throughout the weekend and wherever the scenery dictates.
The Plein Air artists will compete to depict the ideal scene to represent Old Town Temecula in the manner of famed Temecula teacher and artist, Ralph Love.
Prizes will be the $1,000 Best in Show Sponsor Purchase Award, in addition to the Mayor’s Purchase Award prize of $500. First place will be a $200 cash award, and a weekend stay at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. The Plein Air second place prize will be $100. Other prizes will include People’s Choice Award, best Monochromatic, and Best Youth.
Forty exhibitors are expected this year, including Nancy Holly (of Laguna Beach fame), Cliff Wassmann, and Mark Hendrickson, Paul Price, Susan Jarecky, Carole Chaucair Oeijan, and Colleen Baker-Huber.
Local artists Mary Mulvihill, Ingrid Wright, and Kathy Stradley will also be contributing.
Main and Mercedes Streets in Old Town will be decorated with residents’ artistic flair as hundreds of free squares and pastels – more colorful than traditional sidewalk chalks — will be made available to all who wish to put their skills to the task.
All artists can begin their works at 5 p.m. on June 22.
For more information, visit http://www.temeculacalifornia.com or call 951-678-1456.
Ashley Ludwig is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.