Watch these incredible artists turn the streets in to their canvas for a mosaic of fantastic imagery. You are sure to find a favorite masterpiece within the carpet of color. And don’t be afraid to ask them questions, that’s what it’s all about.
Melanie Stimmell Van Latum
A Graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Melanie Stimmell Van Latum has had quite the career. Though you wouldn’t guess it by viewing her amazing 3D and Renaissance style street paintings, Melanie has the incredible cool factor of spending 8 years working on the iconic series South Park! Starting out as a Lead Technical Director on the feature film, ‘South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut’, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone then asked her to join the very popular Comedy Central series where she oversaw the transition from infamous paper cutouts to flawless digital animations.
“During a summer hiatus from South Park I began street painting for fun and instantly fell in love. The asphalt became my home each summer until I made the decision to leave South Park to work full time as a street painter & fine artist.”
MelanieVanLatum.PortraitMelanie quickly became a leader in the Street Painting world – a ‘maestra madonnara’ (master street painter) – the only woman ever to hold this prestigious title in two countries (Italy and Germany). During her 14 years as a street painter extraordinaire, she has been awarded Gold medals and 1st place awards in Europe’s most prestigious competitions to become one of the worlds most decorated street painters. She has worked with clients in Turkey, Holland, Thailand, The Republic of Georgia, UK, France, Canada, The Dutch Antilles, China, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and throughout the US and has consulted, painted, and held workshops for chalk painting events all over the world.
In 2012, Melanie and her husband Remco, started We Talk Chalk a 3D street painting company. Since their inception, they have created over 300 paintings throughout the world. They have a team of studio artist in Los Angeles and work with a select group of artists from all over the world.
If that wasn’t enough to keep her busy…following her great success creating 10 murals in the small town of Montross, VA, Melanie and Remco opened Montross Mural Studio in 2016. Created to share the incredible experience of the area with a spectacular art form, her hope is that students will take away the inspiration and know-how to do the same.
In addition to her work as a professional Street Painter, Muralist, and Fine Artist, Melanie on the Education Roster for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts ‘Arts Teach’ program, she has lead workshops and residencies in Italian Street Painting in elementary schools throughout Southern California. As part of her evolution through our current educational climate, Melanie developed a Collaborative Teaching Residency for a high school in South Central Los Angeles via the Los Angeles Music Center. A high risk school with root problems with gangs and drugs, she taught side by side with faculty to integrate the arts into their everyday curriculum. Using Street Painting as a vehicle, Melanie developed a 12 week program to aid teachers in engaging troubled teens within their Small Learning communities. She is currently Lead Visual Artist for a special program in Orange County to teach students Science through dance and visual arts.
When she began receiving requests for street painting workshops at schools in other states and countries, Melanie developed the Street Painting Academy, through which she offers students of all ages the opportunity to learn this 500 year old Italian tradition.
California artist Lorelle Avonne Kozoll Miller expresses a lifetime of developed technique and personal investigation in her works that comprise oils, pastel, marble sculpture, and other mediums. Evidenced in her artwork is a unique sensitivity for mood and emotion, which offer a glance into the deeper wells of her experience. Ms. Miller shares her visions of natural beauty and the intensity of the human experience through her paintings and sculpture. She utilizes a broad yet finely tuned spectrum of media, each of which contributes to her expression in visual art. Her subject matter has been generally figurative throughout most of her career, but expressed within it is a deep-seated passion for nature. The extraordinary challenges of landscape and plein-air painting have fed her continuing hunger to grow as an artist and a painter.
Ms. Miller graduated from California State University, Northridge, earning her BA in art with special emphasis on illustration, graphic design, and sculpture. She continued with graduate work in sculpture and illustration and later received a professional designation as a Teaching Artist from the Music Center Education Department and the Los Angeles Arts Commission. She began her career working for biomedical entrepreneur Alfred E. Mann, starting with Pacesetter Systems and eventually growing to include Minimed, Mannkind, and Advanced Bionics. She developed and managed a corporate graphic-arts department and led project teams to creatively achieve communication and education goals through a variety of print, graphic, and audiovisual formats. Ms. Miller served as the company’s corporate graphics manager for 15 years and also worked as a freelance graphic artist and illustrator while continuing to develop her skills as a fine artist in oil painting, pastels, and sculpture.
Ms. Miller’s desire to develop as a painter, a street artist, and a sculptor brought her to the doorsteps of many master artists that include Morgan Weistling, Mian Situ, Lynn Gertenbach, Margot Lennartz, Joseph Mendez, Ryan Wurmser, David Leffel, Rose Frantzen Karl Gnass, Mark Westermoe and Kurt Wenner. She has continued her development in stone sculpture and has attended the Marble Symposium in Colorado. There, she had the opportunity to work with many renowned master carvers from around the world.
Ms. Miller is also known for her involvement as a Madonnara (street painter). Over the last 20 years, she has been an invited and featured artist in countless festivals throughout California and others in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Norway. There, she has demonstrated her passion for beautiful pastels, working individually and on international team projects, and has received prestigious awards. She continues to work as a freelance 2D and 3D street painting artist for We Talk Chalk on various corporate and international projects.
Ms. Miller was selected to teach teachers the correlation between art and science for the ESCAPE program sponsored by UCI, Segerstroms Performing Art Center and the Orange County Department of Education. She also recently served as “Artist in residence” for the International School of Orange County.
She has been involved with teaching fine arts classes for College of the Canyons for 15 years and taught plein air painting workshops for Ventura College. She has also taught in the Saugus School District and was an instructor at SCV-Arts in Santa Clarita for 10 years as well. She has also served as chairman and vice chairman of the Arts Advisory Board for the City of Santa Clarita. She presently gives private instruction in painting and continues to teach street painting nationally and internationally.
Nate Baranowski is a street painter, muralist, and fine artist based in Chicago, IL.
He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where his passion for street painting began. Nate has been street painting for 9 years and has had the honor of traveling around the world for festivals and special events. He loves to create approachable art that can be enjoyed by the art lover and the one who would step foot in an art museum.
A graduate of Fine Art from the University of Maryland, College Park, I started out as an oil painter predominantly, later switching to acrylics. When I discovered chalk on the ground at the first Pasadena Chalk Festival in 1993, it was love at first chalk
With a bachelor of Art in abstract, but having a heart for portraiture, I have developed a sort of fusion of these. As a lover of the impressionist and pop movements, I like to blend all the various styles without thinking about blending the styles. Being a street chalk artist has definitely expanded my horizons and helped my development as well.
Now, with almost 30 years of streetpainting experience, I travel quite a bit to other states as well as within California. I’ve sold commission work across the US as well, and I’m currently working on getting wall mural commissions outside of California.
My name is Ashleigh Abrams, and I am from Santa Clarita, CA. I teach 9th grade English, and I provide painting classes to senior citizens on the weekends. My husband and I are expecting our first child in May.
Clifton “Clif” Gold is a chalk artist based in San Jose, California. He creates whimsical line-and-pattern illustrations at festivals and events across the country. Clif’s murals dazzle audiences using a unique process. Curvy lines and playful patterns come to life with glowing light and color throughout the event as if a polaroid was developing in front of the audience’s eyes.
Clif is a color-blind artist and makes his own “recycled” pastels into a color system for his art. His work has been featured in Italian Street Painting Marin’s Madonnari Collection. He has also won “Best in Chalk of Fame” at the Pasadena Chalk Festival and “Best Use of Color” at the Autism Hwy Chalk Festival.
Sharyn Chan is a unique blend of scientist, artist, hop-hop dancer/choreographer, and a motorcycle racer. A self taught artist and student of her fellow street painters, she works traveling around the world as a street artist; solo, with friends, and as a part of various teams. She also works as a hip hop dance instructor and a government contract project manager and artist. She was born to be an artist; drawing illustrations of rabbits and bears at age 3, but her career path took a different turn in college where she graduated with a computer science degree and stayed in that field for 30+ years. While programming for a living, she dabbled in the artistic side of computers diving into Photoshop and graphic arts on the side. I was not until she met world-class street painters at Santa Barbara I Madonnari in 2000 that she learned about the ancient art form of street painting. Rekindling her passion for art, Sharyn began street painting in her hometown of Santa Barbara and has traveled all over the world participating in festivals and street painting to her heart’s content. She also does mural work and commissions. Her work can be seen in cities such as Santa Barbara, California; Redwood City, California; Jordan, Minnesota and various private homes throughout the nation.
Chris Brake is a street chalk artist. It shouldn’t be hard to notice him, as there’s usually more chalk on Chris than the street. He began this hobby 15 years ago, frightened by the art size and number of people that would be watching. An instant obsession was born. Chris has since been a Featured Artist multiple times and has placed in various festival award rankings, including Best in Show, Best Use of Color, Best Technique, and Most Whimsical. But he admits that much of his growth is attributed to watching his peers. Studying, inquiring, experimenting, and plenty of patience have allowed Chris to improve each year. His love for the art form continues to push him to find new techniques and styles.
Chris’ favorite aspect of street chalk art is the public interaction. It allows him to share his passion with others, while also meeting the many wonderful people that come out and support the arts. Chris finds the temporary nature of chalk art appealing; like a snapshot in time. Something special created for those people in attendance. While most art is viewed in its final form, street art provides the opportunity for the audience to see art as a work in progress.
My name is Nuria Martinez,
I never wanted to be a creative person, I just was one.
I was creating stuff like doll’s dresses, drawing my favorite characters from tv, sculpting cakes with mud, making cards for my friends, making jewelry, knitting and sewing, etc, etc.
I was told artists were poor, for that reason I became a teacher. I had no idea how to became and artist. At university, I did my bachellor in science, but, still not happy.
3 years ago I entered the Pasadena Chalk Festival for the first time.
I won the category of the best rendition of a master piece on 2019.
The same year I won second prize at Monrovia Chalk festival. This year I decided to start my own single coorporacion and I am currently building my art bussines as a muralist and taking art classes online at different places.
I am an artist who loves all creative expressions, chalk, oils, craft, beads and I create purposeful and colorful projects for families and charities. I also donate murals to public schools making the kids interacting with me during the making process. My goal is to donate a school mural per month. I work with schools and help them to accomplish their art projects working as a team with the art teachers and students.
Welcome to my sacred space! Naomi Duben is mixed-media artist and painter based in Los Angeles. Originally from Marin County just north of San Francisco, she grew up in an environment surrounded by nature and influenced by the bohemian essence that embodies this area of northern California.
Naomi’s various specializations include street chalk painting, murals, mixed media collage, and traditional paintings in acrylic and oil. Tiring of constantly trying to mix the right color and breaking away from hyper-realism, her work explores a a daring palate of color, often combining elements of realism with fantasy. Themes include feminism, buddhism, spirituality, nature and animals.
Amanda Lee Harris
SoCal artist, Amanda Lee Harris has been a self proclaimed artist since her elementary school days. Amanda works with many mediums but has recently discovered a newfound love for 3D anamorphic murals and chalk art. She loves creating pieces people can literally climb into and watch come alive. She hopes her artwork inspires and brings a smile to your face.
Kyle is a Colorado Native, who now splits time between Colorado and
Southern California. He is a father of three and grandfather of nine. Kyle
loves living the life of a traveling artist, and chasing all the opportunities
he missed in his youth. He has spent time as a student, soldier, race car
mechanic and driver, automotive factory representative, service manager,
sign painter, business owner, baseball coach, and teacher. Then finally
he accepted his purpose in life and became the artist he was supposed to
be the entire time.
Kyle is currently specializing in Street/Chalk Art and Lettering. He has
been on the Artist’s Committee for the Denver Chalk Art Festival for 8
years, and participates in over a dozen festivals a year. Having won some
awards along the way, Kyle now also does several corporate events each
year. Even then he looks as art as more fun than a job.
The best description of how Kyle tries to live his life can be found in
the writings of Max Lucado;
“Each of us should lead a life stirring enough to start a movement.
We should yearn to change the world. We should love unquenchably,
dream unfalteringly, and work unceasingly.
We should close our ears to the manifold voices of compromise and
pearch ourselves on the branch of truth. We should champion the
value of people, proclaim the forgiveness of God,
and claim the promise of heaven.”
2019 – People’s Choice, Ridge Fest, Wheatridge, Colorado
2016 – 2nd Place, Best of Show, Denver Chalk Art Festival
2015 – Regional Emmy, KCNC Channel 4, for promoting Denver Arts Week
2014 -1stP|ace & People’s Choice for “Breasts of Colorado”
2011 – Regional Emmy, ROOT Sports, for “Scoring the Game”
Featured Artist for Reno Chalk Art Festival (4 years)
Featured Artist for Tempe Festival of the Arts (4 years)
Featured Artist for Great American Beer Festival, 2018, Buffalo Wild Wing
Featured Artist for Pastels on 5th, Loveland Colorado, 2019
I am an artist from Whittier CA, I became a chalk muralist in 2007. I have had the privilege to work and learn from all kinds of artist I meet doing chalk festivals, From being an assistant to other artist and taking on the role of lead artist. It is a great feeling to work along side artist that share the same love and passion for creating works of art on the ground for people to enjoy.
Lysa Ashley is an artist and teacher from Corona, California.
For the past 22 years, one of her primary creative outlets has been “streetpainting”, an art form that is a type of performance art. She travels all around the country and internationally to festivals, where she uses soft pastels directly onto the asphalt or concrete to create huge works of art. Spectators filter past, fascinated at being able to watch the art actually in progress – a rare treat.
Art is integrated into Lysa’s kindergarten classroom lessons as much as possible, and she has also taught numerous streetpainting workshops to both children and adults. She has been highly involved in the STEAM movement at her school, and has brought the art of streetpainting to the students in after school programs.
When not streetpainting, Lysa is busy creating works of art in many different media, but she especially enjoys scratchboard, acrylic paint, ball-point pen, and of course, soft pastel. Portraiture, animals, and fantasy are her favorite subjects.
Haylo is a professional tattoo artist of 13 years specializing in photo realism, portraiture, a watercolor tattoo genres.
At the young age of 2, Haylo’s parents gave her a wipe off board where she spent countless hours drawing her favorite animals, primarily, horses.
As an adult artist, Haylo has excelled in mediums of pencil, oils pastels, and Prismacolor.
In 2019, Haylo decided to expand her talents, and entered her 1st Chalk Art Event benefitting Utah Foster Care. She won Best in Show.
Haylo has sense competed in various Utah and Las Vegas Chalk Art events & competitions.
Haylo currently resides in Salt Lake, Utah with her husband Josh, her daughter Auxzana, and her Siberian Husky, Whiski.
Las Vegas Artists
Tess Mellinger has called Las Vegas her home for the last 15 years, earning her BA in Art from UNLV in 2011. As an artist, she strives to translate impressions of her adventures in the southwestern desert to a variety of artistic mediums.
Kyleigh Cool 21 year old artist and photographer. She studied at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts High School. She has received several awards with my art. Kyleigh does portrait and family photography, and works with paints, color pencils, and graphite in her artwork. Her art has been recognized by several people such as Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stafani, Brynn Cartelli, Madison De La Garza and Christina Aguilera. She recently just did the single art cover for Jej Vinsons christmas song. Her photography has been recognized and posted by several people too. Such as Jej Vinson, Lauren Hall, Brynn Cartelli, and Jason Halbert.
Jay is attending the Sarasota Chalk Festival for his third season November 2011. Jay has won awards in 2009 & 2010! Jay’s passion for the medium has taken him to festivals throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.
“The biggest allure of the medium is that it is a pure art form – a mix of Fine Art and Performance Art. The paintings are ephemeral – vulnerable to the elements – and only viewing them in context can provide a lasting impression.” Street painting has become more than a hobby for Jay, it’s somewhat of an addiction; as soon as he recovers from one painting he is looking forward to the next. “As Madonnari, we endure many physical challenges while creating our murals. Wind, heat, time, and the possibility of rain are all working against us.”
Jay Schwartz, founder of Ideaworks, a Santa Barbara and Las Vegas-based interactive agency, with clients ranging from museums to Las Vegas Casinos, is a graduate in fine arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara as well as Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design.
Niki is a figurative abstract artist combining form and color to create whimsical but yet complexed forms in oil and or acrylic on canvas and wood. Through diligent self-study, experimentation and an innate ability to combine form and color, her work has become widely recognizable. Niki’s creative process is immersed in a dual identity, creating thought provoking work while maintaining a free and intuitive spirit.
Sloane Siobhan is a mixed media oil painter, tattoo artist, and muralist from Charlotte, North Carolina, currently based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her work lifts the veil between fact and fiction, alluding to folklore/mythology, and intertwining abstract with realism by combining fluid color with portraiture.
Siobhan received her BFA in Studio Art at Appalachian State University, and has been exhibited at the Harvey Gantt Center for African American Art + Culture. She was one of five featured artists at the Mint Museum Uptown as a tribute to the John T. Biggers collection, has showcased work at the art inspired dinner Feast Your Eyes, and published in several articles such as Creative Loafing Charlotte, the Charlotte Observer, QC Metro, along with being mentioned in the NY Post.
In 2019 Sloane took a leap of faith and drove across the country to Las Vegas, NV to reignite the soul and message of her work, and build lasting connections outside of the Carolinas. Sloane Siobhan was a 2019 city finalist for Art Battle-Las Vegas, and is deeply inspired to serve the Clark County community with large scale murals. Siobhan is currently working on a new series that serves to elevate not only her body of work, but her spirit as well.