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The streets of downtown Elizabethtown offer themselves as a broad canvas for creative minds this weekend.
The sixth annual Via Colori street painting festival is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. It is free to the public and corresponds with the monthly Second Saturday event downtown.
Jennifer Murphy, special events coordinator for the Advocacy & Support Center in Elizabethtown, said the organization is expecting 60 to 70 artists, who will unveil their imaginations on street squares sponsored by individuals and businesses.
Murphy said a trend has developed at the street painting festival with more artists moving toward interactive displays. For instance, one artist has planned a mermaid theme and will incorporate a live bubble machine while another is planning to sketch an octopus, which will hold real balloons, she said.
U.S. 31W will be blocked on both sides between Central Avenue and Mulberry Street, and portions of North Main Street will be closed during the festival, she said.
Organizers plan to expand the children’s area this year, giving kids squares to create their own art pieces while also offering more arts and crafts and other activities, such as bubble painting.
Live music will be heard throughout the day on Public Square with an evening concert featuring Blue Soul Gypsies at 7:30 p.m., Murphy said.
This year’s featured artist is Sandy Bailey, an Elizabethtown resident who specializes in portrait work. The festival also is expected to include a cooperative art piece.
Around 30 arts and crafts vendors and a diverse array of food vendors have been booked, Murphy said.
Proceeds benefit the Advocacy & Support Center, a nonprofit rape crisis and children’s advocacy center.
“Whatever we get is a benefit,” Murphy said.
The event raised around $20,000 last year, and she hopes to surpass that total.
“I’d like to make that much and maybe a little more,” Murphy said.
The festival is expected to continue rain or shine. If severe weather strikes, it will be moved to the same time slot Sunday.
For more information, go to www.kyviacolori.com.
Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or email@example.com.