The sidewalk chalk art painting festival I Madonnari returns to Puerto Vallarta for the sixth time from November 11 to Sunday 13. The festival pays tribute with its name to madonnaris, street painters who began transforming public plazas by painting madonnas with chalk and charcoal in Italy during the 16th century. The activity quickly became popular throughout Europe, eventually reaching widespread acclaim in the United States during the latter half of the 20th century.

The local event, which is produced by sister cities Puerto Vallarta and Santa Barbara, consists of both a festival and a competition. For the festival, five specialized artists from the United States (Ann Hefferman, Meredith Morin, Cecelia Linayao, Julio Jiménez and Phil Roberts) are invited to create original works of art during the festival. They also serve as judges for the competition component, to which local artists, both children and adults, are invited to participate.

For the general public, the opportunity to see such ephemeral works of art in Puerto Vallarta is a must. Works will be created along Puerto Vallarta’s Malecón beginning Friday, November 11 at 5 pm, and will continue until Sunday, November 13 at 7 pm, at which point an awards ceremony will take place at Puerto Vallarta’s main plaza. Artists interested in participating on the competition may request additional information via email at ruben.cham@yahoo.com.mx, javierart700@hotmail.com or labcarri@prodigy.net.mx.