About Italian Street Painting Marin
"The synergy of creative collaboration can result in magic beyond our imagining." — Gary Yost
Street painter Genna Panzarella, filmmaker Gary Yost, and Italian Street Painting Marin completed a magical collaboration. Take this 8-minute journey, a healing tribute to Marin's mystical Mount Tamalpais.
Italian Street Painting Marin showcases the fine art of street painting and supports quality arts-based programs and experiences for underserved students.
Italian Street Painting Marin is a program of EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases, a 501c3 nonprofit. EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases, a national organization headquartered in Marin County, California, is dedicated to accelerating biotech innovation for rare disease treatments through science-driven public policy. The Foundation believes that bridging science and the arts enhances health, inspires hope, and changes lives.
Italian Street Painting Marin Events, Workshops, and Grants
- Italian Street Painting Marin produces an annual performance art event in downtown San Rafael, California. City streets become the canvas for our talented Madonnari (street painters) and visitors experience this captivating performance art with Mission San Rafael Arcangel as the backdrop.
- Italian Street Painting Marin Special Events showcase master Madonnari at venues in and around the Bay Area. If you are interested in featuring a street painting performance at your next occasion please contact us.
- Italian Street Painting Marin provides teen and professional workshops covering everything from the basics of street painting technique to the latest innovations in the art form. To offer a workshop for your organization or school, please contact us.
- Italian Street Painting Marin grants funds to local arts programs. Meet our 2017 Grantees. (PDF)
Past Event Highlights
This past June, our annual event was themed, Summer of Love: An Art and Music Experience as we celebrated the golden anniversary of the summer of 1967 and the profound impact the San Francisco Bay Area’s art and music scene made on the culture of the country. This year’s far-out event was brought to the streets of San Rafael and featured awe-inspiring artwork from over 100 of the world’s top Madonnari (street painters).
The feeling of peace and love emanated throughout the event over the entire weekend was made even more powerful with the creation of, what may have been a record-setting 40-foot peace symbol created by Madonnari Ann Hefferman and Lisa Jones. The good-vibes continued to spread via Tracy Lee Stum and Terena Wong’s 3d “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” themed piece. Many other artworks focusing on the era’s music, fashion and history provided a fun and nostalgic feeling to the event.
Stanley Mouse, legendary creator of some of the most iconic poster art of the era, was on hand at meet fans and sign some of his art as part of a special gallery exhibition of his work. Guests were also able to get down and get their groove on to some of the most memorable songs of the era, performed by a line up of great bands, including Summer of Love tribute band, Aquarius.
We were honored to, once again this year, share winning artworks from the annual EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases’ Rare Artist contest. Open to those whose lives have been touched by rare disease, the stories behind the artwork are just as powerful as the pieces themselves.
Other special event features included an appearance by Snoopy, distribution of over 9,000 flowers to event guests, a one of a kind Summer of Love art car, amazing face-painting, and an abundance of children proudly exhibiting their creativity and chalk-drawing skills as part of Flower Children’s Avenue.
Summer of Love: An Art and Music Experience in the news:
In June, we brought our event back to the streets of downtown San Rafael with Ciao Bella Roma. In addition to the exquisite artwork of over 100 Madonnari (street painters) from near and far, the event had much to offer the thousands who attended!
Visitors risked their hands if they told a lie at our Bocca Della Verita (Mouth of Truth) sculpture recreated by Pennsylvania artist John A. Mayer, and tossed coins on the 3D street painting of Rome’s iconic Trevi Fountain, created by Julie Kirk-Purcell and her talented team of artists. The sounds of the San Francisco Bay music scene provided the perfect addition to our performance art event!
The RareArtist Gallery featured touching works from EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases’ RareArtist contest. In addition, thanks to the cooperation of Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Marisa Darnel, reproductions of works from the late artist Mauricio Saravia, who lost his life to the rare disease McCune-Albright, were also displayed.
As part of our Community Partners Program, California Film Institute screened the classic film, Roman Holiday, featuring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. The film included a video welcome from Sean Hepburn Ferrer.
Ciao Bella Roma in the media: