Annual street painting festival returns to Clifton this weekend

The 7th Annual StreetScapes Festival  takes place this weekend Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 on Telford Street at Ludlow Avenue in the heart of the Clifton neighborhood business district.

The street painting festival has become a favorite among local residents and splashes the area with a vibrant scene of color and life over the two-day event.  Festival organizers tout that there is no other art experience like this in the Cincinnati region where local artists come together to reproduce famous works of art from around the world.

The two-day festival will transform Telford Street (map) into a street full of paintings created with custom-made chalk.  The whole process can be enjoyed by spectators looking to see the final product, or track its evolution over the festival.  This year's event will reproduce pieces of work by Picasso and Michelangelo.

There will also be a children's section where kids can showcase their talents and participate in the creation of a giant chalk mural right there on the pavement.  Music and other entertainment will also be available in addition to the wide array of businesses and destinations along Ludlow Avenue.

The StreetScapes Festival is free and open to the public, and will run from 10am to 6pm both days.  For more information please call the festival hot line at (513) 230-5126.  The Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) has been identified as the alternative rain location for the event.

There is on-street parking nearby, and the Ludlow Avenue business district is well-served by Metro bus service.  There will also be overflow parking available at Burnet Woods, the CCAC, and Annunciation with shuttles to and from the event.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Scott Beseler
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