The Harvest Madonnari Festival

Posted on October 22, 2011 by


This beautiful afternoon, stop by the 400-500 blocks of the Downtown Mall to check out the day-long Harvest Madonnari Festival, where local artists are reinterpreting pastoral works of art in chalk to celebrate the local harvest and community health.  The event is organized by Chroma Projects and sponsored by DBAC, Living Locally, Charlottesville Welcome Book, Whole Foods, Relay Foods, Blue Moon Diner, and Orzo.

The event will continue a tradition born in the 16th Century in Italy, where artists would honor the images found in the cathedral paintings by recreating them outside on the piazzas.  Often the scenes depicted were of the Madonna and Child, which lent the practice of street painting its name, Madonnari.

The works will be judged by Mayor Dave Norris, PEC Program Director, Melissa Wiley and PCA Director, Maggie Guggenheimer at 4 pm with awards handed out at 5 pm, but visitors can bid on the reproductions all day.  All proceeds will go directly to support the Piedmont Environmental Council and the Piedmont Council for the Arts.

Chroma Projects will be open throughout the event, so visitors should check out their coordinating exhibition, Farm Use, and pick up information about local food growers and sustainable food resources.

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