Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Family Activities — La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival Summer 2022


(Graphic | Courtesy of Tualatin Valley Creates)

It’s a new year and Hillsboro is already planning its summer activities. On July 16 and 17, the west end of Downtown Hillsboro will become a two-day gallery of street paintings averaging 10’x10’.

Local and national chalk artists will transform E. Main Street and flanking avenues into a temporary exhibition of shapes, portraits and creatures made entirely from chalk pastels. The vibrant chalk pastels, contributed by Blick Art Materials (Beaverton), are nothing like chalk used for hopscotch.

Professional chalk artists utilize the saturated hues to fully render images ranging from flamenco dancers, family portraits, goofy dogs and iconic cartoon characters. The range is limitless and is a staple for large-scale chalk artists around the world.

Supported in part by the City of Hillsboro and Patricia Reser, La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival is the premier professional-caliber chalk festival held in our tri-county area. Paired with visual art will be a lineup of live performances, assorted food vendors as well as original works by local arts vendors. There will be ample family activities to take part in including make-n-take crafts and live demos. La Strada dei Pastelli is free and open to the public. Visit to learn more.

What: La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival, supported in part by City of Hillsboro and Patricia Reser, is an immersive large-scale street painting experience wherein professional chalk artists will be working on larger-than-life, bold images down the center of Main Street Hillsboro, Oregon. The weekend will also feature live music and local art vendors. Young and old are invited to take part in multiple hands-on activities. The Festival is free and open to the public.
When: July 16-17, 2022; 10am-6pm each day
Where: Downtown Hillsboro along E Main Street and flanking avenues (First Ave. to Fourth Ave.), Hillsboro, Oregon
Cost: Free and open to the public


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