Houston’s Via Colori art festival is an annual event in downtown Houston that benefits The Center for Hearing and Speech. Each year 200 artists create unique street paintings using pastel chalk – street paintings that you will only be able to view for two days, and then they become mere memories.
I’ve never been much of a festival person. I don’t particularly care for large crowds and music that’s often way too loud, overpriced food and drinks, etc etc ad nauseam. Especially in Houston, where the heat and humidity are just murder when you’re trying to do anything outside for nine-tenths of the year. That, and from where I live, most of the festivals held in downtown Houston are about 45 minutes away, give or take.
I definitely have to change my attitude after attending Via Colori yesterday. At least on days with good weather. It was 70 degrees and sunny, with nary a cloud in the sky when we arrived around noon. After a short walk to the fenced-off festival grounds, we were able to take in some of the amazing artwork (see the gallery below) that had been created on the streets closed off for the purpose.
Using either chalk-based paint or actual chalk, the artists were able to create some amazing works, often incorporating cracks and other imperfections in the road surface into the artwork itself – even down to the rough asphalt being used as the texture for a man’s beard in one instance.