4th Annual Del Ray Street Painting Festival

2020 Festival Date Coming Soon...

WHAT IS IT? See Del Ray transformed as chalk murals are painted on the sidewalks along Mt. Vernon Ave., Del Ray's main street. Styled after an ancient Italian art form, the murals are painted by professional artists, children and parents, and visitors. Past events included live music, jugglers, and face painting.

WHEN & WHERE? The event occurs along Mt. Vernon Avenue, Del Ray Alexandria, VA. Date coming soon...

WHO CAN ATTEND? All are welcome! La Bella Strada is a Free and Family Friendly event!

BENEFIT? La Bella Strada is a fundraising event for

The Del Ray Montessori School (DRMS) and the Del Ray community. La Bella Strada is organized entirely by community volunteers. 100% of the proceeds go to benefit DRMS and fund the showcasing of local artists. In 2018, for example, the festival funded the creation of a community garden on the grounds of the Del Ray Methodist Church.  

Festival - Day of Schedule

DRMS School Yard - 100 East Windsor Ave

  • La Festa Carnival Games -10am - 12pm

  • Demonstration by Yang's Taekwondo 10am -10:45am

  • Jazzy Juggler 11am - 11:45am

  • Alexandria Kinderchoir 12pm - 12:30pm

Bean Creative Field - 2207 Mt. Vernon Avenue

  • Jazzy Juggler - 10am -10:45am

  • Demonstration by Bounce Alexandria - 11am -11:45am

  • Live Music by Del Ray School of Music - 12pm - 3pm

  • Gaga Ball - 10am - 3pm

Instructions for Family Chalk Squares

  • Starting at 9 a.m. families that have purchased family squares may come out and start the fun by grabbing their chalk on the school lawn.  We'd like DRMS families to arrive a bit early, as the live demonstrations and fun begin at 10 a.m. Please feel free to work on your square all day long...anytime between 9 am - 3 pm.

  • There will be fun at the DRMS School Yard and at the Bean Creative Field (2207 Mt. Vernon Ave.)



Sponsor the Event

(for businesses)

Paint a Square

(for families)

​Sponsor La Bella Strada and:


​Buy a square and:


Calling all Volunteers!
Calling all Artists!

2019 Sponsors - Grande

2019 Sponsors - Medio

Meet the 2019 Artists

La Bella Strada wouldn’t be anything without the support of local artists. Signup, or email us with questions.

Artist Prize - Presented by the Del Ray Business Association

This year's winners are: Lisa Michelle and Michael Kirby!

The Del Ray Business Association picks a chalk drawing each festival to award the artist with a $500 cash prize from the association.  The award is presented at the end of the day.


St. Elmo’s Showcase

St. Elmo’s is once again supporting La Bella Strada Artists by showcasing a piece of art from each confirmed artist for time around the event.  The deadline for art submission is April 15.  If you’re an artist and you’d like to be included, please make sure to confirm your attendance at La Bella Strada and we’ll send you the details for the showcase.  

Community Kids Club
The Community Kids Club is a group of eleven 7th and 8th grade students. Over the past 5 years they have built a well in Malaysia, shoveled snow for people who can't, given back to our community, and found ways to grow and become more caring, kind individuals. Since they were in early elementary school they've met every Friday to work together to make Del Ray even more awesome.
Patrick Kirwin
Patrick Kirwin began working in Trompe L’oeil at George Washington University. He has painted large commercial projects, as well interiors of shops and and murals in homes, and has taught at the Art League, The Corcoran College, and the Smithsonian Institution.
Terry Holman
Terry is a watercolor artist. She’s a member of the Springfield Art Guild and has shown her work at numerous locations around the State. She loves to paint and travel with her “art sisters”.
Nicole Flaig
Nicole, a resident of Arlington, has been participating in Street Painting festivals across the United States since 2004. She began painting along side her mother in Florida and continued on to win competitions, such as People’s Choice awards in both Colorado and Connecticut. She strives to try different techniques at nearly every festival, sometimes including 3D perspectives. More often than not, you will find her paintings to be dynamic, bright, and boldly colorful. While not her only passion
Dorothy Landi
I enjoy Water color, Acrylics, Mixed Media and Pen and Ink. I am originally from Northern VA and I have been living in the OuterBanks for almost 4 years This past summer my hubby and I bought a house in Richmond, VA. I have a group of "Steel Magnolias" In Northern VA that like to travel and paint and or draw as often as possible.
Erin Gordon
Adrienne Iannazzo
Adrienne Iannazzo is a graduate student at George Washington's University Art Therapy and Counseling program. Her style of art uses realist and surrealist techniques to make metaphors about life experiences, and to process these encounters.
Sara Bukoski Lovelace
Sara Bukoski Lovelace, an Alexandria native, is a mixed media artist and visual art educator, living and working in Del Ray. She is proud to be one of the art teachers at Del Ray’s Mount Vernon Community School, where her K-5 artists inspire her daily. Sara feels most at home creating wildly with a variety of materials at once, including painting, drawing, collage, and fiber art. She loves the excitement of the creative process and seeing how materials and ideas interact with one another and ...
Leslie Duss
A lifelong creative and adventuresome amateur artist, I've dabbled in all sorts of media. I've exhibited fine art photography in juried shows in Pittsburgh and Seattle. You also see the oversized soft sculptures at Sugar Shack in the Alexandria and DC locations that I made collectively with the Del Ray Yarn Bombers. I also love to draw and sketch and have taken classes locally at the Art League, Del Ray Artisans. and online at Sketchbook Skool.
Dr. Lola Capps
Dr. Lola Capps is a local Del Ray chiropractor and business owner and one of our local artists in hiding. She enjoys drawing, painting and photography. Last year was her first time at La Bella Strada and she is excited to come back!
Tatiana Herrera
Craig Brown
Briam Montenegro
Born and raised in Peru, Briam immigrated to the United Estates at the age of 15. Briam has been creating beautiful pieces of artwork from a very young age, but it wasn't until his Junior year in High School that he decided to take his art a step further, developing new skills and learning new techniques going out of his comfort zone and diving into new mediums.
Benjamin Wood
Benjamin Wood works mainly in abstracts.He draws his inspiration from hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul, bluegrass, reggae, all sorts of movies, and the many successes and failures in his life.
Andy Monaco
Candi Ellis
Mary Ellen Bailor
I am a native of DMV, attended Mount Aloyouis College in Cresson, PA where I studied fine arts under the Sisters of Mercy (Sister Josphine) I am a skilled bearer, I have studied under Traci Durant of Blue Hawk Beads, Pendleton, Oregon. My preferred media is water color and charcoal. Today, I am a swim instructor for Arlington County and a music instructor at Del Ray School of Music for Munchkin and ME
Brandy Crist-Travers
Steve Beggs
A native Alexandrian and graduate of TC Williams, Steve Beggs lives in Del
Ray with his wife(the real chalk expert in the house), two daughters, and
their dog Bunsen. Steve was an art teacher at The Hill School in
Middleburg, Virginia, and continues to enjoy painting and drawing. Steve is
on the Park and Recreation Commission, a volunteer ASA coach, and a
commercial real estate broker with Tartan Properties.
Michael Kirby
Michael William Kirby is a leading public artist and street painter from Baltimore, MD, USA. He has nearly 20 years of experience creating permanent and temporary public art pieces around the world. Mr. Kirby has been commissioned and contracted since the early 1990's for his unique and original view of anamorphic or forced perspective street paintings or more commonly known as 3D street art, 3D street painting, 3D chalk art, ephemeral art, or 3D sidewalk art. This technique of using sharp...
Kalista Diamantopoulos
Kalista Diamantopoulos is a TC Williams High School senior from Alexandria, Virginia. Kalista has been taking art classes throughout her school years and has been involved in several programs at the Torpedo Factory. She has displayed her work at the All City High School Art Exhibitions, The Torpedo Factory, and the Del Ray Artisans Exhibitions. She is a member of the TC Williams Chapter of the National Art Honor Society and the Art/Layout Editor of TC's creative talent magazine, Labyrinth....
Seana Gallagher
Seana Gallagher is a local Alexandria artist and has been a student at the Art League School since 1989. She maintains a studio in her home in Alexandria, VA. Seana has participated in local art shows and art fairs including The Del Ray Artisans, The Art League of Alexandria, Art on the Avenue and was a featured artist at The Prudential Realtor Small Group Exhibit in Old Town as well as Elan Magazine. Seana has a permanent exhibition of aviation-related paintings at the FAA’s...
Lisa Michelle
Lisa attended Colgate University where she majored in Art and Art History with a concentration in Studio Art. During her matriculation, she spent time studying in Florence, Italy, where she attended SACI (Studio Art Centers International). Lisa graduated with Honors from Colgate Universty in 2006. She was then invited to enroll in Maryland Institute College of Art's prestigious Post-Baccalaureate program where she concentrated in painting. She successfully completed this program in 2007.
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