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.
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
Paint a Square
Sponsor La Bella Strada and:
Increase exposure of your business and drive foot traffic
Support local artists
Support children of The Del Ray Montessori School
Buy a square and:
Paint your own family mural next to friends and neighbors (chalk provided)
Support children of The Del Ray Montessori School
Calling all Volunteers!
Calling all Artists!
2019 Sponsors - Grande
2019 Sponsors - Medio
Meet the 2019 Artists
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 ClubThe 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 KirwinPatrick 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 HolmanTerry 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 FlaigNicole, 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 LandiI 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.
Adrienne IannazzoAdrienne 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 LovelaceSara 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 DussA 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 CappsDr. 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!
Briam MontenegroBorn 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 WoodBenjamin 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.
Mary Ellen BailorI 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
Steve BeggsA 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.