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Call for Artists and Sponsors for Via Colori in September

Festival to showcase amateur and professional artists; benefits Columbus Children’s Hospital


COLUMBUS, OH - 4/4/2007

Via Colori®, a street painting festival, will be held Saturday, September 8 through Sunday, September 9, 2007 at Goodale Park in Columbus. The festival showcases more than 150 artists, professional and amateur, who paint original masterpieces in a pastel medium on the streets. These artists, funded by sponsors, volunteer their time and talent to support Columbus Children’s Hospital, the beneficiary of this year’s event. Artists, sponsors and volunteers are needed and welcomed to register.

Columbus artist, Hani Hara, is the featured artist of Via Colori 2007. Gourmet food, continuous live entertainment, children’s activities and a Saturday night ‘Street Party’ are scheduled during this late summer weekend at Goodale Park.

The two-day event is free to the public. Funds will be raised through sponsorships and merchandise sales.

Festivities are slated for 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday.

To register as an artist, volunteer or sponsor for Via Colori 2007 www.viacolori.com.

For additional information contact Katelyn Burkholder, Children’s Hospital, at (614) 722-2985 or burkholk@chi.osu.edu.

About Via Colori
Via Colori is the modern-day practice of a centuries-old tradition. Originally popularized by Italian war veterans of the early Renaissance who painted religious icons on the courtyards of the great cathedrals, today it is practiced in festivals worldwide.

In 2003, Columbus’ I-670 “The Cap”, was the first location in Ohio to begin hosting the annual Via Colori festival, which was founded in 1994 in Naples, Florida. In 2003, more than 50,000 guests came to see over 150 images created on the freeway.

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