Street Art - October 20-21, 2018

Street Painting

Experience Artists Creating Awareness

Via Colori is a celebration of art in order to raise awareness for the children of our community. Over 100 artists from across the country and around the globe come together each year to create large scale chalk paintings directly on the street.

We will have hundreds of artists, community organizers, vendors, and other partners come together for one of the most creative festivals in Kentucky.

Feeling creative? You can become an artist at the festival. Sign up and join us at the Big Four Bridge Lawn at Louisville’s Waterfront Park from October 20-21, 2018 for an amazing street festival!

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2018 Featured Artist

Grace Holbrook-Elkins

My name is Kaitlyn Holbrook-Elkins, but I answer to Grace. This will be my fourth year participating in Via Colori and it is an absolute honor to have been named this year’s featured artist. I’ve always had my reservations about public events, but despite being socially awkward, this is one cause I couldn’t walk away from. Participating alongside some amazing people really leaves a great impression.

I wouldn’t be here today if I hadn’t an art teacher threaten me with zeros if I handed her one more sketch. I wouldn’t obsess over all the artistic mediums if I hadn’t tested the waters and taken a couple of zeros. I thank my high school art teacher, Sharon Madison, for the fierce love art she provoked from me – as does the local craft store. It was in her class that I became infatuated with many of Pablo Picasso’s ideas. In the words of Picasso, “every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” This leaves me with one conclusion: I never grew up.

My art teacher might agree because I still snarl my lip at the idea having to write about my art. Regardless, I believe this event heeds the call of my heart. I have three tiny artists at home and I hope that in some way, participating in this event allows more children to stay artists. Every child deserves a home.

2017 Artists

  • Chad Acree
  • Debra Adams
  • Sandy Bailey
  • Jaci Benningfield
  • Renee Blansette
  • April Boss
  • Jamie Campbell
  • Tina Carter
  • Gigi Case
  • Lulu Case
  • Ryan & Bridgette Case
  • Wylie Caudill
  • Colleen Cernik
  • Aoime Chibi
  • Beth Clements
  • Jackson Cromer
  • Alecia Currington
  • Connor Dane
  • Griffin Dane
  • Fawne DeRosia
  • Susan Dever
  • Misty DeWitt
  • John Fitzgerald
  • Becky FitzPatrick
  • Braxton Wayne Gaither
  • Jeff Gaither
  • Brandon Gardner
  • Chris Gibson
  • Kelly Gray
  • April Hack
  • Katie Lynn Hafling
  • Keira Hamilton
  • Patricia Hamilton
  • Shavante Hanley
  • Gabriel & Gideon Harrington
  • Rhonda Heinze
  • Amanda Miller Hoback
  • Kaitlyn Holbrook-Elkins
  • Ashley Huffman
  • Sandee Jones
  • Linda A Kuszynski
  • Andrea Light
  • Lindsey Lowe
  • Kami Madden
  • Joe Mahley
  • Katherine Markey
  • Ciera Marshall
  • Andrew Martin
  • Elizabeth Mattingly
  • Amanda McCowan
  • Mike & Lauren Medley
  • Kalei Morgan
  • Jessica O'Bryan
  • Michele Ohle
  • Isabella Pearson
  • Lindsey Pelley
  • Kat Pepper
  • Charlotte Pollock
  • Kevin Polston
  • Cam Pruitt
  • Samantha Reed
  • Nicole Reeder
  • Jennie Riney
  • Jamie Ruddock
  • Gina Schneider
  • Steve Shephard
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Jessica Smith
  • Karrie Smith
  • Breauna Snyder
  • Emily Stieben
  • Isabella Stooksbury
  • Torin Tortilla
  • Naomi Tracy
  • Nikki Troxle
  • Tevin Truitt
  • Allison Urzuablaul
  • Jenna Vondran
  • Jeffrey Walker
  • Jennifer Whitfill
  • Josh Willett
  • Adrian Wright
  • Sheri L. Wright
  • Red
  • Russel Grow

    "My name is Russel and I am a 21-year-old artist. I was born with Tourettes Syndrome and have spent much of my youth creating and loving art. I'm a person who advocates for the understanding and acceptance of both the disabled and LGBTQ+ youth with the hope that I can help make life a little easier for kids who grew up the same way I did. I've always admired the work by artists at Via Colori and am so honored to be accepted as one this year!"

  • Kalei Morgan

    Hello I am Kalei Morgan! I enjoy making art, and enjoy being geeky. I am happy to be doing art with Via Colori since they give back to the people!

  • John Goode

    John "B.Good" Fitzgerald is an artist that puts his creative spin on just about anything. B.Good is a lyrcial hip hop artist that has performed over 350 shows opening up for artist such as Big Sean, Tech N9ne, Dj Paul, Yelawolf, and lots of other great artist. His song "Out My Face" was even placed on Dj Drama's mixtape entitled, "First Infantry." B.Good recently tapped into a different form of art, painting. Painting  custom mask with any image that you can imagine from horror movie thrills to family potraits. Now, B.Good the Artist, can paint pretty much anything from shoes of all materials, helmets, canvases, clothing, and whatever else he can get a hold of. Stay tuned and B.Good.

  • Jessica Smith

    This will be my fourth year doing via colori. Painting is a hobby of mine, and I love getting to meet new artists and learn from them each year.

  • Katie Hafling

    KT’S HOUSE OF WONDERS – Art, Jewelry and You Never Know! They say from the humblest beginnings come the greatest of creations. You will find that is true when you check out KT’s House of Wonders! Perhaps most known for her handcrafted and artisan jewelry, Katie offers a vast array of handmade crafts and accessories for the home and self. Her creations combine her lifelong passion of making things, with her love of horror, the occult, fantasy, and as she says, “just plain weirdness”! She and her husband, Blake, live off of their 9 acre wooded homestead in Edmonton, Kentucky. Along with their two dogs, a bearded dragon, and a flock of chickens! They strive to be sustainable, live off of their land as much as they can, and to be as self-sufficient as possible. Their arts and skilled trade/craftsman businesses are there only sources of income. When not caring for their large garden or critters, Katie is busy channeling her energy into her craft. She collects bones and fragments of all sorts, including snake vertebrae, teeth, bugs, and bits and pieces of this and that from around her homestead, and uses these in her unique and artisan jewelry and accessories. Recently, she has also begun incorporating her love of painting into her work, with her most recent outlet of passionate creations being tiny original paintings encased in glass and incorporated into jewelry pieces. We are certain you will enjoy your “stay” at KT’s House of Wonders

  • Sheri Wright

    Two-time Pushcart Prize and Kentucky Poet laureate nominee, Sheri L. Wright is the author of six books of poetry, including her latest, The Feast of Erasure. Wrights, Work has appeared in numerous journals, such as Chiron, Clark Street Review and Earth's Daughters. She has taught workshops for The Kentucky State Poetry Society, Women In Transition and in independent settings. From 2010-2012, she was the host of the literary radio show, From The Inkwell, live-streaming on www.CrescentHillRadio.com. Currently, she is the executive producer/director of the documentary film, Tracking Fire. http://trackingfire.org

  • Debi Fields

    Debi Fields,  an eclectic artist from Kentucky's heartland. Over 50 years young and a lifelong student of art. Acrylics, encostic, oil, collage, pastels, mixed, street, and other miscellaneous forms of art may be found among her unique works. This will be Debi's 9th year as a Via Colori artist.

  • Nicole Reeder

    Glare Beware was created in 2014, with "The Adventures of Nekosan" being published online in February, 2015. All artwork and comics are written and illustrated by Nicole. Nicole graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University in 2013 with her Bachelor's of the Arts in Art Education. She has an artistic background focused mostly in painting and drawing. She works in both traditional and digital mediums, and loves sharing her work with others. www.glarebeware.com

  • Sandy Bailey

    Hello, I am Sandy Bailey, lifetime resident of Elizabethtown, KY where I raised my only child-a daughter Misty. As an artist, I'm mostyly self-taught, first sparked at around age 8 by a teacher, Mrs Ruth Graves, who pointed out a talent for drawing. Ive been practicing ever since then, mostly on faces, and pencil is still my favorite medium. I've participated in Via Colori since 2010 and look forward to it every year

  • Misty DeWitt

    My name is Misty from Elizabethtown KY. I'm an amateur artist who doodles for fun. My life revolves around my boyfriend, fur-babies and the gym these days. I always look forward to Via every year; it's a chance to sketch something larger than life and see other people's creations. I'm inspired by all forms of art and nature, so can't wait to see what grabs me this year. See you in October!

  • Andrea Light

    Andrea Light is an Indianapolis-based artist that holds a Master’s degree in Studio Art and from the University of Saint Francis. She is a graphic designer by trade and loves to participate in chalk art festivals as it gives her a chance to step away from her desk and get her hands dirty doing what she loves -- making art!

  • Judith Tingley

    Judith Keefer Tingley is a (mostly) self-taught artist living in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. She has exhibited her work in several venues, including the Nouveau Brut group show held at the Becket Arts Center in Becket, MA., and her own multi-venue show in Northampton, MA, Between the Lines: Some Books & Writers & Characters Reviewed in Collage (made possible through a grant from the Northampton Arts Council). Her show Where the Wild Things Went was exhibited at the Burnett Gallery in Amherst, MA. Since moving to Louisville from Massachusetts, Judith has both curated the Small Art show at the Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute, IN, and had her own show there as well, presented under the title Are You a Woman? Some of Judith’s pictures in this exhibition were of women and men both embracing and rejecting gender roles, and in many cases having these roles forced upon them. She has always been interested in the ways society defines and confines human beings and how some of these human beings manage to transcend the roles “assigned” to them. She participated in the 2017 art[squared] event sponsored by Louisville Visual Art, and was delighted that proceeds from her work went to support children’s art classes. She has had a piece of her art installed as part of the Alley Gallery public art project in downtown Louisville. She makes art in a variety of media, but especially likes collage work because of the possibilities it offers for the clash and convergence of ideas and attitudes. She uses her own drawings as well as public domain images drawn from high, popular, and folk culture to create her pieces, and manipulates these images through the use of hand-coloring, rearrangement, and distortion.  Judith likes to juxtapose these images with seemingly unrelated objects in unexpected settings, thereby creating surprising connections and disjunctions. By holding up a distorted mirror, she hopes to jolt the viewer into a different way of seeing. Many of Judith’s pieces are simple in design, but they are not simplistic or didactic. Life is complex and mysterious, and she attempts to convey this, too, in her art. After years spent making her living as a bookseller, Judith now spends her time working as a freelance writer and editor and, of course, a maker of pictures. She and her husband, Ken, share their home with their two cats, Joey and Willy. If you'd like to reach Judith, email her at jollycomrade@gmail.com or visit her Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JudithKeeferTingleyMixedMetaphors

  • Emily Stieben

    I'm a project manager by day and artist by night! My spare time is spent painting and hanging out with my dog while reading Spider-Man comics. I am participating in Via because my brother is adopted and I grew up around foster children because my neighbors were foster parents.

  • Fawne DeRosia

    Fawne DeRosia is a multi-talented artist from Thomaston, Georgia who creates in a variety of mediums, including painting, chalk, window art, and large format murals. She is the founder of Flint Rose Studio, where she increases her body of work, hosts art workshops, and works to foster the growth of art culture in the greater Thomaston/Upson County area.

  • Jennie Riney

    My name is Jennie Riney. I am from Rineyville, Kentucky. This is my 2nd year at Via Colori. I am excited to try it in Louisville this year. I love Art and my favorite medium is Acrylics. I love to try new art, pottery, oil pastels, drawing and making jewelry. I am an Art teacher at North Park Elementary and love teaching the young students to explore and become excited about creating art!

  • Naomi Tracy

    My name is Naomi Tracy I was born in east Tn. Middle daughter to an artistic family...spent summers in art classes and herding cattlethe rest of my time spent in the library...I truly love my arts, painting, drawing, writing....I began using chalks, and pastels for wall murals, and became obsessed with the versatility. Art is the souls expresion!

  • Jen Whitfill

    My name is Jen Whitfill. I am originally from Hardinsburg, Kentucky and am currently living in Hardinsburg, Indiana. I attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh majoring in photography. I am the owner of Whitfill Studioz. www.whitfillstudioz.com. I specialize in Photography and Graphite Portrait drawings. I am also a mother of an Autistic 11 year old little boy.

  • The Case Family

    The Case's are originally from Maysville, Ky, but relocated to Louisville around 5 years ago. Together they are a creative locomotive on full steam. From jewelry and poetry to monsters and mayhem, the creative reach is far with this family.

  • Mandy McCowan

    My name is Amanda McCowan. I am a parent of two kids and a full time employee who struggles to find the time to create the art that I love so I can share it with everyone else. I am slowly living the dream of having my artwork being bought and enjoyed in other peoples homes and seeing people wearing the jewelry and hairbows that I make. Even though it is a slow trip, I am enjoying every step. I love to learn new things in art and try new ventures and constantly growing. Because we are never truly done growing.

  • Andrew Martin

    Andrew Martin is an artist from Louisville Kentucky who learned from his Grandfather John P Martin and has been showing his work in more galleries as progressed as a new artist

  • Karrie Smith

    I am from Bardstown, Kentucky. I am a freshman at UofL. I have been sketching and drawing from a young age. This will be my third year doing Via Colori. 

Thanks to the Waterfront Development Corporation!