In Britain, street artists were known as screevers and their work can be documented to around 1550.
West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) July 22, 2012
Internationally acclaimed street painting artist Jennifer Chaparro has announced the creation of the International Street Painting Society Inc. to promote and recognize street painting as a legitimate art form and to serve as a forum for street painting artists worldwide. The new international organization is now accepting members and promoting the work of street artists and street painting festivals throughout the world.
“This is a totally new not-for-profit organization, which will focus on connecting street painters worldwide. There are other local or national organizations, both for chalk artists and general artists, but the International Street Painting Society will focus on street artists, which can include chalk & paint, traditional and 3D art that takes place in a public forum. Our goal is to elevate awareness and educate the public, on an international scale, about street painting as a true art form,” said Jennifer Chaparro, Founder and Executive Director, International Street Painting Society, Inc.
Street Painting is a physically and emotionally challenging art form. Its roots can be traced to the 1500-1600's. In Britain, street artists were known as screevers and their work can be documented to around 1550. “Their subjects were more based on the written word and political lampooning,” said Chaparro. “In Italy in the 1600's, artisans who had finished jobs in the great cathedrals, often took to the plazas in front of the churches, and drew reproductions of the paintings inside. The public would throw coins at the artists as they worked, to show their appreciation. Many of the works were religious in nature, usually of the Madonna and child, thus the name Madonnara became the term used to describe this kind of artist in Italy,” Chaparro added.
The inaugural Board of Directors fort the International Street Painting Society includes an impressive lineup of street painting professionals:
- Jennifer Chaparro (Florida, USA) – Chalk Artist & Owner of Amazing Street Painting (http://www.AmazingStreetPainting.com )
- Michael Nichols (California, USA) – Retired Engineer
- Jamie (Taaffe) Schwerstein (Florida, USA) – Teacher & Chalk Artist (http://www.girlandherchalk.com )
- Wayne Renshaw (California, USA) – Architect & Chalk Artist (http://www.wr-architect.com )
- Philip Battle (United Kingdom) – Chalk Artist, Street Painter Historian & Creator of UrbanCanvas (http://www.urbancanvas.org.uk )
Membership in the International Street Painting Society at present is open to Students, Amateurs, Professional Artists, Art Lovers, Non-Profit Festivals or Organizations, and For Profit Festivals or Companies. Major corporate sponsors are needed to help fund a grants program to help artists with expenses when traveling to events and education and art supply grants that will be available soon.
The Mission of the International Street Painting Society is to promote and educate the public about the art of street painting internationally as a legitimate art form; to provide opportunities worldwide for street painters/chalk artists to connect, network and share information and prosper as artists; and to connect persons with an interest and passion for street art. If you would like additional information about the International Street Painting Society Inc. you may visit the website http://www.internationalstreetpaintingsociety.com. The International Street Painting Society is a 501(c)(3) organization. Join the conversation about street painting at their blog: http://www.amazingstreetpainting.blogspot.com.
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