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Portraits were one of the many types of chalk murals that were done by artists at the Pasadena Chalk Festival on June 15 at the Paseo Colorado in Pasadena, Calif. Photo by: Alicia Edquist

Portraits were one of the many types of chalk murals that were done by artists at the Pasadena Chalk Festival on June 15 at the Paseo Colorado in Pasadena, Calif. Photo by: Alicia Edquist

Bright colored murals and more than 600 artists filled the Paseo Colorado at the twenty first annual Pasadena Chalk Festival held on June 15 -16 in Pasadena, Calif.

On Saturday morning, artists began to set up in the designated locations and start murals. The artists created murals individually or in groups.

Throughout the day the murals began to take shape after some artists had used grids to map out the murals and other artists did the murals by freehand. The grids would become covered as the chalk was added to the mural.
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The Oldest McDonald’s, Columbia Memorial Space Museum, Downey High School and In-N-Out were featured in several of the 32 art pieces by fourth and fifth graders at a one night art exhibition and fundraiser hosted by Stay Gallery for Carpenter Elementary Student Art Night on Thursday evening in Downey, Calif. attended by more than 75 students, parents and community members at Downey’s newest art gallery.

Lexi Alvarenga, fourth grader at Carpenter Elementary School took Best in Show award for her inspired piece about exploring the city and why she plans on “staying” in Downey. Three students were given awards and gift certificates for their art pieces.
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Founded in 1955, Downey Museum of Art has called Furman Park in the City of Downey home. In March 2009, city cancelled its lease due to legal troubles in the organization. Museum has been closed and sits vacant since 2009. Photo by: Alicia Edquist

Founded in 1955, Downey Museum of Art has called Furman Park in the City of Downey home. In March 2009, city cancelled its lease due to legal troubles in the organization. Museum has been closed and sits vacant since 2009. Photo by: Alicia Edquist

Four years has brought change to the local art scene in the City of Downey due to the closure in 2009 of the 54-year-old Downey Museum of Art (DMOA) that opened in 1955 in Furman Park due to legal trouble in the organization.
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