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Painting walls, imaginations

Painting walls, imaginations

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WAYNESBORO—Street artists, music and children’s activities will paint Waynesboro on Saturday with the 2nd Annual Virginia Street Arts Festival at Waynesboro. At 440 North Commerce Street, vivacious colors will replace grey bricks and inspire imaginations.

“[We’re] interested in art and a way to bring the community together,” marketing director Elizabeth Vagnoni said.

The festival begins at 10:30 a.m., with artist Nils Westergard painting a mural on a 100 x 20 foot wall. Westergard is from and works in Richmond.

From 11 a.m. until noon a smART Marketing Workshop will be held for artist entrepreneurs. The Staunton Creative Community Fund is partnering with Chiedo Marketing to talk about branding, partnerships, community resources and more. There is limited registration.

In addition to Westergard, other street artists will be set up. The event will set up cubicles for children to try their hand at street art.

“Those are opportunities for kids to have some spray paint kids can paint on the wall,” Vagnoni said.

Food and beverages are available in food trucks.

A stage will also bring life to the Basic City area. Throughout the entire day, there will be live music from local artists.

“It’s a little bit of a mixture of music this time,” Vagnoni described. “There are a lot of local hip-hop guys and a couple contemporary bands coming. There will be music from basically 12 p.m. until 11 p.m. with a break between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.”

A few of the artists include Fellowman, Lady Taij, Bobby Capri and The Dawn Drapes.

Vagnoni hoped that events like the 2nd Annual Virginia Street Arts Festival in Waynesboro would continue to gain popularity and grow.

“I think it’s an unusual opportunity to see art right in front of you,” she said.

The event is sponsored by E-N Computers. For more information, visit the Facebook account at “Virginia Street Arts Festival at Waynesboro.”

Michelle L. Mitchell may be reached at or twitter at @MichelleTNV.

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