With art festivals, it can feel like once you've seen one, you've seen them all. In Burbank that's actually true — last weekend's downtown Arts Festival is sponsored by Downtown Burbank and West Coast Artists, the latter of which hits street fairs like this all over Southern California.
But Burbank's festival guarantees you'll see a few pieces you won't find anywhere else. Among the paintings, handcrafted jewelry and furniture, there's one style that only stays in Burbank as long as the street sweepers and rain stay away.
Chalk artists have been around for centuries. In Italy, painters working on cathedrals would take to the street with chalk as a way to pay for their lunches. Today's artists come from all walks of life and media styles. They find ways to pull art out into the paths of the public.