The City of Henderson is proud to announce the return of Piazza Colori at the annual ArtFest of Henderson, May 8-9 at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water Street, in the Water Street District, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Local amateur and professional artists, individuals, families, cultural organizations and companies will create chalk art masterpieces during the two-day event. Spectator admission is FREE.

Piazza Colori is organized by the Green Valley Rotary Club and is the group’s version of an Italian street painting festival. The temporary public art display will cover the entire Henderson Events Plaza. In 2009, the event attracted more than 60 local artists including Donovan Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald will participate in this year’s Piazza Colori as a featured artist. He began creating chalk art four years ago and often recreates works produced by classical masters such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Caravaggio. Fitzgerald’s work can be seen throughout the valley, adorning the walls of churches, schools and homes of Las Vegas’ elite. His clients include casino executives, record producers, as well as schools and churches including Bishop Gorman and St. Viator. He’s also been commissioned to do art for the Stirling Club Las Vegas.

This year, more than 80 artists will compete for a cash prize in three categories. Awards will be presented in the following categories: Best Professional, Best Amateur and People’s Choice. The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artist, designating a People’s Choice Award winner.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to several Henderson and Southern Nevada charities, as well as the International Polio Foundation.

ArtFest of Henderson has been a Mother’s Day weekend tradition for 13 years. The event will include over 100 select artisan and crafter booths, displaying and selling a variety of artwork including paintings, ceramics, jewelry and photography. Other family-friendly activities include two stages of live entertainment, food vendors and a Kids’ Gallery, an interactive area where children can participate in several arts and crafts activities. Additionally, a new section, entitled Made in Nevada, has been added to this year’s street fair. Made in Nevada supports the local arts community, allowing resident artists the opportunity to showcase their talents.

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