The Ventura Street Painting Festival beautifies the port
By Chris Frost
Tri County Sentry
Ventura – After being closed in 2020 due to Covid-19, the Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival, on Saturday and Sunday September 11 and 12, was a creative collaboration that added a unique beauty to the sidewalks surrounding the Port of Ventura.
The artists came armed with chalk, and slowly but surely the sidewalks surrounding the harbor shops became something beautiful.
Artist Jason Ingalsby is part of the Chalk Mafia and created what he called an Image of Mental Health. He has been creating chalk art for six years.
âIt’s about coming out of the masks and healing,â he said. âIt’s health, getting rid of masks on the outside and feeling the fresh air. We have two days, so we will be working on our photos on Saturday and Sunday. Everyone is doing a great job.
Mom Rosemarie Ingalsby-Beltran helped Jason.
âI bring the stuff and watch it when he takes his break,â she said. âHe takes a private art class with 10 autistic people, and he learned there. He also learned to do mixes with a few chalk artists here.
She said Jason takes care of different events.
âTwo weeks ago we hosted the autism event,â she said. âThen we’ll do the Simi Valley event. Wherever the events are, but this one is our favorite.
She said the Ventura Chalk Festival helps Jason a lot.
âEveryone is like family here,â Rosemarie said.
Juan Beltran said he and Rosemarie were very supportive of Jason.
âHe learned from all the artists,â Juan said. âWe give it its space, and I only repair the canvas. I let him do his thing, and all the other artists help him. We make suggestions to him.
Jason Ingalsby is on Instagram.
Larry Diaz was creating the Evil Queen in Snow White and spent time visiting his friend Jason.
âShe’s my favorite,â Diaz said. âOn concrete, it’s my first time, but I’m training. âShe’s been my favorite queen since I was a little boy. This is my 10th year here, so I wanted to pay tribute to him.
He too is a member of the Chalk Mafia.
âHowever, I only come once a year,â he said. âI love to visit my friend Jason because he also makes amazing art. Its colors are so vibrant.
Larry calls the art of chalk his life’s work.
âI’ve been an artist my whole life,â he says. âI only do black and white portraits, so I do this event every year in color. I am color blind. I can’t see the blues, purples and my reds are off, so if I’m wrong it’s only once a year.
Christopher Minsal, also known as Yokie 121, said he and his daughter have always been fascinated by lizards.
âI’m painting his lizard Popo,â he said. âIt’s an alligator lizard, but I really like the color, and alligator lizards are more tan, brown, and natural. I thought I would lighten it up with a bit of blue and yellow and not make it abstract, but not make it a normal colored alligator lizard.
He said it was his second chalk festival, but he does a lot of street murals.
âI made big buildings and a lot of things all over the Antelope Valley,â he said. âEspecially in my children’s schools which have walls 100 feet long and eight feet high. If you have the opportunity to spend a lot of time there, you can stay there for months if your brain allows. When I do something like this, I am a little more free. I can probably do it by the end of the day, but I’ll probably extend it until tomorrow and have a little fun with it. I’m probably going to change a couple of things. I am a physical artist.
He brought a lot of chalk.
âIt’s just fun chalk,â Minsal said. “I’ll use a tempera base, which looks like chalk paint, which saves you a bit of money with real chalk.” He washes off right away.
He said his daughter provided comments.
âPopo has only three legs and he’s missing his left front leg,â she told him. âPopo in the art world is on all fours.
You can find Yokie 121 on Instagram or at Christopher Minsal on Facebook.
Veronica Haynoski was creating an angel with a shiny sunflower in her hand while her father worked on a nearby creation.
âI had to think about it, and it was my mom’s idea to do something original,â she said. âI never did anything original. It has always been someone else’s job. Sunflowers make me happy.
She started with a base coat and then drew an outline of the character she wanted.
âThe original piece I made was like a sketch,â she said. âI did a different pose this time. We’ll see how it goes from there. I’ve drawn most of my life, but this is my sixth year at the Ventura Chalk Festival. I usually do markers, I love my pen and paper, but my dad introduced me to chalk art.