SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Organizers of the I Madonnari chalk drawing festival started setup preparations Thursday in front of the Old Mission in Santa Barbara.

The three-day event will showcase 150 chalk artists, food booths and live music. Children can practice their chalk art with the $10 purchase of an asphalt square designated for the youth.

The festival benefits the Children's Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office.

The project serves 50,000 children in more than 100 schools with visual and performing arts workshops and performances throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

The event hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free.

This year’s featured artist is Santa Barbara resident Jessea Gay Marie. She began her feature piece of a Chumash cave painting combined with a sunset. Marie said she is happy to represent the Chumash heritage of the Santa Barbara Mission in her artwork this year.  

Folks can also see beautiful chalk drawings at the San Luis Obispo Mission on Broad and Monterey streets.

NewsChannel 3 photojournalist Oscar Flores captured her story. For more information please visit http://www.imadonnarifestival.com/