This past Saturday I got the chance to go attend the main event day for the House of PainT Festival that lasted from September 9th to 13th. As someone who appreciates art and its creation, I was more than excited to see some beautiful work created right before my eyes.

Arriving at the festival I had no idea what to expect. I had only heard about House of PainT in the past, as well as the famous wall that would be spray painted throughout the festival from friends who spoke highly of the artists who participated – and I was not let down.

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House of painT

As I walked under the Dunbar Bridge at Brewer Park, I looked to my right to see the wall I had heard so much about. There were multiple men and women, spray paint cans in hand, creating masterpieces on a simple wall where nothing but black paint used to be.

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House of painT

The event had many elements that made it great. In addition to artists spray-painting, there were a couple of people working on individual pieces.

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Pictured Above: A local artist creates a stunning piece of art, using a woodblock as his canvas

There was a stage where music was playing and people were dancing and having fun, all having escaped the rain and happy to be dry.

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House of painT

There were also different stands featuring local artists, showcasing and selling their pieces.

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Pictured above: Sarah Ladhani creates beautiful pieces of art ranging from paintings, mugs, bowls, and keychains. Check out her website, Just a Thought, for more of Sarah’s work.
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Pictured Above: Amy Hoare repurposes records and turntables and paints stunning images on them. You can find her on Instagram @thabtoArt.

Some people were at the Festival representing charities. For example, there was a table dedicated to Unity, a charity focused on empowering youth through the arts.

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Pictured above: A representative from Unity showcasing merchandise ranging from t shirts, tank-tops to hats that are sold to fundraise money for the great cause.

No festival would be complete without food trucks, right? House of PainT had some delicious options for festival attendees to try.

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Pictured above: Rico Peru, serving authentic Peruvian dishes such as Ceviche, Pollo a la brasa and Tallarin Saltado.
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Pictured above: Platanos, meaning plantains, stuck to its name serving a variety of plantain featured dishes such as the “Spicy Black Bean Taco” made up of Spicy-sweet sautéed plantain, black beans, mozzarella, homemade salsa and fresh cilantro (yum!).
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Pictured above: What the Truck? Pizza & Panini, served a variety of pizza dishes ranging from your classic Margerita to their “Spicy Inferno” (featuring hot salami, marinated eggplant and hot peppers).

Overall, the festival was more than a success. After a day outside, watching art be created and appreciated, I would recommend attending the festival next year. If you like art, creativity, good food and good music, it’s an event you don’t want to miss.