Leading Publisher of Art Brings Creativity and Design to the Streets

NOVATO, CA June 30, 2004 -- Portal Publications, a graphic arts publishing company, announced its participation and sponsorship of the 11th Annual Italian Street Painting Festival. The festival was held in downtown San Rafael, California over the weekend of June 12th and 13th. A devoted team of Portal employees painted a striking replication of Ivey Hayes's painting, "Red Shoes."

"The Annual Italian Street Painting Festival is an event that brings an entire community together to support a truly remarkable organization–‘Youth in Arts,'" stated Randy Jacobson, the IT Programmer for Portal, and the leader of Portal's painting team for this year's event. "We are proud and honored to have been a sponsor and participant in this year's festival. Our team had a great time painting with all of the other artists around us. The weather was beautiful, and the paintings were fantastic. We are already looking forward to next year's event."

This was the second time Portal has sponsored and participated in the Italian Street Painting Festival. Portal was among over 100 other Northern California companies who sponsored the event. The "Youth in Arts" organization (YIA) coordinates the annual festival. The yearly event tradition requires that all street paintings be drawn by hand in chalk, which is provided by YIA.

About Portal Publications
Portal Publications, headquartered in Novato, California, is one of the world's largest publishers of graphic arts. Fifty years and millions of images later, Portal's library includes best-selling calendars, greeting cards, posters, matted prints, and framed art that capture trends of the time. In addition, Portal publishes the art of leading artists and photographers such as Anne Geddes, John Lund, Flavia, and Linda Maron. With a vision of "a compelling image in every home," Portal has perfected the business of art by seamlessly integrating imagination, production, and technologies into a successful business structure. For more information, please visit www.portalpub.com or call 800-227-1720. Portal is a proud member of the Devon Publishing Group.

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