Friday, October 19, 2018     Volume: 19, Issue: 33

Santa Maria Sun / Art

The following article was posted on November 8th, 2017, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 18, Issue 36 [ Submit a Story ]
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Santa Maria unveils more painted utility boxes


The city of Santa Maria has five more colorful murals by local artists now that Phase Two of the Utility Box Art Project is complete. Phase Three of the project remains on hold until further funding is acquired.

Last month, five local artists—Autumn Jennings, Angelina LaPointe, Frank Dominguez, Laura Lozano, and Ruben Espinoza—painted mini murals with scenes inspired by the community. The artists were chosen by a panel of 13 judges to paint on traffic signal utility boxes along Betteravia Road, west of Highway 101. The second phase was developed by the city with the support of the public-private partnership between the city of Santa Maria Community Development Department and local sponsors.

Sponsors of Phase Two included Diane and Kieran Adam, Tri W Enterprises Incorporated, the Santa Maria Arts Council, People for Leisure And Youth Inc. (PLAY Inc.), BMLA, and Landscape Architecture. The first phase of the Utility Box Art Project was completed in April 2017 when four local artists painted utility boxes along Main Street.

Organizers have planned for a Phase Three, however it is unknown when it will take place as there is currently no funding available. Aspiring artists are encouraged to watch the Recreation and Parks Department’s Facebook page for the next call to artists. These newly painted boxes will be added to the city’s Public Art Map which can be viewed at

Questions may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at 925-0951, Ext. 2260.

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