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Pleasanton seeks artists for 'Project Paint Box'

Applications due April 3

The City of Pleasanton is currently looking for artists to share their creativity through Phase II of "Project Paint Box," a public art beautification program.

The program's first phase began last fall when three traffic utility boxes in downtown Pleasanton were selected to be transformed by local Bay Area artists.

Phase II of Project Paint Box will also include three traffic utility boxes, located at the corners of: First Street at Bernal Avenue, Stanley Boulevard and First Street, and Kottinger Drive and First Street.

Artwork on the utility boxes should have a theme that embraces Pleasanton's culture, history, flora and fauna -- as well as have a strong Pleasanton connection.

Interested artists should submit an application, biography and proposed artwork design by April 3 at 5 p.m. The Project Paint Box application can be found online.

Eligible applicants must be from one of the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara or Solano.

Once all submissions have been entered, the Public Art Selection Sub-Committee (PASS) will review and evaluate them, recommending artists to the Civic Arts Commission.

The commission will invite the recommended artists to present their design at its May 4 meeting, during which the commission can ask artists questions about their design.

Pleasanton city council will review the commission's recommended final designs in June, and selected artists could begin their work as early as July.

For more information, contact community services manager Michele Crose at 931-5347 or mcrose@cityofpleasantonca.gov.

To date, Pleasanton has one traffic utility box completed at the corner of First and Neal streets, near Lions Wayside Park. The design, titled "Children at Play," was painted by Irma Grant. A second utility box, titled "I Love Pleasanton," is currently in progress by Tatiana Salvator -- at First and Ray streets. The last traffic utility box of Phase I, "Me Town, P-Town," will be completed in the coming months by Chinar Desai on Main and St. John streets.

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