East County News Service
March 14, 2018 (Ramona) – Utility boxes in Ramona will soon be sporting murals painted by local artists, sponsored by the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Murals Project.
The 17 SDG&E utility boxes on or near Main Street in Ramona will be painted started this spring.
The Utility Box project expands the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Murals Project initiated in 2010 to produce at least 30 murals on buildings throughout Ramona. To date, artists have completed 16 murals including the most recent, “Hiking on Mt. Woodson” at the Ramona Fitness Center.
The Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Board issued an Artist’s Call to the Ramona & Julian Art Guilds. To date, seven artists have submitted applications and will be assigned their utility box to spearhead the process.
They will submit a sketch rendering of their concepts for the boxes to be approved by the H.E.A.R.T. Committee and the Ramona Design Review Board. The seven artists to date are: Lynette Bredow, Casey Buonaugurio, Lyn Feudner, Jerry Meloche, Lauren Chiara, Isabelle Blanpied Dorroh and Lourans Mikhail.
As part of their program to encourage young student artists, the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Murals Board is also inviting artists under the age of 18 to participate. They will be paired with an adult art mentor chosen to paint the utility boxes. Interested youth should contact the committee at HeartUBRamona@gmail.com.
The Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project has received funds from the Ramona Community Foundation to provide a modest honorarium to the artists. In addition, Ransom Brothers Lumber & Supply Company is donating the paint and wire brushes to clean and paint the boxes.
Concepts should incorporate the community aspects represented in the H.E.A.R.T.:
· H = Historic buildings and hiking trails
· E = Equestrian industry
· A = Arts, antiques, and agriculture
· R = Rural country vistas and drives
· T = Tasting fine wines and cuisine
The utility boxes, like the building murals, will have one or more heart icons hidden for the viewer to discover.
The Ramona H.E.A.R.T Murals Project Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Corporation.
The goal of the Project is to encourage economic vitality by increasing tourism, promoting community pride, and celebrating Ramona’s rich cultural heritage through an outstanding outdoor visual arts program. For more information, go to http://ramonamurals.com.