UTILITY BOX MINI-MURALS PROJECT COMPLETED

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Seven more artists finish

Photo:  Lori Sutherland

East County News Service

October 10, 2018 (Ramona) - Ramona artists recently finished painting seven more utility boxes, completing the total of seventeen mini-murals as part of the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project, aided by a grant from the Ramona Community Foundation and donations from Ransom Brothers Lumber & Supply Company.

The seven recently painted utility boxes include:

Three painted utility boxes can be viewed together at 1512 Main Street next to the Union Bank on the Main Street side:

Charlene Pulsonetti’s mini-mural is, according to the artist, reminiscent of most of her work. The woman riding the horse represents independence, self-confidence and a connection with nature. In addition to painting utility boxes, Charlene creates original watercolor and acrylic paintings inspired by the American Southwest.

Karen Riedler’s birds cover her utility box from a winking owl to a scowling hawk, all local birds to Ramona! Karen is a designer, artist, illustrator, and avid volunteer. She has a BA in Electronic Art from CSU Chico. She uses her creative skills in all facets of her life, from her varied career experience in apparel and graphic design, to making art for her family. Karen finds that art is an important part of life and encourages anyone who has the will to push their limits and create art from the heart. She has also written and illustrated two children’s books and has a third she illustrated to be released very soon. She does commissions and is always willing to hear about possible projects! Check out her website at www.karenriedler.com.

Lori Sutherland’s bright yellow mini-mural features large lavender flowers with checkered borders. Student artist Julianne Simonson, an 8th grader at Olive Pierce, assisted Lori. Lori is a local award-winning artist who shows her work in the 2Create Gallery in Ramona. She has also been a participant in the Ramona Open Studio Tour for several years. Known for her detailed and colorful colored pencil art, she also creates unique acrylic paintings, embellished with semi-precious stones, glass, and metal.  You can see more of Lori's art at LoriSutherland-Artist.com.

And not far from the Union Bank on Main Street next to Verizon at 1530 Main St. is a scene by Molly Jaeger-Begent. Molly, a contemporary acrylic artist who lives in Ramona, has been painting for many years. She attended the Art Students League of NYC. She is the owner of the 2Create Gallery at 438 Main Street, Ramona, CA.

Danni Pearson’s large sunflowers can be viewed at the corner of Main and 14th Streets. This is Danni’s second mini-mural utility box. The first is next to the Subway restaurant facing Day Street. Danni says she is passionate about her art. Whether faces, canvases, wood, or rocks, she’ll find a way to decorate them. She is a self-taught pyrographer (wood burner), creating works on everything from wooden spoons to cutting boards. She volunteers her time and painting skills to various community events, including painting faces at her children’s school and beautifying utility boxes.

Helen Wilson’s mini-mural is the second at the Starbuck’s drive-through. Her painting is to represent how, "Our Town of Ramona was created by a multiplicity of people, each with their own belief of how we came to be human.” Hannah Schwantner, who lives in Ramona, is a student of the Arts at Palomar College who assisted Helen. Helen is an internationally exhibited artist and currently the Director of The Art Center of Ramona, and a Palomar College Art Instructor. She is interested in identity and the genetic and social forces that form us. Website:  www.helenwilsonartist.com.

At the corner of 7th and Main, Janice Reich’s animal characters surround her mini-mural. When she’s not painting utility boxes, Janice’s artwork includes original watercolors, animal & pet art as well as photography of Ramona Valley vineyards and wineries, as well as vineyards and wineries in Tuscany.

The Ramona H.E.A.R.T Mural 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.