Monday, June 11, 2012

Utility art is a street gallery in Lakeview

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Sharon Gautier painted this utility box at City Park Avenue and Marconi Drive.
  • Sharon Gautier painted this utility box at City Park Avenue and Marconi Drive.

Local artists are painting interpretative landscapes on some of the large gray utility boxes found near stoplights in Lakeview as part of the New Orleans Street Gallery. Some of the boxes are landscapes that are the same or similar on all four sides of the box. Others offer a different scene on each side.

The street gallery project is the brainchild of Jeannie P. Tidy, president of Community Visions Unlimited, who worked with the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association and Councilwoman Susan Guidry to get the project running. Guidry helped the group obtain a grant from AT&T to help fund the project.

Eight utility boxes already have been transformed into street art, and four more are available. Artists whose concepts are selected receive a $250 stipend for their work. Paint is supplied by Community Visions. To apply, visit www.cvunola.org or call Heather deLapouyade at 957-8716.

More photos below the jump:

Lynne Jensen painted the train bridge (in the background of the photo) on the front and back of the box and railroad tracks on the sides.
  • Lynne Jensen painted the train bridge (in the background of the photo) on the front and back of the box and railroad tracks on the sides.

Jensens art box at Canal Boulevard and Navarre Avenue has train tracks on both sides.
  • Jensen's art box at Canal Boulevard and Navarre Avenue has train tracks on both sides.

Artist Evelyn Menge completed the first box at Harrison Avenue and Canal Boulevard. Other artists include Karel Sloan Bookbinder (Harrison and Marconi avenues), Sharon Gautier (Marconi and City Park avenues; Veterans Memorial Boulevard and Fleur de Lis Street), Lynne Jensen (Canal Boulevard and Navarre Avenue), Evelyn Menge (Canal Boulevard and Filmore Street), Phil Vanderkyn (Canal Boulevard and Robert E. Lee Avenue) and Jamar Duvol Pierre (West End Boulevard and Harrison Avenue).

Once all the boxes are painted, organizers will print a brochure and map of the art box locations, along with information about the artists. Tidy says she would like to see the project expand throughout New Orleans and offers information on www.cvunola.org about how to implement it in other areas.

Evelyn Menge  created an art box at Canal Boulevard and Filmore St. that is different on each side.
  • Evelyn Menge created an art box at Canal Boulevard and Filmore St. that is different on each side.

Evelyn Menge : View 2
  • Evelyn Menge : View 2

Evelyn Menge : View 3
  • Evelyn Menge: View 3

Sharon Gautier: Veterans Memorial Boulevard at Fleur de Lis Street
  • Sharon Gautier: Veterans Memorial Boulevard at Fleur de Lis Street

Jamar Duvol Pierre created a four-sided art box at West End Boulevard and Harrison Avenue.
  • Jamar Duvol Pierre created a four-sided art box at West End Boulevard and Harrison Avenue.

Jamar Duvol Pierre: View 2
  • Jamar Duvol Pierre: View 2

Jamar Duvol Pierre: View 3
  • Jamar Duvol Pierre: View 3

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