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  • ART IN ASHLAND

    Beautifying the boxes

    Public Arts Commission issues a call for proposals to local artists
  • Pale green sheet metal may not be the typical artist's canvas, but it will provide the medium for three artists to earn a total of $1,500 while brightening the Ashland streetscape.
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  • Pale green sheet metal may not be the typical artist's canvas, but it will provide the medium for three artists to earn a total of $1,500 while brightening the Ashland streetscape.
    The city of Ashland Public Arts Commission has issued a call for area artists to submit proposals for boxes at three locations: a single box on A Street at the southeast corner of its intersection with Oak Street; a pair of boxes on Pioneer Street near A Street, across from Gathering Glass Studio; and a cluster of three boxes south of the North Mountain Park Nature Center on North Mountain Avenue.
    The utility boxes, owned by the city, contain electrical wiring. The utility box beautification program, begun in 2007, has given makeovers to more than 15 boxes so far. The addition of six more is an increase of 40 percent.
    Art on the existing boxes is representational. Subjects include flowers, swans, the Allen Elizabethan Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and a fawn in a mountain landscape.
    Artists are asked to use geometric shapes or patterns for their designs for the boxes on A and Pioneer streets.
    Designs for the North Mountain Park boxes "should reflect the theme of sustainability which might include recycling and/or water conservation," according to the call for entries online at www.ashland.or.us.
    Artists have until Sept. 4 to submit their proposals via email to seltzera@ashland.or.us. A committee of from five to seven people, none of whom are on the arts commission, will select the three artists and announce their names on Sept. 11. Artists are supposed to complete their work by Oct. 3. (Correction: The email address has been corrected.)
    A professional painter will lay down a base coat before artists begin their work, and apply a clear vandal-proof coating afterwards.
    Selected artists will have an allowance for paint purchase at Miller paint, sign their artwork and receive $250 for painting the single box, $500 for the pair and $750 for the trio.
    Etling can be reached by email at betling@dailytidings.com and by phone at 541-776-4465 or 541-631-1313. His Twitter handle is @betling.
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