Check Out Those Utility Box Mini-Murals!
Artist Lauren Chiara and student artist Isobel Maehler.
Have you noticed the transformation of utility boxes in Ramona into artwork? —one on the corner by the Sheriff’s office and the other in front of the library.
And there are more to come!
Lauren Chiara along with student artist Isobel Maehler, a 13 year old from Ramona middle school, painted the utility box at the NW corner of Montecito & Main.
Artist Lauren Chiara is also the volunteer managing the H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project Utility Box Program and serves as co-chair of the Ramona Art and Wine Festival. She praised student artist, Isobel Maehler. “We discussed the concept then she drew and painted an entire panel on her own. I couldn’t have asked for a more capable student artist.”
Casey Buonaugurio, a local artist also known for her hand-painted wine barrels auctioned at the Art and Wine Festival as well as her paintings of landscapes, animals, and nautical scenes, is responsible for the utility box art in front of the library.
Additional artists have been approved and/or are in the process to be approved to paint a utility box, including, Isabelle Dorroh, Jerry Meloche, Johnathan Martinez, Lourans Mikhail, Danni Pearson, and Helen Wilson. You should be seeing them at work on Main Street in the next few weeks. Interested youth and artists should contact the committee at HeartUBRamona@gmail.com.
These are the first of 17 SDG&E utility boxes scheduled for artwork as part of the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project with a grant from the Ramona Community Foundation and donation from Ransom Brothers Lumber & Supply Company.