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.
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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.