Bathroom art

Anderson New Technology students will soon be leaving their mark on local buildings but they won’t be getting in trouble. The city of Anderson Community Services recently selected two local artist – high school students – to paint murals on the bathrooms at Anderson River Park.

“We wrote a grant through the Shasta Region Community Foundation,” said Pam Lewis, recreation supervisor for the City of Anderson Community Services. “It was a community arts grant. We wrote the grant to give youth the opportunity to create (artwork), and to empower them to know that art can be a career, and that you can get paid for it.”

To that end, each student-artist who works on the project will receive a small stipend.

“We have two pieces that were chosen,” said Lewis, who was grateful to Michelle Boydstrom, Anderson New Technology’s art teacher, for all her help. Boydstrom made the project a part of her student’s class work, said Lewis.

“They had the option of working on it during school,” added Lewis.

The artist selected were Priscilla Wong, a Junior this year at the high school, and Isabelle Podtetenieff, a sophomore.

“Our two winners and four other art students will be painting at the River Park bathrooms,” said Boydstrom. “We are still in the planning phase.”

Lewis said she was very impressed with the quality of work they received.

“We got a wide variety of pieces,” said Lewis. “We had some very intricate pieces that standing alone were wonderful pieces of art. It was very impressive to see what the kids were capable of given the opportunity.”

At some point in the future students will be prepping the restrooms, but they have one year to complete the grant, Lewis reports.

“We have to be finished by next August, but it will probably be sooner than that,” said Lewis. “I’m very excited about it. I think this gives us a wonderful opportunity to see how well art in the park is accepted by the community. My hope is that if this is successful we can get more art into the community.”

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