What is better than art to brighten a lonely, bare fence? That was Jackie Dandeneau’s idea when she wrote grant proposals last year to spruce up the Creamery District’s drab fences. Apparently the Puffin Foundation and California Arts Council agreed and awarded grants to the Creamery District to fund local artists to create 6’ by 4’ art pieces to be hung on the chain-link and wooden fences in the Creamery District.
The first piece was painted and hung by the AmeriCorps NCCC crew that lived and worked in the Creamery District in June 2015. The other commissioned pieces are being painted now and they will be hung this winter and spring. The accompanying photo shows artist Annette Makino putting the finishing touches on her piece.
The grants supply the artists with a stipend and materials including paint, brushes, sealer and exterior-grade plywood. Another grant-funded art installation that will be coming soon is called The Village. The Village is a painted, wooden, folk art installation that will grow and change over time. The California Arts Council funded The Village and also the holiday lighting that is currently displayed in the Creamery District.