'Paint Pascagoula Project' adds color to city's landscape

tleytham@sunherald.comJune 27, 2014 

PASCAGOULA -- At high noon on a hot, humid day this week, Suzanne Nelson dipped her brush into a sky-blue palette to paint a lighthouse on an electrical box at Market Street and Ingalls Avenue.

The box also has a pelican silhouette in yellow, and it's not the only brightly painted box around Pascagoula.

The Paint Pascagoula Project aims to transform 10 utility boxes into works of art, said Anne Pitre, city spokeswoman, and she said two boxes are still available as canvases.

One is on the northeast corner of Live Oak and Market, the other on the northwest corner of Old Mobile Highway and Orchard.

"The project was developed as a way to beautify Pascagoula and showcase local artistic talent," Pitre said.

Nelson, who has been painting for about 3½ years, said she submitted a design proposal to the city and was chosen. She's painted a couple of other boxes in addition to the one she was working on Thursday.

The city sought artistic people with an appreciation for Pascagoula's past and future.

They chose submissions that depicted colorful and positive images of the city's culture and history.

Each artist is paid a stipend upon box completion, and will receive recognition on the city's website, social media accounts and in any publicity the city does for the project.

The boxes and artists:

n Live Oak Avenue and Pascagoula Street, Teresa Casey, "River Run"

n Telephone Road and Market Street, Suzanne Nelson, "Heavenly Skyline"

n Convent Street and Market Street, Teresa Casey, "Beach Ride"

n Polk Avenue and Market Street, Nicholas Martin, "River Run Run"

n Ingalls Avenue and Market Street, Suzanne Nelson, "Birds"

n Ingalls Avenue and 14th Street, Cindy Rancier, "Pascagoula's Aura"

n Hospital Road and Old Mobile Highway, Brenda Kitchens, "Sunset"

n 14th Street and Telephone Road, Brenda Kitchens, "Oak"

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