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Artists Sought for Dog Park Picnic Tables

Article by: Jeanie Stephens, the Telegraph, jeanie.stephens@thetelegraph.com

ALTON — The Alton Dog Park at Russell Commons Park will soon get a few colorful additions for its less furry patrons.

The 3-acre park, which opened in June 2014, is the largest in the Metro-East with four different fenced areas to accommodate dogs of different sizes. Since its installation and opening, improvements to the park have been made as funds allowed.

Using proceeds from the downtown Pup Crawl this spring, Alton Main Street has bought two 8-foot picnic tables and one 4-foot picnic table for the park. They now are looking for local artists to get creative with them.

Artists interested in the picnic table project can submit original designs to Alton Main Street via email at info@altonmainstreet.org. Submissions can be a digitally created graphics or sketched in any physical medium. The deadline is Saturday, July 12; submissions will be posted to the Alton Main Street Facebook page for voting July 15-26.

Once selected, artists will have until Sept. 15 to paint the tables on site, for which they will be compensated $200 for each large table and $100 for the small table to cover their supplies, time and talent. A plaque with the artist’s name also will be placed on each table upon completion.

The picnic tables were made by students of Lewis and Clark Community College’s YouthBuild program, a career pathway program functioning as an AmeriCorps network affiliate member. The program provides students with leadership opportunities while they earn money and develop an appreciation for community service.

Completed tables will be displayed and available for seating at the Sept. 21 Mississippi Earthtones Festival. In its 13th year, the annual celebration and gathering of nature and conservation groups and eco-friendly businesses is planned on East Broadway between Easton and Langdon streets.

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