BRENTWOOD -- Liberty High School's Arts and Humanities Academy will soon start preparations for its second public art project . The student artists, who are seniors in an internship program on the Brentwood campus, will be painting five utility boxes throughout the downtown area with local agricultural images, including strawberries, corn, pumpkins, peaches and cherries.

The utility boxes are located along major downtown streets, including Brentwood Boulevard and Second and Oak streets. This week, the Brentwood City Council allocated $10,706 from the city's public art funds to support the project.

"I'm very excited because some of it looked good enough to eat tonight," said Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor of the produce art replicas at a Tuesday night meeting. "I want to go out and harvest."

Last spring, the Liberty interns created an aquatic-themed mural inside a tunnel near King Park off Sand Creek Road. That is when this partnership between the city and AHA began for the annual internship project.

In other public art news, local artists will be displaying original art from a variety of mediums at the Brentwood Community Center starting in January. The Public Art Wall program will allow local artists and art organizations to show their best work for the community to see.

More than a dozen East County residents from Pittsburg to Discovery Bay will be displaying their photography, mixed media, ceramics, watercolors, pencil-and-ink drawings, mixed- medium works and oil paintings on the walls of the new Brentwood Community Center. The featured art pieces and artists will change every three months throughout 2013.


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The East Contra Costa Historical Society will display 19 banners of local farmers and produce with photographs and farmer interviews. East County's Discover Art League will host a contest among its 60 members to determine what will be displayed and will utilize any open wall space that is not reserved, according to Brentwood Recreation Manager Poldina Scherff.

The first Public Art Wall show will open on Jan. 7 and be available for public viewing weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Paula King can be reached at 925-779-7174 or pking@bayareanewsgroup.com.