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Utility boxes to get paint job via city’s ArtBox program

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Six local artists have been selected to paint utility boxes around the city this summer through the city’s ArtBox program. Now in its third year,, ArtBox aims to transform utility boxes into original works of art while also promoting individual artists and Salem’s burgeoning arts scene. The city invites artists to submit works and an independent jury of creative professionals makes the selections. This year’s painting started last weekend and will continue through July 25. “As Salem grows its public art profile, I am proud to see the ArtBox program continue to attract talented artists in its third year and I am happy to see that they are all residents of Salem,” Mayor Kimberley L. Driscoll said in a prepared statement. Scott Froeschl kicked off the program this year, painting his work “Inner Pieces” in Lafayette Park. Sheila Farren Billings this week is scheduled to paint her work, “More Power,” at the corner of Margin and Mill streets. The four other selected artists who will paint in subsequent weeks are Matthew Curley, Heather Reid-Barratt, Emily Larsen, and Jennifer Hale.

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