Footprint, sea shell designs win Creative Crossings contest
Willis Jacobson firstname.lastname@example.org - Dec 4, 2015 A pair of crosswalks near downtown Lompoc soon will undergo a beachy makeover thanks to Phase II of the Creative Crossings program. The winning designs for the crosswalk artwork contest were revealed Friday evening during a ceremony at Centennial Park. One of the designs features sets of footprints — human and critter — navigating through the crosswalk, while the other features a row of alternating sea shells and sand dollars. The footprint design was created by Michelle Schaefer and the sea shell design was made by Linda Powers. Each artist will receive a $500 honorarium for their winning submission. The artwork will be permanently placed in the two crosswalks at the intersection of North I Street and West Walnut Avenue, near the city's Anderson Recreation Center. The two winning designs were among seven that were put up for a public vote last week. Schaefer, a second-generation Lompocan, is a visual artist who said she uses acrylic paints, graphic design, and home and garden design to help inspire her creativity and inspiration. Schaefer also is a writer and said she enjoys painting with words and creating playful illustrations. Powers moved to Lompoc with her husband this summer and said she instantly fell in love with the town, nearby Vandenberg Air Force Base, murals, beaches, flowers, vegetable fields and people. Powers, who said she has always been creative, noted that she first started working with stained glass more than 20 years ago and is now beginning to paint on wood. Friday evening's winners reception was held during a community gathering following the Lompoc Children's Christmas Season Parade. The Creative Crossings program is coordinated by the Healthy Lompoc Coalition and is funded by a $30,000 grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation. The goal is to enhance the pedestrian experience and the public art experience in Lompoc, according to the Healthy Lompoc Coalition. The first phase of the program culminated in August with four crosswalks being painted at the intersection of South H Street and Cypress Avenue.