The Burbank Arts Beautification Program – Phase 1
In 2015, seven utility boxes located throughout the City were selected and painted by 7 talented artists inspired by the theme of “Just Imagine”. The artists were selected through a competitive application process, which required them to meet certain criteria and guidelines. All submissions were judged by a distinguished Selection Committee which included: iconic American muralist Kent Twitchell, artist Nan Rae, Burbank Cultural Arts Commissioner Lynda Willner, Burbank High animation and sculpture instructor Jonelle Pickett, and Burbank Art in Public Places committee member Dink O’Neal.
Ignacio Gomez, artist of the utility box sponsored by Woodbury University, located at City Hall. Its title is “Fun and Imagine with 3-D”. Ignacio has illustrated movie posters, book jackets, magazine covers, and editorial artwork and logo designs. He was one of 73 artists selected throughout the United States for an exhibit which is now on a national tour, “Our America, The Latino Presence in American Art.”
Alexandra Kube, artist of the utility box sponsored by the Cartoon Network, located at Robert. R Ovrom Park. Its title is “Taking Flight”. Alexandra has been painting most of her life. She has exhibited her work throughout the Southwest at various art festivals and gallery shows. Her paintings have recently appeared on the Maren Show and her work hangs in homes and in corporate headquarters across the nation.
Monika Petroczy, artist of the utility box sponsored by the Walt Disney Company, located at Brace Canyon Park. Its title is “When the Earth Dreams…” Monika was introduced to public art by her friend and has spent her career as a cartographer, graphic and web designer.
Marine Karapetian Rehrmann, artist of the utility box sponsored by Keller Williams Realty World Media Center, located at George Izay Park. It’s title is “Aves Affinity”. Marine’s profound love for children has led her to devote part of her career to helping children in as many ways as possible, including teaching art privately and working as a school art teacher. Marina also has paintings exhibited at many prominent art venues and has been in the entertainment industry in movies and commercials.
Jennifer Swain, artist of the utility box sponsored by Warner Brothers, located at Verdugo Park. Its title is “Creature Comforts”. Jennifer began freelancing after working for an advertising firm and with Warner Brothers. She has had many opportunities to work as a graphic designer, a city muralist, an award winning float designer for the Tournament of Roses, award winning chalk artist, an illustrator of children’s books and also a fine artist.
Trevin Swain, artist of the utility box sponsored by Burbank Water and Power, located at Bel Aire Park. Its title is “Elusive Ilusions”. Trevin is at the start of his artistic career, but as both of his parents are artists, he grew up being inspired by art and found passion for drawing at an early age.
Jennifer Turnbull, artist of the utility box sponsored by the Burbank Fine Arts Federation, located at the Rose Garden. Its title is “Good Morning Burbank”. Jennifer has exhibited her art in Los Angeles County, Orange County and Ventura County and it has been published in magazines and on album covers. Jennifer’s art can be seen in private collections around the world, and is part of the public collection of Mt. San Antonio College and the University of California, San Diego.