Young artists sought to paint mural at Templeton dog park

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comApril 10, 2013 

The 2012 winner of Vineyard Dog Park's student art competition was Tracy Garcia of Templeton Middle School, who painted a mural of a girl sharing an ice cream cone with her puppy.

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Templeton's Vineyard Dog Park is looking for youth art.

The park, run by local nonprofit group Parks-4-Pups, is once again sponsoring its annual student art competition by welcoming local students to paint a large mural at the dog park's entrance off Vineyard Drive, according to a news release from the group.

The competition, now in its fourth year, has expanded to include students age 10 to 18 years old living in the North County.

The outdoor mural is replaced each year with the winning entry selected by the Vineyard Dog Park Board of Directors, organizers said.

Dogs and their people, local scenery such as vineyards and wildlife, and dog favorites such as trees, tennis balls and a swimming pool are among the many elements that could be incorporated in the artwork.

The 2012 winner of the competition was Tracy Garcia of Templeton Middle School, who painted a mural of a young girl sharing an ice cream cone with her puppy, according to the group. Previous winners include Luke Taylor and Emily Hurst both of Templeton High School.

“We’re looking for that special design that will make people smile when they come to the dog park,” Park-4-Pups President Paula O’Farrell said in a statement.

The contest winner will receive a $300 cash award and 50 community service hours.

To enter, submit a design as an 8-by-14-inch original color drawing in pencil or marker. The winner will also receive art instruction from a local professional artist to help them make it into a mural.

Entries can be mailed to Vineyard Dog Park, P.O. Box 1081, Templeton 93465 CA or hand delivered to the ARTery at 5890 Traffic Way in Atascadero. Entries can also be scanned and submitted by email to info@parks4pups.org.

Contest entries must be received by June 24, and the mural completed by Sept. 15. For more details, call 239-4437.

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