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Vineyard Dog Park Student Art Contest now accepting entries 

-Special from the Soaring Eagle Press-

Students 10 to 18 years of age are eligible to enter

vineyard dog park art contestVineyard Dog Park is now accepting entries for the 5th Annual Student Art Contest to paint a 4-by-7-foot outdoor mural for the park entrance. The contest is open to students 10–18 years of age residing in North San Luis Obispo County.

“We’re looking for that special design that will make people smile when they come to the dog park,” said Paula O’Farrell of the VDP Board of Directors. “Many park visitors tell me that the student mural, whimsical fire hydrants, colorful flags and spectacular scenery all combine to make Vineyard Dog Park a real gem. And we consider or entrance mural very important as it contributes to the first impression for new visitors to the park.”

The winner of the competition will receive a $300 cash prize and be awarded community service hours in addition to having all art expenses paid at the completion of the project. The winning mural will be on display at the dog park for one year.

The full-color mural should incorporate any of the following elements: dogs and their people in various activities, vineyards and hillsides, park amenities (trees, landscaping, Frisbees, tennis ball, swimming pool), native plants or wildlife (butterflies, birds, deer, etc.).

The design must be an 8 by 14 inch original color drawing in pencil or marker. Contest entries can be mailed to Vineyard Dog Park, PO Box 1081, Templeton, CA 93465 or delivered to the Templeton Community Services District office (5th & Crocker in downtown Templeton). Entries may also be scanned and emailed to

All entries must be received by June 24, 2014, the winner will be notified by July 1, and the mural must be completed by September 15.

The 2013 winner of the competition was Annie Meeder of Paso Robles High School who painted a whimsical mural of dogs driving themselves to the dog park. Previous winners include Tracy Garcia, Luke Taylor, and Emily Hurst – all students from Templeton High School.  For additional information, please contact Paula O’Farrell at 239-4437.