Three storm drains located on State Street near the Pine Bluff Civic Center complex are sporting new paint jobs after a couple of students at Pine Bluff High School and an art teacher at White Hall High School spent a number of hours decorating them.
Lee Anderson, the staff chair and Cooperative Extension Agent for Jefferson County, said the idea behind the art is to make people stop and think about where the water flows after it enters a storm drain.
Ashia Shelton and Justin Thomasson, both 10th graders at Pine Bluff High School, and John Bowman, who is the art teacher at White Hall High School, signed up for the project after Anderson said the extension service put out the word they were looking for artists. Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth gave her approval for the work to be done.
According to her resume, Shelton began painting at the age of seven due to the influence of her mother, who is also an artist. As she grew older, she was introduced to different illustrators and painters and developed her own style. She also was involved in other forms of art, such as classical music that she was exposed to at W.T. Cheney Elementary School. She began to play the violin, and since then has wanted to go to a design school such as Rhode Island School of Design or the School for Visual Arts, where she will major in illustration and graphic design.