Students splash color on Roseville alley

Paint mural on side of Placer ARC building
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Go ahead and take a leisurely walk down the alley near Placer ARC in downtown Roseville, just avoid the passageway at night. Why? Because you’ll miss the full impact of the colorful 10-by-20-foot mural now gracing the north side of the building at 522 Vernon St. The painting depicts dancers, swimmers, the Roseville Theater marquee, bubbles and other images of smiling faces. “The idea was supposed to be fun and bright and lots of movement and light,” said designer Samantha Swain. “I love art and I really wanted to do something to brighten up the community, and on a larger scale.” As the project’s mastermind, Samantha developed the mural idea, created the design and worked with the City of Roseville and Placer Advocacy Resources and Choices to obtain permission. The Casa Roble High School junior also recruited the help of friends and parents. Altogether, volunteers logged 250 hours bringing this artwork to life, said Nina Anderson, mom of artist Lauren Anderson, a junior at Del Oro High School. The mural was completed as a community service project. Samantha decided to collaborate with Placer ARC, a nonprofit organization that provides services and protects the rights of children with special needs. “I think it’s fabulous that we have something on our building that no one else in town has,” said Placer ARC Executive Director Barbara Guenther. “What’s greater is that (Samantha) just did this because she wanted to. We’re really lucky.” Casa Roble junior Robin Guillot spent 36 hours painting the alleyway over the three weeks it took to complete the project. “I’m surprised we got it done in three weeks,” Robin said. Fellow junior Marina McWhirten also helped out, taking a few days off after getting her wisdom teeth pulled. “We were freaking out we wouldn’t get it done,” she said, noting the project’s complexity and narrow space involved. “It was like Twister, with paint.” Sena Christian can be reached at