OGDEN -- It's art in transit.
The Utah Transit Authority has opened a special art exhibit in Washington Terrace that showcases murals created by local artists. That art is, or soon will be, seen in bus shelters across the Top of Utah.
The exhibit, titled "The Mural Exhibit," is being held at the Pleasant Valley Library until Wednesday as part of UTA's bus stop mural program.
Three murals were recently finished by local artists and can be seen at the exhibit.
Ben Lomond High School students Lina Tomasevic and Shayla Evans created a mural that will be placed at a bus shelter near the library, 5568 S. Adams Parkway.
The piece features a FrontRunner train traveling through an unnamed cityscape, with snowcapped mountains and a full moon serving as background.
Earl Jones, of Kaysville, created a piece that features Kaysville residents participating in a variety of activities in different backgrounds, with the old Bamberger train moving toward the city's grain elevator.
His piece will be placed at a shelter near Kaysville City Hall, 23 E. Center St.
Brigham City artist Colleen Bradford created a mural that will be placed near the Brigham City Community Hospital, 950 S. 500 West. The mural features several historic locations that can be found in the city.
UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter said the mural program is designed to enhance the transit riding experience and is available to anyone who is interested in sharing their artistic talents with the community.
All artwork installed in UTA shelters has been created by local artists, ranging from professionals to elementary student groups.
Bradford said the program is great for artists who are trying to get their work seen, no matter how proficient they are.
"It's a nice way for artists to get their work out there," she said. "And I like to drive by mine and say, 'Oh, I did that.' "
Carpenter said there are some guidelines and restrictions, but artists are encouraged to be creative.
Typically, artwork has been reflective of the community in which it is placed.
UTA approves the work, provides the materials and paint and installs it in the bus stop shelters.
All artwork is treated with an anti-graffiti coating.
Carpenter said funding for the bus stop mural program comes from Federal Transit Administration bus enhancement grants. The typical cost per mural is less than $300.
Carpenter said community art, like the murals, has been shown to deter vandalism and graffiti while improving the transit experience.
With this year's three additions, UTA has 14 total bus stop murals -- four in Weber County, one in Davis County, one in Box Elder County, four in Utah County and four in Salt Lake County.