Vicky Walter, LEFT, and Cheri Thompson at the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce show off Jody the Coyote, painted by Diana Coonradt. Courtesy Photo

Vicky Walter, LEFT, and Cheri Thompson at the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce show off Jody the Coyote, painted by Diana Coonradt. Courtesy Photo

Mesquite is featuring a public art display during  June.

The “Mesquite Coyote” is sponsored by Virgin Valley Artists Association (VVAA) to spotlight the fun and community spirit generated by art.  The artists crafted a larger-than-life wooden cutout of a coyote and offered it free of charge to local businesses to decorate and display.

The spirit caught on, and those mascots are appearing at the doors of 40 businesses June 1-25.  The public is invited to vote for their favorite, and be on hand when the “Leader of the Pack” winner is announced at the 10th Anniversary Reception for the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, Thursday, June 27, 4-7pm.

A list of the participating businesses is below. Any business can provide ballots, and votes must be returned to the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, at 15 W, Mesquite Blvd., by June 25.  The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The VVAA, operators of the city-owned Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery facility, is hosting the 10th anniversary reception that marks this significant milestone.   The reception and other 2013 art education activities, including the coyote public art display, are funded jointly by VVAA and a Community Grant awarded by the City of Mesquite for the year-long celebration.

Visit these 40 locations to see every Mesquite Coyote:

Colonial Property Management      736 W. Pioneer Blvd  #200

America First Credit Union

590 W Mesquite Blvd

Best Western Inn

390 N Sandhill Blvd

Cancer Help Society

150 N Yucca St

Chamber of Commerce

12 W Mesquite Blvd #107

College of Southern Nevada

140 N Yucca Street

Coyote Willows Golf Course

426 Hagens Alley

Crazy for Hair

41 N Arrowhead Ln #C

Desert Dog Day Spa

50 S  Arrowhead  Ln #A

Desert Valley Times

355 W Mesquite Blvd, C-10

Dr. Kyle Andrus, Optometrist

330 N Sandhill #A

Final Details

450 W Mesquite Blvd

Geotech & Environmental Svc

530 Commerce Circle

Guns & Guitars

1085 W Pioneer Blvd #170

H & R Block

483 W Mesquite Blvd #B

Have Boutique Will Travel

41 N. Arrowhead Ln #B

Highland Estates Hotel

555 Highland Drive

Highland Manor Assisted Living

272 Pioneer Blvd

Holiday Inn Express

1030 W Pioneer Blvd

Jensen Property Mgmt.

114 N Sandhill Blvd #A

Klasik Kloset

312 W Mesquite Blvd

Liberty Income Tax

312 W Mesquite Blvd #5

Trimcraft/Just Imagine

At Ace Hardware

Mesquite Dental

61 N Willow  # 1

Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery

15 W Mesquite Blvd

Mesquite Police Dept

695 Mayan Circle

Mesquite Public Library

121 W First North

Mesquite Tile & Flooring

521 W Mesquite Blvd

Mesquite Toes Tap Team

At Ace Hardware

Mitchell Farmers Insurance

540 W Mesquite Blvd

Mountain America Credit Union

355 W Mesquite Blvd  #A

Nevada Bank and Trust

599 W Mesquite Blvd

Nevada Information Center

460 N Sandhill Blvd

Nevada State Bank

1130 W Pioneer Blvd

Premier Properties

1056 W Pioneer Blvd

Ready Golf & Gear

550 W Pioneer Blvd #156

Salvation Army

355 W Mesquite Blvd, B-50

Shereen’s Hair & Nails

50 S Arrowhead Ln #C

Valley Leavitt Insurance

21 E. Mesquite Blvd

Wolf  Creek Golf Course

403 Paradise Pkwy