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4-year-old artist adds color and hope to East County bank rebuilding after fire

Aviana Dobesh La Mesa Union Bank
Aviana Dobesh La Mesa Union Bank
Union Bank La Mesa
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Posted at 7:15 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 22:19:29-05

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Union Banks' temporary branch in La Mesa welcomed a 4-year-old local artist Wednesday to thank her for creating healing and hopeful artwork in the days following the fire that destroyed the branch in May 2020.

Branch manager Carlton Hill says on behalf of Union Bank, the company wanted to personally thank Aviana Dobesh for the artwork she created during civil unrest. Her parents and 6-year-old brother Talon accompanied Aviana.

Union Bank has plans to rebuild its downtown La Mesa branch that was set ablaze in May 2020 as protest marches against racial injustice turned into riots.


The bank selected Aviana’s "All You Need Is Love" painting to be featured inside its temporary branch and on related marketing posters. The temporary branch opened on Jan 25, 2021.

"Her message of hope really resonated with the Union Bank team and brings smiles to the faces of employees and clients when they enter the temporary branch," said Hill in a statement.

The family toured the branch where Aviana’s artwork is on display, and Aviana was given some art-inspired gifts, including online art classes, craft supplies, and magnetic building blocks as a token of thanks from the branch team.