Support Portsmouth Public Art celebrates the completion of their “Return of Public Art to Portsmouth” campaign with a dedication on Thursday, October 8th at 6pm at ORZO Pottery Studio in Olde Towne.
There will be a walking tour of the newly painted murals and refreshments will be served.
“Presently a semi-retired physician, I spend much of my time traveling. In these travels I get to marvel at the wonders of nature and humans. Art is everywhere and it lifts the spirit,” said John Joyce, one of the founders of SPPA. “I want the great people of Portsmouth to experience the same. SPPA is lucky to have a group of citizens willing to give their time and money to such a exciting adventure.”
The murals located on The Colony Theater building on the 400 block of High Street honor hometown musicians Ruth Brown, Tommy Newsom, and Bill Deal, and were painted by Yorktown artist Mandy Smith.
Historic figure, Commodore Barron, is featured on the side of 606 Court Street, just yards away from his grave in the Trinity Church Courtyard and within two blocks of the movie theater named for him. This mural was painted by local artist Sam Welty.
“The best thing about any type of painting that I do is the way my work effects people’s lives,” said Welty. “It allows me to share my art and expression. That’s a great feeling.”
Speckled Trout jump out at you from the side of 464 Dinwiddie Street (above). The real ones jump around in Scotts Creek and the Elizabeth River and are a favorite of local fishermen. Sam Welty also painted this mural.