Each year, the Neptune Festival Poster Artist Selection Committee visits Virginia Beach area galleries in search of a local artist whose work best visually captures what the Neptune Festival exists to promote: A celebration of beach life. This year, Virginia Beach Fine Artist Stephie Jones was commissioned to create the festival’s poster image.
Stephie Jones explains her motivation behind this year’s beautiful design, “The first time I saw the ocean, I was greeted by an endless stream of shells. All free, all for me, no limited supply. I was inspired and elated. I’d comb through them and lose time. It’s also how I feel about the people I see at the beach. In creating this painting, I tried to capture my own early feelings about there being no beginning or end, no start or stop, so much variety and activity without limits. The beach is a place to explore. To think. To not think. Swim or don’t. Read or sleep. Tan or burn. Float or surf. Laugh or cry. Find a creature. Lose a creature. It invites you to wander. To wonder. To come back.”
“Stephie so beautifully captured what it means to know and love the beach in her image.” Said, Nancy Creech, President and CEO of the Neptune Festival. “It’s an enchanting piece; I find it absolutely captivating. No doubt it will be a huge crowd favorite.”
Posters will be available for sale at the Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend September 27-29 at the Poster Booth located on the boardwalk at 24th Street. and also online at NeptuneFestival.com/shop-1#posters
This year’s Festival spans the length of the oceanfront boardwalk between 2nd and 36th Streets and includes an Art & Craft Show featuring the works of over 250 artists, Neptune’s Land of Sand—a huge tented display of 22 awe- inspiring sand sculpture entries to the International Sand Sculpting Championship, ongoing live entertainment from 27 musical performances on three festival stages along the boardwalk, a volleyball tournament, 8K Race, Grand Parade, delicious food—and so, so much more! Check out all the fun at NeptuneFestival.com.
For more information, visit NeptuneFestival.com or call 757.498.0215.
About Virginia Beach Neptune Festival
The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival is a private, non-profit 501-C3 organization, producing over 40 events per year, which generate tens of millions of dollars in the local economy and contribute to the charitable, educational, and recreational development of Hampton Roads. The economic impact to the area of its flagship event alone, The Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, was $23.8M in 2018. The annual weekend event is ranked among the Top 100 Events in North America and within the Top 20 Events in the Southeastern US by recognized tourism industry organizations. 2019’s Boardwalk Weekend is September 27th through 29th_ Neptune’s Sand Sculpting Championship is considered one of the best competitions of its kind in the world. For more information, call the Festival office at 757.498.0215 (1.866.NEP.FEST) or visit NeptuneFestival.com.