(Virginia Beach, VA) June 2, 2019– The ViBe Creative District nonprofit announced today that the public is welcome to participate in a creative crosswalk painting event on Saturday, June 8th from 10am-2pm at on 17th Street in Virginia Beach. A total of 4 crosswalks will be painted by local artists and the public at the North and South crosswalks for intersections of 17th Street and Baltic Avenue and 17th Street and Mediterranean Avenue. These locations were selected to highlight the Southern boundary of the arts district which also acts as a gateway to and from Town Center, Norfolk and beyond. These public artworks create a sense of place and arrival within the arts district. This will be the seventh artist-led community-painted creative crosswalk event in the ViBe Creative District since 2016; all have been sponsored by grants from the Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs, Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission, Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Business Consortium for Arts Support. The City of Virginia Beach authorizes each event.
The ViBe Creative District nonprofit published an open call to all regional artists in the Hampton Roads area from Feb 10-March 10, 2019. In total, 29 designs were submitted for consideration for the 4 crosswalks locations. Artists living in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake applied for this opportunity.
The ViBe Creative District nonprofit executive director and members of the Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Committee reviewed all designs and selected the following artists:
• KIMBERLY ANN JONES of Norfolk VA will paint at the North Crosswalk at 17th St and Baltic Ave
• STEVEN SWARTZ of Virginia Beach, VA will paint at the South Crosswalk at 17th St and Baltic Ave
• PARRISH MAJESTIC of Chesapeake, VA will paint at the South Crosswalk at 17th St and Mediterranean Ave
• CARRIE WALL of Virginia Beach will paint at the North Crosswalk at 17th St and Mediterranean Ave
The four artists will sketch the design onto the pavement on from 8-10am on Saturday, June 8th and the public is welcome to assist the artists in painting the designs onto the pavement between the hours of 10am and 2pm. All ages are welcome—no experience necessary. Finally, the artist will have from 2-4pm for touch ups and drying time from 4-8pm. Half block closures will take place on the North and South sides of Baltic Ave and Mediterranean Ave on either side of 17th Street. Traffic on 17th Street will remain open all day. Virginia Beach Police Officers will assist to ensure the safety of all participants.
Prior Creative Crosswalks in the ViBe Creative District
Since the Virginia Beach City Council designated the arts district in 2015, ViBe Creative District has partnered with more than 100 artists to add over 150 artworks to the sidewalks, roads, fences, walls, trees and landscape of the 15-block area. The nonprofit is equally dedicated to local art and creative industries, partnering with 80 local businesses to support the district programming and events year- round.
Previously, the public participated in painting 9 temporary creative crosswalk artworks: two linear creative crosswalks located on 18th Street at the Mediterranean and Cypress intersections which were painted by artists Steve Schmucker and Rick Nickel (2016), a the large intersection mural at 19th Street and Cypress painted by artist Allison Termine (2016), a black and white barefoot linear crosswalk at 19th and Mediterranean by teen artist Ava Borte (2017), three colorful linear crosswalks on Parks Avenue at the 21st and 22nd Street intersections by artists Devon Miller, Mensah Bey and Christopher Kozak (2018) and a larger intersection crosswalk on Cypress Ave at 21st and ½ St by artist Katerin Goold (2018). Four new permanent intersection artworks are planned for 19th Street upon completion of current infrastructure improvements utilizing stone pavers.
All crosswalk murals and art can be found in the Google mural map app for the ViBe Creative District, click here to view online, which has been viewed over 50,000 times since it was created in 2017.
In the event of rain, the event will be cancelled and RESCHEDULED. Payment must be dry to paint.
ARTISTS, ARTWORK & LOCATIONS:
KIMBERLY JONES – North Crosswalk at 17th St and Baltic
About the artist:
Kimberly Ann Jones, a Norfolk resident says: “I pull inspiration from my fascination with color and how color can spark emotions from a single glance. My subject matter varies but currently I have been passionate about floral motifs that showcase flowers and greenery native to Virginia. I love to experiment with the way that colors interact with each other and can and evoke a wide array emotional responses, but I tend to focus on color selections that elicit joyful responses. My recent work explores the ideas of joy and play through the use of graphic black lines and a bright tropical palette.” Instagram: @kimberlyannejonesart
STEVE SWARTZ – South Crosswalk at 17th St and Baltic Ave
About the Artist:
Steve Swartz is born and raised on the East Coast and is a long time resident of Virginia Beach. He works for the VBPD and is assigned to Virginia Beach Middle School. He makes graphics and paintings and has even illustrated a children’s book called Dreamcatcher with author Amy Henderson Harris. Steve’s motto for art is creating radical designs for sensible people, and vice verse. Check out his Instagram: @yellowdoorstudios
PARRISH MAJESTIC – South Crosswalk at 17th St and Mediterranean Ave
About the artist:
Parrish Majestic is a local artist currently living in Chesapeake, VA. “I’ve been painting for about 7 years and have been full time for 4 years now. I have a total of 30 murals spread across the 7 cities in barbershops and beauty salons, restaurants, juice bars, Norfolk public schools, and non-profit organizations including Circle of Friends LLC and PETA.” Instagram: @0hpm
CARRIE WALL – North Crosswalk at 17th St and Mediterranean Ave
About the artist:
Carrie Wall is a local Virginia Beach artist living near the oceanfront. “My art is sparked by anything that brings me joy. I’m semi-retired and love: walks along the oceanfront, my family, art, cooking, good wine & food, and blogging on all the amazing things VA Beach offers on my website TheGuide4u.com.”
About the ViBe Creative District
The ViBe Creative District non-profit is a 501c3 that exists to promote, support, connect, and inspire the creative industries to boost our local economy, grow jobs, and enhance our quality of life. It works to create and revive economic vibrancy in our neighborhood with a remarkable local vibe.
Additionally, ViBe strives to enhance a place of discovery for locals and visitors along with economic vitality to meet the City of Virginia Beach’s vision for a quality resort destination. For more information on please visit www.ViBeCreativeDistrict.org, email info@ViBeCreativeDistrict.org call 757-202-9533 or follow ViBe Creative District on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ViBeCreativeDistrict and Instagram at www.instagram.com/thevibecreativedistrict/