The ViBe Creative District in Virginia Beach invites you to come out and help paint the pavement this Saturday.
The creative crosswalk painting will take place from noon until 4 p.m. at the intersection of 19th Street and Cypress Avenue in Virginia Beach as part of the District’s Second Saturday event series. This will be the third artist-led community-painted creative crosswalk in the District this year sponsored by grants from the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Business Consortium for Arts Support.
For this latest effort, local artist Allison Termine of Chesapeake, VA. was selected from an open call to artists in October. Artists from across Virginia were eligible to submit a design to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). A panel consisting of local business owners, a member of the Virginia Beach Public Art Committee, ViBe District non-profit members and Friends of the Creative District members selected the design which features the state bird of Virginia, the cardinal on a color striped background.
The artist will sketch the design onto the pavement at 19th Street and Cypress from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday. The public is then invited to assist in painting the design onto the pavement between the hours of noon and 4 p. m. Finally, the artist will have from 4 until 6 p.m. for touch ups and drying time until 8 p.m. The intersection of 19th Street and Cypress will be closed all day for public safety with the Virginia Beach Police’s assistance.
Said Termine in her artist’s statement, “Throughout human cultures, the natural occurrence of rainbows is seen as a spiritual or mythic symbol of hope, revelation, promises, the light of the future, joyous realization and other positive meanings. For this project, I chose to pair a universally recognized symbol for unity with a geometric representation of Virginia’s state bird, a red Cardinal. The pairing will highlight the important role the that the Virginia Beach Resort and ViBe Creative District play as a place for unity and inclusion where all people are welcome and respect.
“Rainbows are also widely understood as a symbol of transformation, unity, divinity, provision, blessings, spiritual light, divine guidance, inner riches, and more. Red cardinals are considered a creative force, with their vibrant red color representing vitality and creativity. It’s a perfect combination for a ViBe Creative District and the City of Virginia Beach!”
Additional activities will take place during the crosswalk painting at ViBe Creative District businesses.