Sam Welty To Paint A New Mural At The Virginia
Local artist, Sam Welty, has been given the green
light to paint a new mural that will span almost
an entire block at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
The mural will serve as a tribute to local fallen
heroes, including members of all branches of the
military and local first responders lost in the
line of duty. This is the latest in Welty's series
of Great America tribute murals. It will be located
on Pacic Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets.
Welty, known for his iconic landmark murals throughout
Coastal Virginia and beyond, is grateful for this
opportunity to replace his military tribute mural
that was recently taken from the community. The
lost mural, which depicted local fighter squadronslying
above the aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise, had
served as a beacon for locals and tourists at the
South End of the Oceanfront before it was painted
over last November. Welty states, "The
loss of the mural was devastating, not only personally,
but for the loss of what it represented to the local
community as well."
Looking forward, the focus will be on the positive
impact of honoring the men and women of the United
States Military and local first responders who
have made the ultimate sacrice for our country
and the local community. Welty explains, "With
the loss of the original mural, and the planning
of the new one, it has become clear that this project
is too big to be considered simply my own. This
tribute mural belongs to the entire community."
artist has enlisted the help of Virginia Art with
Heart, a local 501(c) (3) nonprot, to facilitate
community involvement. As the mural is being painted,
locals and tourists will be invited to "check
in" and share live videos and photos on social
media so the entire country can share in the excitement.
Long after its completion, the mural will remain
a destination for photo and video opportunities
for visitors at the Oceanfront.
Virginia Art with Heart will also participate in
planning the Mural Dedication ceremony, slated for
Saturday, June 10th, at 11am. Admission will be
free and open to the public. Professional fundraising
organization, CoeConnect, is organizing a Bar Crawl
immediately following the ceremony, from noon to
4pm. Bar Crawl admission bracelets will soon be
available for purchase.
Lori Dunn, Virginia Art with Heart's Co-Founder
and President, says, "With the support of Sam
Welty and other local artists and sponsors, we'll
be helping to raise money and awareness for about
20 nonprofits that serve the military and local
first responders. We are honored to have been chosen
to help. It's what we do!"
For more information on how to donate and get involved
with this project, visit www.tributemural.com
-- Susan M. Vertullo