Mary Washington College Unveils Memorial to Civil Rights Pioneer
A permanent memorial to civil rights pioneer Dr. James Farmer, who served as distinguished visiting professor of history at Mary Washington College from 1985 to 1998, was unveiled at the college late last month. The larger-than-life bust of Farmer was designed by sculptor Richard Stravitz of Richmond and was cast in bronze by Wegner Metals Arts Inc. of Fredericksburg. The bust will sit on a marble pedestal, cut by Tony Grappone of A.P. Grappone and Sons, of Richmond. READ MORE
W&M Dedicates Garden in Honor of Tyler Family Legacy
In recognition of the Lyon Gardiner Tyler legacy – and a family legacy to the College of William and Mary that spans three centuries – a new garden was dedicated at the college April 30, 2004.
The new Tyler Family Garden includes bronze busts of three members of this extraordinary family – Lyon Gardiner Tyler, the 17th president of William and Mary; his father, the 10th U.S. President, John Tyler, who served as rector and chancellor of the college; and Lyon Gardiner Tyler’s grandfather, John Tyler, who served as the 18th governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The three bronze busts sit on granite pedestals and were designed by Richmond-based sculptor Richard Stravitz, who worked on the project for more than a year. READ MORE
Supporters of the Pony League pledged to commemorate the original field, enlisting sculptor Richard Stravitz to create a statue for the park. The etched brick pavers will be arranged in the shape of home plate around "Good Game" and are available for purchase.
"That ball field really was the center of what was a very interesting and vibrant community in Kempsville," Albero said. "We'd really like to surround the statue with all of those memories."
Richard Stravitz’s case in bronze, titled “Good Game,” commemorates 50 years of Kempsville Pony baseball – from 1959 to 2009.
In May, which is ALS Awareness month, the quilts were featured in an art, jewelry and quilt exhibit and sale at Richard Stravitz 30th Street Fine Art Gallery in Virginia Beach. 100% of the proceeds of the sales of quilts and 20% of the proceeds from sales of art at the gallery were donated to ALS Research. On June 25, Kathy Thompson and Richard Stravitz presented Emory University Neurosurgeon Dr. Nicholas Boulis with a $50,000 ALS Research grant. Here's the presentation:
Richard Stravitz Bronze JT’s Grommet Island Beach Park & Playground
Two life-size bronze “grommets” (slang for young surfers) greet visitors at JT’s Grommet Island Beach Park and Playground for EveryBODY at the 1st Street Jetty, the older one mentoring the younger on the challenges that lie ahead.
JT’s Grommet Island is the first beach playground designed for adults and children of all physical capabilities, and was inspired by Josh Thompson, a Virginia Beach local and avid surfer who was diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2006. When Josh was unable to access the beach in his wheelchair, the idea for the 100% handicap accessible oceanfront park was born, with JT’s Grommet Island opening in 2010.
Anticipation was commissioned to honor Josh and the fight against ALS and is dedicated to the JT Walk participants who have made JT’s Grommet Island a reality. Funds for park maintenance and other ALS-related causes are raised each year during the JT Walk & Beach Party, which has become the largest ALS walk in the country.
The Virginia Gentlemen have done a great deal to support this cause as well. See how you can get involved and visit their website here.
Commitment To Excellence in Art & Sport: A Fine Art Competition and Exhibit
In September the Museum of Sports 4th annual international show will open at the New Canaan Historical Society. The National Art Museum of Sport was founded in 1959 by Germain Glidden, a Silvermine painter and athlete.
The Preview party will be on Saturday September 6th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Cost to attend $50 Reservations can be made by calling the society 203-966-1776
The Public Opening will be Sunday September 7th from 3:00 - 5:00 pm with an awards ceremony at 6:00pm - READ MORE
Old Dominion University loves its mascot, Big Blue.
At a packed celebration on Friday, Oct. 4, a 7-foot-tall bronze likeness of Big Blue was unveiled in Webb Center. The idea for the statue, the work of Virginia Beach sculptor Richard Stravitz, was conceived by members of ODU's Student Government Association (SGA) after seeing a similar statue at another university. The SGA leaders hoped to start a new tradition to go along with the statue.
Now that the bronze Big Blue stands sentry over Webb Center, looking out on Kaufman Mall, SGA leaders announced that tradition: as students start their career at ODU, each student will take their picture with Big Blue to mark the beginning of their Monarch journey.
Throughout their journey, ODU students are encouraged to revisit the statue and rub Blue's belly so as to bring wealth, good luck and prosperity. Four years later, students will again take their picture with Big Blue as part of their graduation celebration.
"This is a very exciting day for Old Dominion University," said President John R. Broderick. "For our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to be able to see Big Blue immortalized, and take a picture with the statue and touch it for luck, makes this a very proud day to be a Monarch."
LOCAL NEWS - The Virginian Pilot Stravitz opens another gallery in Virginia Beach Stacy Parker Jul 3, 2012 Richard Stravitz and Jan DiGiovanni consider the placement of paintings at Stravitz’s new art gallery on 30th Street. The 6,000-square-foot building was renovated floor to ceiling.