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Support Portsmouth Public Art is excited to invite everyone to enjoy our latest series of entertaining and interactive public art murals that encourage visitors to “Be a pART of ART”. Art Wings in Portsmouth, Virginia began with 3 murals of wings located in Olde Towne Portsmouth. However,with a matching grant from the Portsmouth Museum & Fine Arts Commission, it expanded to 10 murals located throughout the city. Whether you feel angelic, proud, or just dream of flying – you can enjoy creating fun and lasting memories of your visit to Portsmouth when you interact with our Winging it Through Portsmouth murals.
ANGELIC WINGS Artist: Sue Landerman. Located on the Middle Street Mall behind the Children’s Museum of Virginia
FANCIFUL HUMMINGBIRD Artist: Victoria Weiss located on the Middle Street Mall across from the Children’s Museum of Virginia
MADAGASCAN MOON MOTH Artists: Ben and Carolyn Riley. Located at the Coffee Shoppe, 300 High Street facing Middle Street
Playful Biplane by Victoria Weiss located at Barons Pub 500 High Street
PROUD PEACOCK Artist: Clayton Singleton. Located at Drug Center Pharmacy, 600 High Street
FLITTING DRAGONFLY Artist: Matthew Diggs. Located at 505 Washington Street (at High Street)
AWESOME OWL WINGS Artist: Victoria Weiss. Located at 4510 Twin Pines Road (Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve)
COLORFUL BUTTERFLY Artist: Chris Green. Located at 5700 Churchland Boulevard (JoJacks Espresson Bar and Cafe)
LOVELY LADYBUG Artist: Aimee Bruce. Located at 340 Broad Street (Meet, Greet, and Eat)
SERIOUS STEAMPUNK: Artist: Ellen Bible. Welder: Chris Goodwin. Located at 900 High Street
Note: Awesome Owl Wings was funded by an Environmental Education and Stewardship Grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. SPPA assisted with production & installation only.
Portsmouth has a wonderful public art catalog consisting of murals, 3-dimensional art, and more throughout the city . If you are strolling through Olde Towne, you can enjoy our Portsmouth Cultural Arts District self-guided walking tour. During the 1.25 mile walk you will pass 28 pieces of public art! On the Second Saturday of the month, you can Bike the Arts for a guided bicycle tour of the art around Olde Towne.
If you want to challenge your sleuthing skills, try the Walk Your Art Out Public Art Scavenger Hunt. Download your clues and set out to find ten different pieces located throughout Olde Towne. You could even win a prize! And if you’re looking for something for the kids, take them hunting for Toads along High Street. Toads on High is based on a children’s book by John Joyce and features 13 different toads found in shop windows. From two-story tall trout to bronze sculptures and bas relief, there is something for everyone to love.
Support Portsmouth Public Art was formed by volunteers in 2010 with a mission dedicated to purchase and install public art, to educate citizens in art appreciation and to create outreach to the neighborhoods in Portsmouth. SPPA believes that cities gain value through public art – cultural, social, and economic value. Art is a universal language that traverses racial, educational and economic barriers, enhancing cultural appreciation, awareness and health and overall well being. Our goal is to create a positive and visual presence of art of all kinds historic Portsmouth.