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PRESS RELEASE

 
For more information contact:
Stephie Jones, Stephie Jones Art
757.802.6974 | info@stephiejones.com
www.stephiejones.com

Artist Stephie Jones' Oyster Painting
Chosen for VIBE District Crosswalk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 18, 2018
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.— The VIBE District panel selected painting, "Gather," by local artist Stephie Jones to be integrated into the 18th Street Corridor Improvements in the ViBe Creative District! This is one of four crosswalks that will be outfitted with the work of talented Virginia artists. 

Construction is slated to begin in November 2018 and last through most of 2019—which means that the crosswalks will likely be installed in Fall 2019. The thermoplastic material is expected to last 5-10 years so residents and visitors can enjoy seeing her artwork on a daily basis.

Stephie comments, "I'm incredibly honored to have my work chosen. I'd like to send a heartfelt thank you to Dave Hansen, Ron Williams and Emily Labows for their visionary leadership of the arts district, support of working artists and full City funding of these semi-permanent crosswalks. I'd also like to thank Kate Pitman, Executive Director for the VIBE District for her championing of this artistic use.

My work will grace that space for the next 5-10 years. It’s incredibly meaningful for me, and I hope it will bring joy to residents and visitors of Virginia Beach for years to come."  

More About The Road Improvements

The City of Virginia Beach and ViBe Creative District are adding 4 new crosswalks to the Creative Crosswalk program in 2019. Artists submitted designs for these new 4-arm crosswalks which will be produced with thermoplastic material during the 18th Street Road improvement projects scheduled to begin October 2018. This project is the first of its kind in Virginia Beach and is significant given that thermoplastic crosswalks are expected to have a lifespan of 5-10 years. Crosswalks are in the Virginia Beach resort area on 18th Street at the cross streets: Cypress Avenue, Mediterranean Ave, Baltic Avenue and Arctic Avenue. Construction is expected to take one year for the roadway project, during which the full-color thermoplastic crosswalk designs will be professionally applied to the fresh pavement by road construction crews. These colorful public artworks will create a sense of place and sense of arrival within the arts district for up to a decade.

About Stephie Jones

Stephie Jones is a fine artist living and working in Virginia Beach, Va. A graduate of James Madison University (2002), she paints bright, lively and colorful work in multiple mediums including oil, acrylic and watercolor. Her work (original paintings and limited edition prints) is released in collections on scheduled release dates on her web site, stephiejones.com. Release dates and sneak previews of her upcoming work can be found on Facebook (facebook.com/stephiejonesart/) Instagram (instagram.com/stephie_jones_art) or by signing up for her e-newsletter.

High Res Images Available Here. Relevant images below.

Additional media contacts:

Dave Hansen, City Manager DHansen@vbgov.com

Ron Williams, Deputy City Manager RWilliams@vbgov.com

Emily Labows, Office of Cultural Affairs elabows@vbgov.com

Kate Pittman, Executive Director, ViBe Creative District 757-202-9533 | Kate@ViBeCreativeDistrict.org 

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Artist Stephie Jones with oyster painting Gather

Artist Stephie Jones with oyster painting Gather

Artist Stephie Jones oyster painting Gather