Lovers of Olde Towne Portsmouth who have expressed a devotion to their neighborhood through public art have started a trend that continues to grow. First, the Supporters of Portsmouth Public Art brought a beloved frog to the entrance of the Children’s Museum of Virginia. Then, TowneBanker Aaron Kelly enlisted mural artist Sam Welty to create the commemorative War of 1812 mural along Effingham Street. Next, a decorative switchbox cover was installed at the intersection of Court and High, and the city added another Welty creation on the Water Street wall of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum. SPPA then asked Welty to use his imagination to create a special children’s mural on the wall above the China Garden restaurant, adjacent to the Children’s Museum. Now, a chalkboard begging passers-by to list their answers to the question, “Before I die I want to . . . ” has popped up in front of the old Colony Theatre. What’s next? Stay tuned . . .
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