July 18, 2013 @ 6:27 pm
posted by wdtp
Beehive Poster

If you are interested in purchasing
the Beehives of Gloucester Poster for $20, please call
Jenny Crittenden, Director

The Beehive Project was the brain child of philanthropist, Edwin Joseph. The original shape was created by Carolyn Dudley, Adrianne Ryder-Cook and Philip Wagner from dryer venting and clay. It was painted with vivid pink, white, and red hearts, named “Bee My Valentine”, and placed in front of the BB&T building to arouse interest.

Proposed Designs for the sculptures were reviewed by three judges. Selected participants received a certificate in recognition of their support of the arts. Each Gloucester Public School received a beehive to paint and decorate. In all, 56 beehives were awarded.

Beehives began appearing all over. Completed beehives were assembled along residential Main Street for the public to see. After people walked and examined the statues, they voted on winners. After the vote, the beehives were auctioned to the public – with the exception of school beehives which remained with their creators.

Of the 56 beehives, many remain visible in the county, decorating both public and private spaces. Some have traveled out of state. At least one rests on the bottom of the York River, following Hurricane Isabel. This exciting art project is currently, therefore, both visible and invisible.
The original project was part of the Gloucester County 350th Celebration. The project roused public interest in art and boosted county pride. Participants ranged from elementary students to professional artists. The project directly supported the mission statement of the Cook Foundation and culminated with an auction and celebration which raised money for future art events.

The original Beehive Project launched the Foundation into many new projects and the Foundation now plans to extend efforts to include additional projects in music, dance, writing, and photography.

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