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.
The Cook Foundation presents the 7th annual Symphony under the Stars FREE Family Concert on Saturday, June 8th at 8:00PM “on the lawn” of Main Street & Walter Reed Way. The concert will be given by the Virginia Symphony orchestra, conducted by Maestro Benjamin Rous. Executive Director of the Cook Foundation, Jenny Crittenden, stated, “The Cook Foundation is very excited to be able to continue to bring this much anticipated annual event to the community and carry on our mission of enhancing the quality of life here in Gloucester through the arts.” The public is encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Dine on Main Street before the concert and receive 10% off at the following locations by mentioning to your server you are attending the concert: El Ranchito, Anna’s Pizza, Olivia’s in the Village, Bangkok Noi, Jessica’s on Main, Wild Ginger and Courthouse Restaurant. Picnics are welcome too! Boy Scout Troop 111 will be on site selling food as well.
Road closures will be in effect on Main Street between Belroi Rd. (at Church of the St. Therese) and Newington Baptist Church between the hours of 6:30PM and 10:00PM to facilitate the concert. General parking will be available along Main Street, in the back lots of Newington Baptist Church and in Gloucester County Government parking lots. Special needs parking will be available at Newington Baptist Church & St. Therese by permit only.
For more information please call Jenny Crittenden @ 824-9614. Sponsored by the Cook Foundation, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Main Street Preservation Trust, Chesapeake Bank, Gloucester Main Street Association, Martin, Ingles & Hensley, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Colonial Virginia Bank, Dr. Tim Leigh, DDS., Tomlinson Exterminating & XTRA 99.1FM and Creative Art & Design.
The 2014 Concert is set for Saturday, May 31st, 8PM. More information to follow.
The Pocahontas Mural tells the story of Pocahontas and how she was able to transcend two worlds: the English and the Powhatan nations. The artist shows the two cultures, treating them both with equal respect and importance. The artist, Michael Kirby, did extensive historical research to portray as accurately as possible the lives of the Indians and the settlers. The mural shows different ways they built their cities, the way they used transportation, how they used the rivers, their forms of canoes or ships, as well as their different beliefs of religion as well as showing the landscape. One scene is of London, while the other scene is of Werowocomoco; both highlight other elements such as their dress. Pocahontas is visible in both the English world and in the Powhatan world, wearing the appropriate clothing of each.
The mural was commissioned by the Cook Foundation in 2006. The Foundation wanted to honor Gloucester’s rich history and place in the colonial heritage of our nation for the 400th anniversary of Jamestown in 2007. The Cook Foundation Board chose muralist Michael Kirby of Maryland to design and execute a mural commemorating the Life and Legend of Pocahontas, our native Virginia Princess. Kirby has trained in Florence, Italy and has experience painting worldwide. The mural was funded by the Cook Foundation and the Main Street Preservation Trust.
More detailed explanations are available at the Gloucester LIbrary in the form of the brochure .
Virginia Symphony Under the Stars
FREE FAMILY CONCERT
Saturday, May 15th
Location: Main Street @ Walter Reed Way
The Cook Foundation and the Gloucester Main Street Association will host a FREE family concert – the Virginia Symphony Under the Stars on Saturday, May 15th at 8:00PM on the lawn on Main Street off of Walter Reed Way. This year’s theme will be “Singing and Dancing Around the World” and will feature guest conductor Ben Loeb and guest vocalist Amanda Batcher. This May is military appreciation month and the Symphony will conclude its presentation with a familiar military arrangement by John Phillip Sousa.
The public is encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Parking will be available along Main Street and in Gloucester County Government parking lots.
Special needs parking will be available at Newington Baptist Church & St. Therese by permit only.
For more information please call Jen Christman @ 695-0700
Dine along Main Street prior to the symphony and receive 10% off
…. Dine at the following Main Street restaurants before the concert and receive a 10% discount when you mention you are attending the concert: Sutton’s Restaurant, El Ranchito, The Sea Breeze, Bangkok Noi, Portabella, Olivia’s in the Village & The Wild Rabbit Café. Food will also be available for purchase on site by Kiwanis
Picnics are welcome too!
***Road closures will be in effect from 7:00PM – 10:00PM on Rte. 17 Bypass / Main Street on the corner of Rte. 17 at Newington Baptist Church to Belroi Road to facilitate the concert.
Sponsored by the Cook Foundation, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Chesapeake Bank, Gloucester Main Street Association, Gloucester Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Tomlinson Exterminating & XTRA 99.1FM.