Outdoor Art in Olde Towne
Portsmouth is a great place to see outdoor art! These projects were sponsored by the local non-profit group, Support Portsmouth Public Art in conjunction with the Portsmouth Museums, Friends of the Portsmouth Public Library and Fine Arts Commission.
As you are strolling through the streets in Olde Towne, you will notice some beautiful, fun and even unexpected art. Here are some of the murals and statues you might find:
“The First Amendment Sculpture” honoring the First Amendment: Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Press is located on the landing in front of the Portsmouth Public Library at 601 Court Street.
“Playful Children” a mural by Sam Welty, is on the east, second floor wall of 307 High Street.
“Tommy Newsom, Ruth Brown, and Bill Deal”, three murals of famous musicians from Portsmouth, all painted by Mandy Smith, are displayed on 430 High Street (the old Colony Theater).
“I’ve Been Kissed” a bronze toad sculpture by Pokey Park, is on the Middle Street Mall in front of the Children’s Museum of Virginia.
“Commodore James Barron”, a mural of one of the famous historic Portsmouth citizens, painted by Sam Welty, is on the south wall of 606 Court Street.
“Speckled Trout”, a mural painted by Sam Welty, is on north side of 464 Dinwiddie Street.