Have you seen the wonderful new murals in the Toddler Room? Where before our pirate ship sat in a room of beige, forlornly looking for a sea with which to embark on adventures, now it sits BENEATH the sea.
Our ship has become a SUNKEN pirate ship hiding amongst fish, coral, seaweed, jellyfish, and other magical sea creatures.
The work is the brainchild of talented, award-winning artist J.E. Matzer who generously donated his time and talent in creating this magical space for our young Museum visitors. Not only did he spend months creating the murals at his home in Richmond, Virginia, he traveled to Charlottesville over a period of weeks to assist our Exhibit Coordinator Jennifer Thompson Elmore with the installation of each mural. Then he painstakingly added detailed artwork around each mural to "blend" them into the Toddler Room walls.
During the process, a parent with a sense of humor couldn't help but ask, "Are you going to paint an oil spill too?" Hardee-har har! :0) But no, not on these walls. These walls are an undersea wonderland where Sid the Squid, Larry Lobster and Jebediah Jellyfish frolic and play in and around the pirate ship. And now your little ones can too!
You can view more photos here. Stop by soon and pay Sid the Squid a visit. He'd love to see you!
Thanks to J.E. Matzer for his donation of time, talent, and photographs, and to Kate Steere of Everyday C'ville for her photo!