Artist Patti Rosner delivering these remarks to the Board of Supervisors
It was the spring of 2013 that I announced a project concept to weave together ART, HISTORY and COMMUNITY SERVICE. I would paint one village scene from each of our five districts, to represent a walk through our village past from decades ago.
The project would need a home, and when I approached the Board of Supervisors and Rebecca Dickson, County Administrator, I was not sure, that sight unseen they would grant the space. My request was granted and I am honored that they had the faith in my project to give my paintings a permanent home in this administration building. I thank you for that!
Hadensville, Sandy Hook, and Courthouse Village paintings
Along with a home, the project needed a mission and funding. I proposed to do the work, create merchandise from digital images, and since this was a community endeavor, I pledged to give the profits back to the community, once all costs were recovered.
I dedicate this group of village paintings to the residents of Goochland County. While the paintings will be housed in the Administration building, these 6 original paintings have been gifted to and are now the property of the Goochland Historical Society. They will see that this collection will always be in the public view for all to enjoy.
Crozier, Oilville, and Sabot Villages
I will continue to promote and sell the products through the rest of this fiscal year, for the benefactors of this project.
I would like to take a moment to express some appreciation. Thank you to all of the community organizations that allowed me to present and promote the project over the past two years.
Supervisors Robert Minnick, Susan Lascolette, and Ken Peterson looking at the unveiled paintings from their districts.
Thank you to the residents that allowed me interviews to tell their personal stories. Their memories helped create the snapshot of people and places that have faded into the mist of time.
Thank you to the patrons that purchased the products to keep the project going from one painting to the next.
Phyllis Silber, Patti Rosner and Sally Graham.
Thanks to Sally Graham and Adair Roper with Goochland Family Services and their staff of volunteers whose work for our neighbors less fortunate, operates with no federal funding, relying on the community for support. This concept embraces the history and stories told to me as I researched how folks lived and worked in our community years ago. It is nice to know this spirit lives on.
Thanks to Phyllis Silber and the talented folks she attracts to serve the community to preserve our history. She and the staff showed how much they love history by obliging me as I tried to track down every small detail to tell the stories I would paint.
Thanks to my family for indulging my passion for this project! My studio looks like “Pig Pen” has taken up residence, our guest bedroom has become warehouse for merchandise, and our dining room a frame a matting station!
My daughter and son-in-law, Kari and Amin Reyess, owners of Courthouse Pizza and Market, have always supported the community with donations and they have graciously supported this project allowing the full purchase price to go back to the project and the community.
Thanks to everyone on any level that has supported this project.