Great Neck Recreation Center

Artist: Rosemarie Spracklin

Material Used: Enamel Paint

Location: 2521 Shorehaven Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

In January 2019, The Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department and Parks & Recreation sought out local artists to propose painted mural concepts for Bayside, Great Neck and Princess Anne Recreation Centers. The proposals were narrowed down to five finalists, and the public was asked to vote for their favorite mural. Over 2,800 people voted online, and the three artists with the most votes were Rosemarie Spracklin, Aimee Bruce, and Navid Rahman. Rosemarie Spracklin painted her mural at Great Neck Recreation Center.

"My idea originates from relatable experiences of my attraction to continuously live here — the ocean. My father was a ShellBack Sailor, and in dedication of him, and for those who serve(d), I immediately thought of a turtle, as it is depicted in Neptune’s hand at our oceanfront’s renown landmark off 31st Street. I used to pretend to be a mermaid, myself, whenever I swam at the recreation center.” said Rosemarie

About the Artist

R​osemarie Spracklin is a Virginia Beach resident who has painted murals for Elixir Sensory Gallery in Hampton and at nonprofit creative art studio, Utopia Feni in Virginia Beach.